- Homeschooling options have exploded over the years, leading to overwhelm.
- Three steps to escape overwhelm and make confident choices.
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Step 1: Adopt a New Mindset:
- Oliver Burkeman's advice to view options as a river, not a bucket.
- Think of options as a privilege, not a burden.
- You won't feel guilty for not reading every book in a library – apply the same to homeschooling.
Step 2: Establish a Good Routine:
- Importance of routine for handling must-do tasks (FLYLady episode)
- Routine is a container for both must-dos and options. (Dana K. White episode)
- Incorporate loop scheduling to rotate through options on specific days or times.
- Open time blocks for spontaneous options, especially for unschooling approaches.
- Routine helps strike a balance between must-dos and desired options.
Step 3: Take a Break from Constantly Evaluating Options:
- After making choices, step away from evaluating more options.
- Turn off curriculum emails, social media accounts for a while.
- The pursuit of slight improvements isn't worth the stress and distraction.
- Mindset shift, routine establishment, and controlled engagement with options help overcome overwhelm.
- Prioritize making memories, connection, and meeting core requirements.
- Don't let option overwhelm steal your joy and confidence in homeschooling.