How many times have you thought to yourself, “This week is the week I will meal plan. I will get prepared and I will be successful, dammit!” However, the plan doesn’t materialize. Folding the laundry is more appealing than planning dinners. Netflix is WAY more enticing, hell….even brushing your cat that claws the crap out of your arms is more alluring than thinking about lunches for the week.
But why don’t you feel like it?
It’s a monotonous, thankless job. It is something that is just expected. And maybe…you resent it. It’s using the same recipes and even you are tired of eating them. You know your kids are going to complain about something you make. Thankless.
Alright, so, now that we got that out of the way, how do you fix it? How do you “like” to plan ahead?
Ask each person what they want for dinner, and don’t take “I don’t know” for an answer. Now you got a bit of buy in.
Talk to your spouse. Let them know that you want a “thank you” after dinner every night. It may feel forced at first, but trust me, once you get the gratitude ball rolling, it picks up steam and will make you feel like you hit a home run! Once your spouse looks at you and says, “Thanks for making dinner tonight,” your kids pick up on that.
“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Whoever said this phrase was so bang on it is scary. OK, listen…. sit down with a plan in your head. Pull out your recipe books, some paper and a pen. Think about what you like. Think about what your spouse and kids like. Write it down and map it out each night. Planning on take out? Perfect, write out which night that is happening. Know you are brain dead on Fridays after work? That is the night for take out.
Enlist the troupes for help. Ask your spouse to cook 1 night. They can cook anything they want! Bribery is totally acceptable in this situation-offer to buy the wine/beer if they cook. Offer something a little sassier and see how quickly the apron is tied around their waist!
Reward yourself for getting it done! Buy a book. Buy some Godiva chocolate. Get a manicure. Get a massage. Know that at the end, there is a reward.
Listen, at the end of the day, you need to play games with your brain to get it done. It’s all about your mindset.
Got a trick up your sleeve to get your planning done? I want to know!
Stay sassy friends.