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How to find more time for more stuff? Meal planning for a week.
I was reading this book that had some tips on how to manage your days better and it started by writing down everything you do hour by hour. This helps you to identify how you might currently waste time. Then, write a list of all the things that you WANT to incorporate into your life, and start scheduling your life – hour by hour.
I sort of thought this through and found myself wondering, why would I want to schedule hour by hour. I have a tendency to feel more like a failure when things are actually written down and then I don’t stick to it. Because inevitably, I don’t stick to plans. However, I have easily identified one thing that is a must do for me as a working mom and we have crazy schedules. I need to plan meals for a week and even prepare as much of the meal in advance as I can.
I decided to take our collection of favorites – which is probably 30 some recipes and wrote each name on a piece of paper and threw it in a box like drawing names from a hat. I let the kids each pick 2 or 3 and there was our meal plan for the week. Oddly – this week ended up with almost all chicken every night of the week.
Here’s our week of food. I always wished I knew what other people had for dinner. I shamefully resort to ridiculous CRAP too often like mac n’ cheese, and not the gourmet version from scratch, either.
- Chicken Cordon Bleu with Edamame.
- Thai Chicken Pizza (Jillian Michaels)
- Chicken Tacos
- Lentil Shepherd’s Pie (crock pot!)
- Cobb Salad