Goals and plans

Published by Lori Pickert on January 7, 2010 at 10:01 PM

From our values we devise our priorities and goals, and to make those priorities and goals a reality, we invent and implement our best plans.

Rather than specific plans for immediate goals, try to think about general plans that will stand you in good stead for the entire year — plans that will get you from here to a place months from now where you can feel good about what you did on a weekly basis to live your values.

When you stand over your child and micromanage, trying to push through a short-term agenda, you are getting in the way of him doing his work.

Think, instead, about how you can lay in plans for weekly behaviors and attitudes that will support your larger goals all year long.

Plan to observe and document.

Plan to use your journal as an important tool for documenting and reflecting.

Plan to listen more.

Plan to hang back and let your child take the lead more.

Plan to be more patient, not just with your child today but also with the pace of the overall project.

Plan to set examples of good thinking and coping habits.

Plan time to reflect, so you aren’t always plunging mindlessly forward. Reflecting means connecting — connecting yesterday, last week, last month with the work you are doing today and the work that will happen tomorrow, next week, next month. Reflecting and connecting is what creates a meaningful whole.

Rather than becoming overwhelmed by all the changes you might like to make, choose one to focus on today or this week and write it in your journal, underline it, and reference it daily. Try to change just one thing. A little change can be a powerful thing.


Comment by Jessica on January 8, 2010 at 02:32 AM

This post is inspiring. But, you probably already knew that, right? :)

I tend to feel like I have to have a huge year-long plan and then, a few months into that plan I realize we're a.) not following the plan b.) both colossally unhappy or c.) bored.

It is such a simple concept. Make a plan--reflect on what's happening and re-examine the plan--go forward accordingly. It's all in an attempt to meet a larger goal. And there is no hurry, right?

Easy peasy. :)

Comment by Karen on January 8, 2010 at 05:43 AM

Thanks for this! It is good to be reminded to step back, listen more, and let the kids take the lead.
I find that, if I think of myself as a facilitator rather than a teacher, this one simple wording change makes a BIG difference in how I approach homeschooling.

Comment by estea on January 8, 2010 at 09:57 PM

thanks for these reminders ~ and have we mentioned how GLAD we are to have you BACK?


Comment by Kelly on January 9, 2010 at 02:27 AM

It is so good to hear from you, Lori. I'm still chewing on your last post and now I get some more. It's like finding one more hershey kiss in the bottom of what you thought was an empty bag (can't tell that I've been watching my sugar intake, can you?:)
You hit the nail on the head for me when you said that mindlessly plunging forward comes from too little reflection and connection. That's going to be where I make some changes.

Comment by Lori Pickert on January 9, 2010 at 08:52 PM

aw, thank you, jessica! i try! ;^)

you are exactly right — the key is not to just quit because it didn't go perfectly but to *plan* to reflect along the way and make adjustments when necessary. if we start out knowing this is going to happen, hopefully it will make it easier to stay the course!

karen, absolutely. you can’t do this kind of work with children without acting as a co-learner and a facilitator — otherwise, you are smack dab in their way, preventing them from learning how to manage their own learning. :^) language can be powerful!

estea, you are *too* kind. thank *you*. :^)

kelly, thank you so much — being compared to a bonus hershey kiss makes my day! :^D

Comment by Karin on January 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

JUST what I needed to read today. Thank you!

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