Do you ever feel like that? Like your head is spinning with so much information that you have a hard time slowing down your thoughts long enough to make sense of it?
That’s where I’m at this week. My head has been literally spinning. It’s all good stuff, and I can’t wait for it all to settle down in my brain, but right now it all feels a bit mushy.
I have been doing a lot of research lately on educational philosophies. (I will get back to writing more of those. Someday soon.) We have decided to homeschool Stefan, and I am deep in research about what I want it to look like in our home.
I don’t think I have to have it all figured out before we even start. I know that in many ways our philosophy will evolve as I get a better grasp for what works for our family. But I want to be prepared. And even what curriculum I pick has to be carefully selected. Does it match our philosophy, values, how I believe children learn best, and our overarching goals? Those are all questions I am asking right now.
I have spent hours and hours researching this in the last month. Of course, I have researched in the past because I love the subject of how children learn, but lately it has been with more intensity. More focus and vision. And I’m tired.
I think our brains often go through cycles. For a time we are taking in information. I know when I was beginning to simplify I read everything I could on the subject. I tried every idea I came across until I found a comfortable place that worked well for our family. Then there comes a time when we need to let the information settle and actually do something with it. I need to let the dust settle again with this topic.
It’s time to step away.
Brian told me the other day that I needed to stop researching the topic of education for a couple of weeks. I needed to let the information settle in my brain, so to speak, and then come back to it when I have more mental energy to devote to it.
He’s right. Whatever it is that we are learning about, researching, or trying to change in our lives there are times when we need to step away and get the big picture again.
I have information stored away in my brain. I have read and taken lots of notes. From books to articles to people’s personal experiences I have read about more possible ways of educating our children at home than you can imagine. Now its time to let it all settle. (I know I’ll be back at researching in a few weeks, though!)
Whatever is on our learning curve at the moment is when we can be in danger of information overload. You may be researching information about a potential move, or a new topic of interest, or even decorating ideas for your home. Eventually, there comes a point where all that information needs time to settle.
I have to step back now so that I can make sense of everything I have learned. And I’m excited because for the next few weeks instead of continually learning new information, I am going to be mulling over what I already know. And hopefully that will allow me to make some more concrete decisions and plans.
Do you ever get to a point where you are in information overload and need to step back? What do you do to see the big picture again?