Since so many ask me how I get so much done, all through the day I’m trying to think of what I do that’s not normal. Despite trying by best to figure it out, I can’t come up with anything to tell you. I think I do what everyone else does, but I just write about it all. If you write down what you do all day every day, I think you’ll be surprised at how much you accomplish too. I do sleep, but not enough. I’ve always been one who falls asleep the minute my head hits the pillow and don’t wake up once til the alarm goes off, though I often wake up a few minutes before the alarm just because I hate to be awakened from a sound sleep by the alarm.
Because there has to be a plan and I have to know exactly what’s going to happen each day, I have a menu done for each week . . well in advance of that week. Click to make it larger if you want to read it.
I hear from many who cannot plan ahead. If you’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for you . . at least you know what works or doesn’t work for you. If you find you’re spending a lot of time thinking about what you’re fixing for dinner, try making a menu. Find recipes that look like something you and your family will LOVE! I never fix something I don’t LOVE, except spaghetti and meatballs. I hardly eat it at all but Vince and Chad love it and it’s family tradition for Vince for it to be served every Sunday so . . it’s always on my Sunday menu. If I choose something for dinner that is something I can hardly wait to eat, then cooking is fun . . not a chore.
If it’s a dish that requires a recipe, I either print those or bookmark them on the laptop that stays in the kitchen. If they’re printed, then I keep them with the printed menu. At the end of the week, the recipes that we would like to have again, go into a “Future Menu Folder”. Those that were just . . ok . . go in the trash, never to be tried again. I rarely make a recipe exactly as printed. There are always a few tweaks . . something added, more or less of something or even something left off completely.
And, the menu for the next week is done too!
The menus and my grocery list are kept on my iPod Touch so when I go to the grocery store, I have my list with me. This is what works for me . . it may or may not help you.