Christmas brought a wonderful break to blogs, preparations, work; it was a rejuvenating time for family. I hope you were able to spend that precious time with your loved ones as well.
Speaking of time…
One of the greatest downfalls to people who are trying to prepare themselves and their family is procrastination. The idea that we have more time, or that we can do it later, is really the enemy for becoming prepared.
I once said that I wanted to update my 72-hour kits every April and October. However one year I forgot to do this. Then later, I took my 72-hour kit to Washington D.C. Long story short, I was in a hotel with someone with a high profile and they searched my car. They found shot gun shells and it became a huge predicament.
Anyways, if I would have prepared, I could have thought a head and removed the shot gun shells!
I would love to share some things that I have learned over the years. Hopefully this can help you stay organized about your preparations.
1. Decide what you want to prepare for
Without an end goal, you’ll feel like a chicken with your head cut off. If you have a place to go, you can make some easy pit stops.
I would also like to make a suggestion. Start with a 72- hour kit, move to a 3 – month supply of food, add some water storage, add long term storage, and then start preparing for other scenarios.
Just pick ONE. Don’t try to tackle everything at once.
2. Make a date you want it completed
Creating an end date will help keep you organized. Don’t use the date as a guilt trip or an extra stress. Just use it as your guide as you start planning. If for some reason you need to readjust, go ahead and move it. But try to make it a realistic end time.
3. Break it up into smaller chunks
Find out all the information you can about your preparedness task. How much will it cost, how much money do you have to spend, what materials will need to be gathered, etc. This probably should be done before you set and end date, but most people have a specific time they need to be prepared by.
Make check marks along the way and make sure you are actually meeting those marks.
4. Use a friend for help
When you make a goal with a friend you are way more likely to actually finish it. It keeps you accountable. Also, isn’t just more fun?
Tips for Everyday Self Reliance and Planning
- Write out your typical schedule for the week.
- Each night make a list of things you have to do the next day, and how much each thing will take.
- Then add in additional things you just WANT to do. Check that you have time to complete each item.
- If you don’t finish an item, try to spread out your task on another day. Don’t give up!
Let me know if you have any other great tips to stay on top of your goals!