Tick Tock, Tick Tock; the clock on your wall, desk, or noise in your head as the hours eat away the minutes, and the minutes devour the seconds. The day started so well, but how did it become five o’clock, with no dinner, work barely done, and a muttered one too many times to yourself. As we get older time seems to have a puzzling way of fast forwarding itself, feeling like our day is always at 3x the speed that it should be.
Now, as an adult, there is a list of things to get done, and literally not enough hours in a day to accomplish them. Time management, is a concept most people skip over, because they just don’t have the time to plan their week. Sundays, are usually the best days to get your act together, whether it’s meal prep, coordinating schedules, arranging playdates, or cleaning. Trying to not get this all lost in the shuffle, you will need one day, and I mean the entire day to plan out your week. Taking advantage of this day leads to less stress, and hopefully no panic attacks.
You will need a planner, calendar, and something to write, or type on. In week one we are going to start with the absolute basic, which is, food. You need food to survive, so understanding what is a priority is very important. Eventually, this will all become routine, and it won’t even phase you.
First on your list is to use all the leftovers, or food you have, and make recipes. You want to start next week fresh, by picking out recipes that you can make all in one day, and freeze. If you don’t have a lot of food leftover, then you can begin going through what you do have, and finding recipes with those ingredients. The best way to do this is through Supercook, an online website, that gives you a recipe based off of what ingredients you have in your refrigerator, and pantry.
If you are starting fresh, and need to go to the store for the week, try bigoven. Big oven is kind of genius, and will keep yours, and/or your family very happy by switching up recipes every week! That’s right, no more repeats, which I’m sure even you will be grateful about. There are over 350,000 recipes to chose from! You can plan your meals weeks, or months in advance with the meal planner. To make your grocery list, you search for the recipes you’d like save them, and click the add to grocery list, and it puts all the ingredients on your grocery list! This app is awesome, I know. If you want to upgrade to the pro version, it’s $24.99 a year, and you can use the planner section. The great thing about the planner, is that you just click add to planner button, and you choose exactly which day you want to serve this recipe. This can become extremely helpful with a busy schedule, or if your having relatives over.
Once, you have created your shopping list, it is time to buy the ingredients. A savvy shopper never goes without their coupons, but lucky for you, we are in the age of technology. No more cutting coupons, just simply go to the app store, and download the Krazy Coupon Lady app. You can also, get the coupons.com app as well.
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Make all the food that can be frozen on your Sunday, or whatever day you have dedicated to planning. Write in your planner, as well as, your calendar the meals you will be making. In you planner allot yourself the proper time to be able to make these dishes each day. Remember you are making the bulk amount on your planning day, but you will need time to make side dishes.
I hope you enjoyed week one, and that your planning has become a lot easier when it comes to meal times. It is so important not to neglect your nutrition which is why, week 2 is all about how to fit in your workouts, and get yourself a scheduled weekly workout routine.
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,