TAKE TIME TO CREATE A WEEKLY BATTLE PLAN
A Formula To Make Your Week Feel Like A Breeze
If you’re like me, your probably just running from fire to fire during the week. I recently came across a formula that really works for getting rid of the defeatist feelings about healthy cooking for the week and keeping on track. Read on… I’ll unveil what it is.
I once read a really cool quote. It was written rather cleverly… it says:
“PLAN YOUR WORK – WORK YOUR PLAN”
I think that is rather profound! The importance of planning and executing the plan can not be over estimated.
HIGH COMPETITION BROUGHT DOWN TO A PERSONAL LEVEL
I’m also a sucker for watching sports. Football is probably my favorite. I love college football, but wow… it’s serious business these days! Coaches are on the firing line. They have to win or they are out! I’d hate to have a job where if I had a bad day everyone would be on my case and screaming for my head. These guys really have to be on their game. I do not envy them. The reason I bring it up though, is that we can learn a lot from good coaches. They really prepare and take time to get ready for the game. They spend an enormous amount of time prepping for the actual event. Studying film, strategizing and working hard all week just in preparation for game time. I think we can use some of their ideas and put them to work in our own lives. It will help us keep our family life and personal life on track and successful.
HOW I PLAN MY WEEK
Planning is critical. If we don’t plan our healthy meals and our weekly goals – the chances are we’re not going to succeed. Everyone has a different way of planning. For me, I have this kind of funky spiral bound book that has blank pages on it. I’ve tried all sorts of planners, but I keep going back to “old school” ways. I just like to get a big old sheet of paper in my book and create categories and write my goals down. I doodle them down and keep it loose. I have fun with it – this is the brainstorming part. After I brainstorm then transfer the my ideas into a more organized planner or even 3 x 5 cards to carry in my pocket.
HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEKS MENU
For my meals, I like to go to Dancing Carrots (shameless plug but it’s true) and also Pinterest where I pin recipes I want to make. Then I create my list of what I want to cook that week. Then, I create a separate shopping list. I transfer all of these in a more organized fashion to either into my iPhone, or on simple 3×5 cards that I can stick in my pocket and cross off when I’m at the store. Again, it’s old school but I love it.
One amazing friend of mine likes to plan the following weeks meals on say, a Thursday night or so. Then she makes SATURDAY her time to power through and work the plan so she is ready for the week. She shops, cleans her kitchen, chops all the food up, gets all organized on Saturday, then she has Sunday to rest and she is also totally ready for the week on Monday without stressing. Saturday she has lots of time, so she makes that her PREP DAY… to really get ready. I have adopted her strategy. It is remarkable! She is like clockwork. Plan. Shop. Clean. Prepare. Rest. Then the week is a breeze. Here is the formula… laid out for you to see in a list form. It’s almost like military precision but dang, does it make for a less stressful and confusing week!
THURSDAY OR FRIDAY: Plan. Make Your Menu. Create Your To Do Lists.
SATURDAY: Shop. Clean Kitchen. Prepare food for week.
SUNDAY: Rest – we all need a day of rest
MONDAY: WORK THE PLAN!
That is the formula. Try it out! Anything goals worthwhile are obtainable if you get smart about it, plan it, and follow your plan.