10 Tips for
“If you don’t plan your time, someone else will help you waste it.” Zig Ziglar
10 TIPS FOR SETTING HOMESCHOOL GOALS
If you want to succeed, you need to plan ahead. You need to know where you’re going and have an idea about how to get there. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” So let’s start today and create a plan.
Consider these 10 tips for setting homeschool goals:
- Visualize. Before you decide your goals, picture the destination. Have a vision for the future. What do you want your children to remember about their time in your home? What memories do you want to create?
- Have a mission statement. Mission statements assign direction. Our mission statement for our homeschool is “To provide a well-rounded education tailored to each child with real world experiences while making memories and nurturing their creativity.”
- Think about what is essential. In The Little Prince, the fox says, “Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Remember that childhood is ephemeral. Whatever goals you set, enjoy this precious time and don’t let the necessary overshadow the essential.
- Have an action plan. Prioritize your goals to stay focused. After you start implementing your plan, reflect and take notes on what works. Eliminate distractions (keep the TV off, limit phone calls, protect the time reserved for homeschooling). Capitalize on the time you have. When you say “yes” to something, you are inevitably saying “no” to something else. Ask yourself if the activity you’re doing is worth your time and moving you toward your goal.
- Make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based) Add reminders to your phone and create due dates on your calendar.
- Divide and conquer. Break the overall goal into smaller steps. Think about the large-scale picture first and then decide what steps are necessary. These steps will be your short-term (less than 3 months) or intermediate goals (3 months-1 year). Take these smaller goals and turn them into daily habits. Small tasks done daily add up; 10 minutes a day is 3,650 minutes (more than 60 hours) a year.
- Put it in writing. Keeping your vision where you can see it will keep you motivated on those days when you question your decision or lack the incentive.
- Revise when necessary. Be flexible and realistic. Make the goal more achievable. To quote Samuel Beckett, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
- Have hope. Believe that you will be able to accomplish what you set out to do. Give yourself encouragement. Beware of your self-talk and keep watch over what you think.
- Reward the effort. Celebrate the progress. Enjoy a piece of chocolate or a cup of tea after a difficult lesson or take a break and play outside.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 (ESV)