What If I Don’t Have Time?

This post is part of my Meal Planning 101 series. To start at the beginning and to find other posts in this series, click here.

Yay! You came back!

I’m assuming you read the first article in this series and are ready to learn more about meal planning; specifically, how in the world you’re going to add one more chore into you’re already too-busy schedule.

I hear ya. For a long time I did my meal planning sort of hit and miss. But what I found out is that when I “missed”, it caused me to miss all week. My days consisted of feeling stressed every time  I wondered “what will I make for dinner?” and my evenings consisted of serving either boring food or going out to eat.

I finally realized that the frustration that comes from not having a plan is far more crippling than the 15 minutes it takes to put together a plan. I know now that it’s not that I don’t have time to plan, it’s that I don’t have time not to plan!

If you’re thinking that you don’t have time to sit down and make a meal plan, here are a few things for you to consider:

  • Meal planning may sound like a chore at first but it’s worth it. You can either spend 15- 30 minutes planning out what you’ll eat this week or you can be stressed out every day at about 4:00 wondering what on earth you’ll put on the table!
  • I invite you to revisit The Many Benefits To Meal Planning, and see if all those benefits outweigh the cost of a few minutes per week.
  • Think over your typical schedule. Is there a time in your week that you could sit down for about 15 minutes and make a meal plan? What about while the family is watching TV or maybe Sunday afternoon?

If you’ve read my time management book, you know I believe in establishing systems that when used, help you get your work done efficiently and effectively. Sometimes a system has a learning curve, or a ramp-up stage. But a good system is always worth the work it takes to get it to the point of habit. Meal planning is no different. In my opinion it’s an essential system for successful homemaking.

I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that I’m going to share with you to help you get this done quickly and effectively. I’ll also be sharing some resources that will help you turn this from the latest self-improvement whim to something you’ll turn into a lifelong habit.

Just like anything else that’s worth it, meal planning will take some work. But I guarentee you’ll love the freedom and peace of mind you experience as a result.