Maximize Your Time: Meal Planning

Meal Planning

Everyone is busy. It doesn’t matter if you have a full-time job, a part-time job, are a stay-at-home mom or are just between jobs. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done that you would like to.

To add to all of your regular duties and To Do list, you have to eat. Everyone knows that homemade is best, but it can be hard to find time to cook. And coming up with meal ideas can be even more difficult.

I have a running list of meal ideas, and I like to plan out what I am going to make each day. Of course, things come up and change the plan all of the time. This can throw my whole meal plan off.

I recently saw a journal layout from a Facebook group I am on and modified it to suit my needs. I used small post-it notes to plan out the meals that I either had shopped specifically for or knew that I already had items on hand to make. I still plan out what I am making each day, but now I can easily rearrange or substitute when necessary. I also keep all of the previously used meal stickers in a list so I can easily glance through them when I need some ideas.

The key to making the most of your time is to find the method of planning that works best for you. Borrow a method from someone else until you find your own groove.

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