This is me. 6:30am Saturday morning. I love writing. That’s why I’m awake.
My Writer Stats:
Wakeup time: 6:30am
Word count: 3,487
Avicii, Wake Me Up
Joshua Bell, Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7
I’m a self-titled Day to Day Prepper. So, what on earth do I mean? What is a Day to Day Prepper?
A “prepper” to me would be people who are preparing for something. A hurricane, a power outage, the zombie apocalypse….
See people who are prepping for when SHTF with crazy guns, hunting and stockpiling…Be assured, this is NOT what I’m talking about. lol
I’m a prepper in as much as I try to prepare for the inevitable: being BUSY. My goal each day is to get at least a little writing done. This is what I do to make that happen…most days.
“Busy” is the death knell for writers because we can always tell ourselves, “I’m just too busy to write.” And really, that can go for anything in life you want to do. You’re just way too busy. So, to combat that, I am a Day to Day Prepper. Makes sense, right? #lifehacks #writerslife
DAY TO DAY PREPPER IN 5 EASY STEPS:
1. MENU PLAN
This doesn’t need to be and really shouldn’t be complicated. I do a loose menu plan based on what’s on sale, in my freezer and pantry. I just have a general idea of meals that we will have for the coming week. I am by no means an expert in meal planning. I just use it as a means to my goal: get more writing done. Some great resources for meal planning are at www.moneysavingmom.com. HERE
2. FREEZER AND BATCH COOKING
Again…don’t get this complicated. I do one freezer meal prep per weekend and make about 3 of the same one. Maybe with a bit of variation. We stick to easy-to-make simple meals around here. Cheaper and easier. For example, when I buy chicken breasts I buy them in bulk and on sale. I dump serving sizes into freezer bags with different marinades. I label them with cooking instructions and freeze. Easy peasy. Find MORE freezer meals at www.moneysavingmom.com and New Leaf Wellness. These are my go-to sites. Oh, and The Virtuous Wife has amazing freezer recipes. Can’t really go wrong here.
3. EVENING ROUTINE
My goal for my evenings is to go to bed early! I need to get 7-8 hours of sleep. That’s me. And it does NOT always happen. Not consistent. EVER. Why, you may be asking. I have a two year old.
But, I still want to remain as sane as possible. Sometimes this means I can clean my kitchen before I go to be, sometimes it doesn’t. I just try to get enough prep done for the next day. I don’t want to scramble in the morning because I have no clean socks and no apple juice for my kid’s sippy cup. But…I still want to get to bed before 3 am. Technically, you could go hard core prepper and lay out every article of clothing, have your kid’s breakfast dishes laid out in a perfectly clean kitchen and make sure you mop the floor before bed, but seriously, WHY? Why would you do that to yourself? Maybe you will have the perfect day and this will happen AND you will get to bed. You are a magician and I applaud you. Please pretty please comment with your secrets!
But for me…If I try to do everything the night before when I’m dragging after being up half the night before with a sick child, that’s just not doable. I get enough done that I can find stuff and get dressed and get out the door without wanting to scream in frustration. Sure, my kitchen isn’t clean. Whatever. Because, for me, I can be perfectly prepared for the next day, go to bed at 3 am and STILL feel way behind when I wake up. Because I’m exhausted.
I’m just saying, a little goes a very long way when it comes to prepping for the next day and an evening routine.
4. MORNING ROUTINE
Still working on this one. But, coming along nicely. www.moneysavingmom.com and Michael Hyatt are great resources and these guys know their stuff!
I’m still mostly at phase one. GET OUT OF BED. lol
It took me two months to get two where I’m mostly regular in getting up before 6am. I get some writing before my two year old is up and ready for the world, happy squeaking with diaper sagging and pacifier plugged firmly in the mouth. He’s a cutie, but I’m biased.
5. MAKE A LIST
Make a list. Or several different lists. On your phone, on a piece of paper….of stuff you need to get done. Grocery list, list of characters for your romance, list of freezer meals in your freezer…When you have a list and you get interrupted…(gosh, when does that ever happen) you can be reminded of what you were doing and where you left off. Keep it simple and short though. Again, www.moneysavingmom.com @CrystalPaine. She rocks.
MY CURRENT FREEZER MEALS:
Here’s an idea of what I’m talking about when it comes to prepping meals. These are an example of what’s in my freezer. Yes. We eat a lot of chicken.
I just used chicken, corn tortillas, cheese and canned enchilada sauce. Boom! Fancy recipe here: http://www.amandathevirtuouswife.com/2011/05/beef-enchilada-tutorial.html#.VXGVZ89VhBc
This is exactly what it looks like. I baked chicken which I previously marinaded in Italian dressing. Then I cut up the cooked chicken. I froze the cooked chicken. BOOM! Dinner anyone?
Please comment and share your prepping or lack thereof…we hear ya.