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Take a MONTH off (ok, maybe a week)

This December I did something I’ve never done before. I took A MONTH off of work. I had a big deadline on December 31st and I decided to move it up to November 30th. It made October and November quite intense (never thought I could actually get tired of Starbucks). But when December 1st hit I was done! Hooray! The crunch time was so worth the complete break that followed.

I can’t believe what a difference the break is making. I’ve spent so much time one-on-one with my preschooler. I didn’t know it was possible to make so many Christmas crafts (or cookies…perhaps too many cookies). My one year old spent more time in my lap with board books and evenings as a family are so relaxing.

I liked it so much that I think I might adopt this idea of taking such a long break off as a lifestyle. Sprint to the finish, get the job done, and then relax. Opposed to my typical pattern of postponement, procrastination, and endless guilt.

This past week I whipped out my mom’s planner. Sometimes it is very convenient to have a mom who is a published author 🙂

She has these great pages in the front where you plan for the year. It is supposed to be September-August, but I flipped it to start in January. I wrote out all our known commitments in 2018 and looked for busy spots (like June! A family wedding, a beach vacation, and the CHAP convention…woohoo!)

As I’m laying out my tasks for the years and planning my work hours I’m looking to block some serious time for rest. And while a MONTH was great, I think it is just going to be a week in the spring and another in the fall. Because the paradox that I discovered this December is that the rest actually makes me more productive.

PHAA Conference

This Monday on April 18th I’ll be speaking at the PHAA High School at Home conference. I’ll be presenting my Six Secrets of a Successful High School Math Program sessions and a new session on the math section of the revised SAT. This is a great opportunity to gain a vision for homeschooling right through to graduation.

The conference is also meaningful for me since I myself am a PHAA grad 🙂 It didn’t seem that long ago that I was receiving my diploma and now I am preparing others to do the same.

If you are free on Monday you can still register.

Photo credit: PHAA website.

The First Secret: Make Your Plan

The past spring I shared the 6 Secrets of a Successful College-Prep Math Program at the NCHE Thrive Conference. The first secret is to make your plan, begin the high school program by laying out a clear path to success in college. Below I posted the slip so you can hear me explain in detail how to create an excellent high school math program for any type of student.