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Self-Discipline – FREEDOM Tools part 4 – FAH episode 17

Discipline—self-discipline, that is—is the fifth tool in my FREEDOM toolbox—7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. Here’s a quick overview of the tools: Focus Reflect Educate Eliminate Discipline Organize Multitask Self-discipline is a major factor in how you exercise stewardship over the gifts and responsibilities God has given you—including how you manage your time. It’s the tool you use to implement the priorities that you’ve decided to focus on and to eliminate the time-consuming clutter that gets in the way of your goals. In episode 11 of the “Flourish At Home” show, we talked about setting goals for focusing on your priorities in three major areas: (1) personal, (2) family, and (3) business. Those three categories are also helpful for considering the areas where you need to exercise self-discipline. Personal Self-discipline helps you avoid the false guilt that moms often suffer when you take care of yourself wisely and avoid the true guilt that comes with self-indulgence and laziness. To be able to handle all of your responsibilities, it’s essential to make time for personal rest, renewal, and recreation. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, exercising, eating right, and drinking plenty of water. Another personal area that requires self-discipline is managing your attitudes and emotions. Work hard to overcome fear, perfectionism, discontentment, self-righteousness, and negativity. If this is a tough challenge for you, episode 9 goes into greater detail on how to honor God with your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions as well as your actions. Family Freedom and flexibility are wonderful benefits of homeschooling, but you have to be careful not to abuse that freedom. Whatever your state’s regulations on homeschooling, you are accountable to God for how you train and educate your children. It’s also important to train your children to become increasingly self-disciplined as they grow older. Learning good habits such as diligence, obedience, responsibility, and promptness will help them throughout their lives. Business Self-discipline is essential for entrepreneurs. After all, freedom to do things your own way, on your own schedule, is a major benefit of having your own business. Without the built-in accountability of reporting to an employer, you must be diligent to work hard and honor your commitments to your customers and clients. If you want struggle with managing your time and disciplining yourself to focus on yoru priorities, you’ll find many more helpful strategies, along with encouragement and inspiration, in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. It’s available on my blog at www.FlourishAtHome.com. The post Self-Discipline – FREEDOM Tools part 4 – FAH episode 17 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

10mins

22 Apr 2015

Rank #1

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What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools, Part 1 – FAH episode 12

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools (Part 1) As you go about your busy day, do you have a hard time deciding what to do next? How do you focus on what’s most important, and how do you make tough choices when there are more tasks than hours in the day? What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools (Part 1) I’ve developed 7 powerful planning tools that will help you set long-term and short-term goals to evaluate, prioritize, and conquer your never-ending to-do list. In this episode of the “Flourish at Home” show, we’ll look at how to make the best use of the first 3 of these tools: Big Dream Yearly Goals Monthly Calendar In the next episode, we’ll look at the 4 remaining planning tools. As you work with these planning tools, remember that they are your servants, not your masters. They are intended to help you focus on what really matters most to you. This quote from H. G. Wells is a great reminder: “We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.” The post What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools, Part 1 – FAH episode 12 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

12mins

4 Feb 2015

Rank #2

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Flourish at Home – Training Our Children

Flourish At HomePeople often ask me how I manage to homeschool and run a home business as a single mom. One of the most important factors is that I have taught my sons how to run the household. In this episode, I’ll talk about how to train your children to be independent and responsible, how to take initiative, and how to serve others cheerfully. These four things will prepare your children well for adulthood and contribute greatly to building a balanced life for your whole family now.These sample chore charts will give you an idea of how I allocated housework and other responsibilities among my sons at different stages of our family life:Training Your Children – Sample Chore ChartsHow do YOU teach your children responsibility, independence, initiative, and service? After you listen to the podcast, please leave a comment and share your best tips with us!The post Flourish at Home – Training Our Children appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

18mins

8 Oct 2014

Rank #3

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Laundry and Dishes and Dust–Oh My! FAH Episode 8

Laundry and dishes and dust–oh my! Laundry and dishes and dust! Do you ever feel like you’re walking through a dark, creepy forest, but instead of the unknown threats of lions and tigers and bears, you’re facing a never-ending mountain of laundry and dishes and dust? Sometimes the busyness of life can overwhelm us and tempt us to forget the profound significance of our work as homemakers. In this episode, we’ll consider the importance of homemaking with a grateful heart; learn some practical tips for housework, organization, and cooking; and find encouragement in the real significance of even the seemingly small tasks of our daily lives. The post Laundry and Dishes and Dust–Oh My! FAH Episode 8 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

17mins

5 Nov 2014

Rank #4

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Flourish at Home – Introduction to Homeschooling, Part 1

Are you considering homeschooling and wondering whether it will work for your family? Are you trying to choose curriculum? Are you an experienced homeschooler who could use a reminder of the benefits and a little encouragement? Join Mary Jo Tate as she explores the why, how, when, and where of homeschooling. You’ll learn that there is NO One Right Way to homeschool because the right way for YOU to homeschool is what works best for you and your family. The post Flourish at Home – Introduction to Homeschooling, Part 1 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

3 Sep 2014

Rank #5

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Flourish at Home – Introduction to Homeschooling, Part 2

Are you committed to homeschooling but finding it hard to get it all done? Join Mary Jo Tate as she shares 6 of her best practical strategies developed over 18 years of homeschooling. The post Flourish at Home – Introduction to Homeschooling, Part 2 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

20mins

17 Sep 2014

Rank #6

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Flourish at Home – Where Did My Time Go?

