Sooo, the month is coming to an end and you haven’t started making any plans yet.
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Remember the line ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’? Yap, it still rings true.
One of the biggest causes of failure is lack of planning. Whether you’re running a home or a business, lacking a plan can drive you to the edge of overwhelm. Last minute decisions tend to leave you with sub-standard results in your job, or business, and as a parent you’ll have a bundle of inconsolable offspring on your hands. Did I mention the complete waste of a bucket load of money?
There’s beauty in the madness of becoming a parent.
Those little tots will always be looking up to you for direction. Setting intentions and having targets for yourself first will make it much easier to pass on to them.
Have you ever felt like you’re drowning at any given time of the day? It’s probably because there’s too much happening that you hadn’t predicted, or… planned for. Minor details could be robbing you of much-needed thinking power and peace of mind.
There are 5 things we stress over that can be handled in a much healthier, and effective way.
- Allocate Your Funds appropriately
I absolutely loathe the word budget. It brings penny-pincher to mind when you hear it, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be that way. Changing your perspective on this exercise could make it lots of fun. Get all the important things like rent, food, clothing out of the way, then you can get into the fun part;
Spending without worry, hesitation, and lack of confidence every time you want to get something.
Plan for unexpected things too. An ‘emergency fund’ we’ve all heard of, but a ‘pick me up fund’ for those unforgiving days—ooh it could go a long way. Chocolate anyone?
- Create a Weekly or Monthly Meal Plan
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Food, glorious food! Man lives to eat…but if you’re not smart about this practice you will eat up all your money— well most of it. All is still very, very possible.
Imagine being out and about, going about your biz then realizing how late it had gotten. More often than not you’ll eat out, or order in a meal. Imagine doing this 4/7 days a week. You’ll burn through a whole month’s food money allocation in a week or two. You’ll be stuck eating the same bland foods at home as you fantasize and beat yourself up for the next two.
Draw up a menu, prepare a few meals in advance, give yourself all the advantages of a home cooked meal regularly. You don’t have to stick to a rigid menu, that’s why there’s fridges. Switch it up once in a while. Your meals away from home will turn into a ravishing experience.
- Organize Your Closet
If you’re a stay at home mom you probably don’t have to sweat yourself too much over this. When there are events, or special occasions coming up though, be sure you’ve planned for what you’ll wear a couple of days in advance. You don’t want to be looking for those pair of boots all over the house only to find them muddy, smelly, or—oh my days—torn!
If you’re an office, or out of the house kinda mommy, take some time ahead of the week. If that’s too much to do all at once, just pick out an outfit for the next day. You’ll go to bed fantasizing about how amaze balls you’re going to look, and all the fantabulous things you’ll be doing in those heels, or flats😊
Don’t let this be you. Spread things out and be more fulfilled.
- Keep in Mind Mid-term and Long-term Goals
Plan far enough that it excites you to achieve them, but not so far that you lose sight, or necessary motivation. Yeah, that happens. You’ll “Plan” to have your own house in the next 5 years, but little things will keep popping up. Those 5 years will turn to 10, and those 10 to…who knows when.
If you have a 5 year goal ask yourself what you can do this year that will move you closer to it. Then what you can do every month, every week, every day even. A simple thanksgiving for it in advance could be an “action” of the day. This will keep you on your toes and excited about getting there.
- Most importantly…JOT IT DOWN
Sometimes, even planning to plan on something on a later date will help you get the most of right now. The present is a gift, use all the tools at your disposal to enjoy it until it’s bursting at the seams. You don’t need a fancy-shcmancy diary to keep things in order. A functional notebook and a LOUD alarm as a reminder could be all you need to hit your targets.
“When will I get the time to do all this?”
It only takes one Netflix and chill night to plan for a whole quarter year. Get rid of the kids, sit with your spouse if you have one, and draw out a map for yourselves. Get comfy if you’re single and light some scented candles.
- Do your financial allocations and plan the steps you’re going to take together, then dream together. Or vice-versa.
- Draw up a meal plan in an hour or less.
- Spend one Sunday afternoon pre-cooking and chopping things up.
- Organize your wardrobe on a Saturday or Sunday morning where you can pick the outfits out leisurely.
What other things do you do in advance to make your life flow a little smoother? What else would you like us to talk about? Let’s have a mummy to mummy conversation. We love hearing from you.
As always, stay popping cause you are enough…
By Devota W. Mkanjala.