Simplified Menu Planning: Day 25 – Add Menu Planning to Your Task List

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31 Easy Steps to Real Food Meals Every Day

31 Days to Simplify Your Menu Planning

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.

31 Days to GTD for Homemakers & HomeschoolersFor 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.


Mystie Winckler began menu planning at 11 years old when her mom delegated one dinner a week to her. Marrying at 19, she’s had a lot of practice over the years. But between growing and homeschooling her family, meal planning often requires brain power that just isn’t there any more. Simplified Dinners is her solution to take the effort and thought out of healthy, frugal cooking. And now it is available for you, too! 

Download the free menu plan printable that will help you navigate three meals a day, every week.

2 Responses

  1. Andrea Maddiex
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    I just wanted to stop in and say how much I LOVE this series! It is wonderful. And I love the book so much I have become an affiliate! Thank you for such helpful info. Blessings! :)

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Thank you, Andrea! I’m glad you like the book and it’s been helpful!

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