It’s All In The Preparation

Busy woman cooking and talking on the phone

At the last Weight Watchers meeting I attended the leader talked about picking a word that would be your theme for the year. I thought long and hard about this and finally came up with the word preparation. I did a guest blog last month about setting goals and mentioned that goals and plans were great but unless you actually implement them all you have is a wish list. Preparation is the first step in implementing a plan.

I had a talk with one of my co-workers at the day job. She asked me how I managed to get everything done since I work full-time, have a family, a handicapped brother to take care of, a large garden and books to write. The answer is preparation.

I keep lists of what needs to be done for meals and other household chores. I break everything down into smaller tasks and only do so many per day. Meals are planned out for the week and on Saturdays I do as much preparation for each dish as possible. This keeps the cooking time at a minimum during the week.

I’m on a tight writing schedule and have to hit a specific word count each day. I find that it is easier to do if I plan out ahead of time what I will write for the day. This isn’t elaborate, usually a paragraph about the scene. It generally consists of who is in the scene, the setting, what needs to happen and why, and where I want it to end. I also plan all the promotional work that authors need to do and break it into smaller tasks.

I have found that time is the most precious commodity that I have. I must use it wisely or everything falls apart. Thinking ahead and preparation is what keeps the wheels from coming off the wagon.

What do you do to prepare?

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