Have you ever thought, “I could get everything done if I just had more than 24 hours in a day?” I’ve certainly fantasized about having more hours in my day! Time is our most priceless resource because we can’t get any more of it. Each person has exactly 168 hours a week—no more, no less. Think about the most productive people you’ve ever known or heard of—prolific authors, political leaders, military commanders, dedicated missionaries, CEOs, brilliant inventors, tireless volunteers, and so on. Now think of the least productive people you’ve ever known or heard of. They all have exactly the same amount of time each day. And so do you. The difference is that some people use their time much more efficiently and effectively than others. Learning how to protect and prioritize your time will help you be a good steward of the time you’ve been given and use it for what’s most important. In this episode, we’ll look at ways to evaluate how you’re currently using your time and practical strategies to help you value, protect, and use it better. The post Flourish at Home – Where Did My Time Go? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

18mins

6 Aug 2014

Rank #7

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Flourish At Home – Making Memories

Ironically, when your family is together almost all the time, it can be challenging to pull away from the demands of homeschooling to just enjoy being together and have fun as a family. But taking a break is good for parents and children alike. In this episode, I’ll share some of my favorite ways to make special family memories, including building family traditions, spending one-on-one time with each child, exploring the world, and enjoying the journey as well as the destination. I’d love to hear from you. What special family traditions do you enjoy? The post Flourish At Home – Making Memories appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

18mins

22 Oct 2014

Rank #8

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Eliminate – FREEDOM Tools part 3 – FAH episode 16

In the previous two episodes, we’ve been talking about my FREEDOM toolbox–7 tools that help us make the most of our time so we can live peaceful, balanced lives. These are the tools: Focus Reflect Educate Eliminate Discipline Organize Multitask Today we’ll look at the fourth tool: Eliminate. Have you ever struggled with trying to do it all? The truth is NO ONE CAN DO IT ALL. We all have to be selective about how we use our time and energy. If you want to focus on your goals and priorities, you have to eliminate things that don’t support them. This includes counterproductive mindsets, such as the way you think about time; bad attitudes like fear, perfectionism, and negativity; stuff—the physical clutter that slows us down; and activities. In this episode, we’ll focus on eliminating activities. You can eliminate activities by never beginning them in the first place or by stopping them if you’re already involved. How? Just say no! Saying no is HARD, isn’t it? You don’t want to let people down or disappoint them. But not everything that needs to be done is something that YOU need to do. Often you can delegate tasks—such as housework, laundry, or cooking—to your children. Or you can outsource responsibilities by paying other people to take care of them for you. This might include lawn care, housecleaning, piano lessons, math tutoring, errands, and so on. Remember that opportunity does not equal obligation. If you say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, you’ll have to say no to the priorities and goals you have already chosen. If you’re always the person who takes care of everything for every organization you’re part of,  you may find that bowing out allows someone else to step up and use her gifts. This episode of the “Flourish At Home” show includes practical tips and real-life examples of what I’ve learned about the importance of saying no to too many activities. And you’ll find many more strategies in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available at online retailers and through my website at www.FlourishAtHome.com. See you next time on the “Flourish At Home” show! The post Eliminate – FREEDOM Tools part 3 – FAH episode 16 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

12mins

8 Apr 2015

Rank #9

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Organization – FREEDOM Tools part 5 – FAH episode 18

How do you respond to the word organization? Does it make you cringe? Do you feel guilty because you’re hopelessly disorganized and wish you could be more organized? Does it make you smile, with a happy sigh that all’s right with the world? Do you think a certain amount of clutter is a sign of a happy home? Do you resist the whole idea of organization—maybe because it reminds you of a neat-freak friend who labels everything in her household, uses color-coordinated storage containers, and alphabetizes her spices? Whatever your reaction, this episode is for you. Organization is the sixth tool in my FREEDOM toolbox—7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. Here’s a quick review of the tools: Focus Reflect Educate Eliminate Discipline Organize Multitask Organization is essentially self-discipline applied in an orderly way to free you to focus on what’s most important to you. Organizing your time, tasks, thoughts, and things helps you overcome and prevent obstacles to focusing on your priorities. How organized you are has a powerful effect on the atmosphere in your home. Disorganization creates chaos, while organization promotes peace. Which do you prefer? If one aspect of your life is unorganized, it spills over into every other aspect of your life. For example, if you can’t find your car keys, you’ll get flustered and be late for your appointment. If you’re sleep-deprived or running late, you’ll be much likelier to forget things and drop things, which will make you even later. Organization even affects your relationships. If you’re running late and feeling frazzled, you may become irritated and impatient with your family. It’s important to remember that there’s no one right way to organize. What helps you function effectively may be completely different from what helps your best friend or your mother-in-law function effectively. Isn’t that a relief? Ironically, it’s possible to over-organize—to spend so much time on organization that it keeps you from focusing on your priorities instead of facilitating them. Take some time to reflect on your life to identify areas that hinder you, and commit to becoming more organized if it would help your life run more smoothly. If you struggle with managing your time and organizing your life to focus on your priorities, you’ll find many more strategies in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available at online retailers and through my website at www.FlourishAtHome.com. The post Organization – FREEDOM Tools part 5 – FAH episode 18 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

15mins

20 May 2015

Rank #10