31 Easy Steps to Real Food Meals Every Day
Welcome to a month of practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and simplification posts! I’m joining up with The Nester’s “31 Days” meme with “31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning.” This series will outline the process I went through to cut back, simplify, and de-stress the meal preparation process, from pantry to grocery store to dinner-on-the-table, and everything in between. Of course, it took me 3 years, not 31 days, and I wasn’t nearly so methodical in figuring it out as this series will be. But it is oh so worth it!
So join me for the month of October as I explore how we can streamline our processes, declutter our food, and alleviate stress.
Set Menu Planning as a Recurring Task
Menu planning is one of those tasks, like all cooking tasks, that is never accomplished once and for all. So, after deciding on the frequency of menu planning that works best for you, you should add the task to your daily, weekly, or monthly task list.
What? You don’t have a task list? Then you should also be following my series at Simply Convivial: 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers.
Keeping a list with recurring tasks like menu planning helps remove the job from the nagging, pestering, back-of-the-mind category and makes it happen with regularity without you having to spend the mental effort to remember or make it routine. If working from your list is routine, then you don’t have to let each little task bounce around inside your mind, coming to remembrance
only at inconvenient times.
For more information on running your home smoothly with lists and task management, check out my other series 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers. If you have, or once you have, effective lists and management processes in place, make sure menu planning is on the list. Everything, even menu planning, becomes easier with practice and repetition.