Ok, so I am not organized at all in any natural way when it comes to time management. I can not put it in a container - so I can not keep it tidy that way.
There are several way awesome computer programs for keeping track of grades and plans. Once again - they are in that Dummies book. If you have trouble finding them - let me know and I can look them up in another source. I do not use the computer programs. I may down the road. I use a cheesy looking teacher's planner book.
Down the left side are the days of the week. Across the top - my subjects/items to assomplish (like the Pledge). I plan out 6 weeks at a time. I regroup on Sunday night for the upcoming week. I planned the whole fall last year - was great for a while - but it was easier to stay on track in 6 week blocks.
We start at the begining of Aug. so we ca take off a lot of time during the year. We are going to Disney for a week in Sept. and the beach for 2 weeks in Oct. (Hubby has business at the beach - so yippee for the kids and me)
Both sets of the kid's grandparents are very happy to travel to see us and us to them. When family visits like that - we do not do school. I think that time with grandparents is so valuable. So - with all those breaks...and 3 weeks off at Christmas:) - it takes us until mid June to get our 180 days accounted for by the State of Ga. 4 hours a day, 180 days.
That is really all Ga requires. I send in attendance reports monthly. I send in a letter of intent to homeschool before Aug. How do you find out about your state - the Dummy book gives ref. web sites. Seriously - get the book.
I write in the planner what I want to do. I highlight what we actually do. I write in pencil because it changes. There are some days where we get a lot done. Some...not so much. I add things on Wed. that we did on Tues that may count in a category from the previous day. I count setting the table or unloading the dishwasher from the night before as home ec skills (life skills) for the kids. Not to mention, sorting and counting skills. I write it all down. Everything I can think of. The categories at the top help me to remember what is important to me to teach the kids. That may sound silly - but I need that.
The kids can also see what is coming up. Alex loves to work ahead in Math. He will do several days worth in one sitting so that he has shorter school at the end of the week. I write in holidays and travel. I write in things I need to do in the house and errands. Appointments.
A glorified day planner. Just don't try to stick it in your purse. It won't fit.