When I first started Project Walking Into a Hug, I was in the process of packing up to move across the country. The first few tasks were relatively simple and were actually a joy to implement, despite my high level of stress. But then I got to #4 and it told me I had to have a schedule for my family. And I totally freaked out.
I do not do well with schedules.
I realize that this is my problem and that I need to buck up and stop making excuses (too right-brained, schedules make me angry [they do!], too easily distracted, whatever happened to spontaneity, need I go on?) and just do the dang schedule.
But a schedule for the entire day is just plain overwhelming to me. And even though it's now been two whole years (TODAY!) since I moved, it still freaks me out.
This week, I knew I had to try to tackle this, and so I thought about it long and hard. Finally, I decided that I don't need to schedule everything all at once. I don't need to shock my family into a schedule when they are so used to my more--shall we say creative?--way of living.
I thought of what the worst time of the day is for me, and I made a schedule for that.
If you must know, it's bedtime.
And so, tonight at Family Home Evening, we will be introducing the brand shiny new bedtime schedule to the girls. I have high hopes. School starts in three weeks, and if we start now, maybe bedtime will be the best time of the day come September 6.
One can only hope.
And when that schedule is all a concrete part of our lives (see how much faith I'm showing?), I will then create and implement a schedule for the morning, which is the second worst time of day, followed closely by getting the girls off the bus in the afternoon. Baby steps.
The next goal is setting Family Rules. I must admit, we've never really sat down and written them out--complete with attached consequences--before, so this will be something new. I think it will be very helpful.