I need you to do something for me. Well, not really for me. It’s really for you.
I need you to add something to your morning routine. And ultimately make this a daily habit.
It has to do with meal planning. And eliminating that nagging “what’s for dinner?” question that lingers in and out of your subconscious all day long. It gets louder and louder as 5 pm approaches.
But I have a ridiculously simple way for you to squash that nagging thought each day. It’s really simple. But making it a part of your morning routine is not quite as simple.
Life is chaotic. Getting dinner made and onto the table can be a crisis some afternoons. Full blown crisis. It happens. But even in the chaos and the crisis, there’s a simple way to put your mind at ease.
Here it is.
Ready for it?
Tell yourself what you are having for dinner that night before you leave the kitchen in the morning.
Just tell yourself.
Some mornings you’ll start the slow cooker, and then you really don’t have to worry about it. But on the mornings you don’t start a meal in the slow cooker, you have got.got.got.got. to tell yourself what’s for dinner that night.
Just telling yourself, “It’s Tacos Tonight,” can be a huge sanity saver. Or “okay, we’ll have steamed broccoli to use up the broccoli, along with some garlic bread and baked chicken.” Or “it’s leftovers night.” Or “tonight we have soccer, so it will have to be quick sandwiches, chips and fruit.” (And if you need to pull meat or pre-made taco meat out of the freezer, do that first thing in the morning too!)
Whatever it is, just tell yourself. Because you can go about your day without worrying what you will have, or if you didn’t pull something out of the freezer. Or if you’re missing an ingredient.
It’s so simple I know. But it will have a more powerful effect than you realize.
Try it this week and let me know how it goes. I can’t wait to hear what kind of effect that has on your mentality towards making and getting dinner on the table!
(This relieves more subconscious angst than I realize. And I know it will for you too!)
This past weekend I was in New York City to share budget friendly school lunch ideas on Fox & Friends. After the show, I wandered into one of the most chaotic areas in the country, Times Square. I shot a live Periscope video there, talking about the importance of having a meal plan despite the chaos and insanity that our daily lives bring. Times Square is chaotic and busy and loud. Just like life. So I thought it fitting to share inspiration and encouragement that will help you eliminate a little of the mental chaos and clutter that occurs in our minds every day!
Grocery Budget Makeover will be open for registration beginning on Tuesday, September 8th! If you’re interested in learning more about it, drop your email below. I’ll send you more deets, and when it’s open for registration!