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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Keeping Track of Your Homeschool Tasks

...alt title: "If Aesop Tweeted"

As the warm water poured over me this morning in the shower, I thought of a great blog topic.

Now I have forgotten it.

Like the fox giving up on obtaining some grapes, I'd like to think my idea wasn't very good anyway. But, like the fable, that likely isn't the case.

"Write me a sticky," my mother tells me. I do the same for myself if I need to remember something. The bright yellow square slapped on my wallet or phone is an excellent reminder to bring my camera or return things to the library.

Unfortunately, stickies don't survive well in the shower.

As a busy homeschool parent I'm sure there are many things you would forget if not for the tools you've found. Here are four things that help me keep track of stuff:

  1. Stickies
  2. Computer scratch pad
  3. Whiteboard
  4. Desktop "notes.txt" file

I've even entertained the idea of texting a Tweet to myself when I'm away from a computer and don't have access to paper and pen. I haven't been that desperate yet.

Might be fun though.

So how about? Do you write notes to yourself in your IG? On your fridge? On your kid's forehead? How do you keep track of your homeschool tasks, schedule, shopping list and such?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Surrogate Father


The Reader said...

It is funny you bring this up today. I keep a notepad on the desk, near my computer and our school area. I jot things down on random bits of paper, worksheets, math pages, etc. I do keep notes in the IG when I need to. Or on the calendar -- the nice, big, large-squared paper calendar. -contented sigh-

But, I learned today: be sure you jot enough that, 3 days later, you will remember what "music mix-ups" means when you consult your "things to blog about" list. Oops.

Maybe this tweeting thing is not a bad idea....

Tammy said...

Ahhh, the best thinking time IS in the shower....come up with an idea of how best to save those moments of brilliance and your name will go down in history, Luke!


Tammy ~@~

The Hibbard Family said...

I have a confession to make - I have stooped that low. DM on Twitter to myself, emails to myself, etc. Yep, been there, done that. Whatever it takes!

Luke Holzmann said...

I have that problem, Heather! Too often I jot down something and then wonder days later: What was I talking about? <smile>

Tammy, I should get working on that because, yes, I do tend to have many brilliant ideas in the shower. Or, perhaps, it's just my morning brain imagining I'm brilliant and if I wrote them down I'd suddenly learn just how not brilliant I am. ...perhaps ignorance is bliss <smile>.

Ann, I email myself frequently <smile>. But I haven't used Twitter for reminders yet. I'm pretty sure the day will come <laughing>.


Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

I have never really followed a schedule. I am scared I will break out in hives if I follow a schedule. But I looked at your IG and made my own schedule. If I don't get really itchy this week, I might even do it again sometime.

But I don't think I can do five days a week. I am going to do four and put cooking and stuff in on Wednesdays.

Hen Jen said...

I write notes to myself and then lose half of them. I have an iphone, I'm thinking of trying out evernote, maybe that will work better. Tho the fact that I have an iphone and do not use the calendar, the address book or the reminder bell/thingies doesn't predict success with yet more tech.

I'm about to make a chalkboard of ultimate power in my kitchen/dining room, I think it might be the answer
Here is a link to a post I did about where I got the idea

I do like tweeting, maybe I'll just start tweeting my to do list to myself...

Luke Holzmann said...

Any hives yet, Mrs. C? <smile> My wife isn't a schedule person--not even a routine person--but she's adjusted fairly well to giving the girls a fairly standard routine...

Jen, true: Technology doesn't magically make stuff happen. It's a tool... much like your "whiteboard of ultimate power" <smile>. Love the title.



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