I am trying to get better about meal planning. Our grocery bills have been out of control lately. Partly due to my enthusiasm to try new healthy recipes, but also because of food inflation. Has anybody else noticed their grocery bills rising?
I am making a habit to plan our meals a week in advance. Also I am trying to do better at checking the freezer and pantry before planning out meals or going to the store. I need to make sure I use things before they go bad. And I need to “shop” from my own pantry and freezer more to use what I already have on hand.
So I went ahead and planned our meals for this week.
I will say that sometimes plans change. And sometimes the best laid plans go out the window. That’s life. But for the most part if I plan ahead, it makes for much better grocery shopping and less panic at dinner time. And less trips to the store.
I made a New Years resolution to get more organized. So I am taking actionable steps to get there. I cleaned out my closet a couple of weeks ago, which was much-needed. But I got a little sidetracked the next couple of weeks with some sickness and Snowmageddon 2014. Not much accomplished there.
I was getting discouraged because I do not have much time to put into it. Since I did not have big blocks of time to work on organizing, I was not doing much of anything at all.
But I am learning that small, consistent steps are the key to reaching ANY goal. So rather than focus on the time I don’t have, I am focusing on what I can do.
I have set aside 15 minutes a day. I am setting the bar low, people. But it is 15 minutes of dedicated, uninterrupted time. I literally set the timer on my iPhone for 15 minutes. For those minutes I am fully dedicated to working on (not necessarily completing) one of the tasks on my list. No distractions, no sidetracks, no social media. It becomes like a game! How much can I get done in 15 minutes? Let’s see!
- I was able to get my office cleaned up in two 15-minute sessions, including cleaning off my desk, shredding old documents, vacuuming, dusting, etc.
- I was able to get our small freezer cleaned out in one 15-minute session. That included taking out the trash afterwards!
- I cleaned out my purse for one session. I am embarrassed (and baffled) at the amount of junk I accumulated since the last time I cleaned it out.
I am going to make more of an effort to take more before and after photos so that I can share my progress with you all. Just knowing that I will be sharing will help me be more accountable!
So my challenge for you: What big goal have you been putting off that you could devote small, consistent chunks of time to? Let me know in the comments.