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I am weird.
In the way, that I am not a procrastinator.
In fact, I may be the opposite.
I might overplan, overthink, and over-list…
So I am here to help you find the balance between the two.
4 Steps to Stop Procrastinating!
The 5 Steps I want to address:
- Use a Planner
- Listen to Pep Talks/Podcasts
- Have a Plan
- Create a Meal Plan
Now the order in which you do these things is totally up to you. But I find it helpful to look through all of them, ,pick which ones you can realistically do, and then start on it. Do it right away. Don’t let it “get cold feet.”
Step 1: Use a Planner
This step will be different for everyone. Some people want to go into a store, and buy a planner. Some people want to download one, to print over and over! Some want to buy online, and get it over with. Some just want some good quality paper and a folder, to be able to write things down and carry them around with you.
Whatever kind of person you are- I have a solution for you!!
Go into a Store And Buy a Planner: I recommend either Walmart, or Barnes and Noble.
Download one to print over and over!!: I have a Priority Planner just for you!! It does require you to subscribe to download, but then you will automatically receive freebies in your inbox. And don’t worry- if you have already subscribed it won’t add your email twice. (this is where I would insert the link for the freebie attached in the email)
Order online!: If I didn’t download one, I would just buy online!! I choose Amazon for my online purchases.
Just Buy some Good Paper, and a Folder/Binder: Perfect. Go to Walmart, or buy online!! (You can even order them through Walmart Grocery Pickup buy using this link!!http://r.wmt.co/kUvT6) Or you could buy those through Amazon too!!! (Sign up for Prime and get free Shipping!!!)
Step 2: Listen to Pep Talks, and Podcasts.
5 Things to Tell Yourself Each Day.
- I Can Do Hard Things.
- I am Important.
- I Can Do Anything Through God.
- I am a Better Me than I was Yesterday.
- I Have Unlimited Potential.
Go through Audible on Amazon, or YouTube, or read books instead. Whatever gets you pumped!!
I would tell yourself these 5 things every day, looking in the mirror.
Join 30 Day Challenges!!
And here is a 30 Day Fitness Challenge.
“Real optimism is not the pep talk you give yourself. It is earned through the labor involved in emotional housekeeping.”
― Augusten Burroughs
Step 3: Have a Plan!
Something I encourage heavily is to HAVE A PLAN. My husband and kids can tell you, at least once I day I say “What’s your plan?” I think in plans. I schedule and write lists. Like I mentioned above- maybe I overplan… but you don’t have to!!
10 Steps to a Great Plan (source: wikihow.com)
- Know What You Want to Do
- List Everything You Need to Accomplish It
- Divide Your List into Sections, with Goal headings.
- Set Measurable Milestones.
- Break Tasks into Manageable Chunks.
- Make Scheduled Lists. (Something you can do with my Priority Planner mentioned above)
- Use Timelines for Everything.
- Some Create a Visual Representation. I.e. Chart, Spreadsheet, Poster.
- Check Things off As You Go!! I love to check things off!!!
- Keep Records of Everything.
- BONUS: Create or Participate in a Challenge, or Have Someone to Be Accountable To.
Step 4: Create or Use a Meal Plan
Dinners seem to be the biggest struggle for sooo many families.
Dinner takes up time.
We all want to be healthy.
But we forget, and then Oh great. What to do for dinner?
Mac n Cheese, or Pizza again.
Does this sound familiar to you?
I have found several resources to help with meal planning.
1st one– Heather Bowen at Lifeofahomeschoolmom- Makes Weekly Meal Plans!! Sign up for her emails, and you will get them in your inbox.
Or here are some links to her meal plans!
2nd one– Get Personalized Meal Plans for $5 a Month!! Bonus about this program is that you can create and save your own meal plans using their database.
Sign up here: (2 week free trial!!!) 5 Dollar Meal Plan Sign Up
They also have options for, 30 Minute Meals, Slow Cooker Meals, Paleo Meals, and Vegetarian Meals.
3rd one– Mine!!
Starting just a few months ago, I decided I should be putting my meal plans up!! I always have them. Check here for my meal plans 🙂
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So, tell me.
What is the hardest part of scheduling for you?
Are you a procrastinator?
Did this help?
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