10 Tips for Homeschooling When You Don’t Feel Like it
Have you ever had a day when you didn’t want to get out of bed? On those days homeschooling can feel like a chore. So, how do you regain your enthusiasm and drive for homeschooling?
Here are 10 solutions for homeschooling when you don’t feel like it:
- Start small. The hardest part of overcoming laziness is just getting started. You have to convince yourself to get moving. Start with just one minute. You can do just about anything for 60 seconds. After you have homeschooled for 1 minute, the rest of the day will follow. A parent in motion stays in motion!
- Start with a subject that you enjoy teaching. If you are excited, your child will get excited and when your child is excited, you will be more motivated to teach.
- Go outside and get moving. If you lose your motivation in the middle of the day, taking a break outdoors can be rejuvenating. Some businesses have initiated “walking meetings” where they discuss important details while on foot to increase productivity and stave off boredom. Homeschooling parents can utilize this tactic by teaching a lesson while strolling around the neighborhood or a park.
- Give yourself a pep talk! A simple “You’ve got this” or “Carpe diem” can go a long way. Tell yourself that you have what it takes and today is the day to do your best.
- Remember your goals. Consider your goals and life purpose. Remember why you decided to homeschool in the first place. Is what you are doing right now working toward that purpose?
- Align yourself with your values. Do you value diligence, hard work, and determination? Remember that you are teaching your children values as well. Charlotte Mason believed, “The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; on the other hand she who lets habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction.”
- Turn on some inspirational music. You might need to turn on “Eye of the Tiger” while you pull out the school supplies to get in the right mindset. Some other suggestions for inspirational music are: “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves, “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, “Don’t Worry be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin, “We are the Champions” by Queen, “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, “Seize the Day” by Carolyn Arends, “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer
- Use motivational quotes. (I have compiled some inspirational quotes here)
- “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi
- “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.” Mahatma Gandhi
- “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
- “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden
- “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” Henry Ford
- Make it a field trip day. If you doubt you will accomplish anything at home, then go somewhere educational. Take a field trip to a museum, science center, library, garden, zoo, aquarium, state park, or farm.
- Nix the distractions. Until homeschool is finished for the day, consider staying off the phone, keeping the television off, and avoiding the internet. These distractions can keep you from having a productive day. Instead use them as incentives.
How do you motivate yourself to homeschool when you don’t feel like it? Please let me know in the comments below.