I keep thinking that life is going to calm down and I’ll be able to coast for a while, but you know, it just never seems to happen. As soon as one project is completed, there is another one right on its heels. As soon as one race is done, I register for another one so that I keep a goal out in front of me, and so on. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I truly function 100% better in life when I am busy and when I have big, scary goals out in front of me that keep me moving forward when I’d rather stay in bed with the covers pulled up over my head!
2015 has been no exception. Triathlon-wise, this has been the year of the 70.3. I completed two half-iron distance races, as well as 6 running races, and a sprint distance triathlon. It was a fun year. Work-wise, it’s been the year of the big events! We hosted a 4 day retreat here in Florida in June, and we’re getting ready to take our show on the road for a weekend event up in Albany, NY next month. Our non-profit company, Building Remarkable Communities, organized and hosted a 3-race running series – The Remarkable River Racing Series. Meanwhile, we’re putting the final touches on a new business development program that has been more rigorous than any book we’ve written.
To say that spare time is at a premium is an understatement and the ONLY way I can get everything that needs doing in a day done is to be super organized. And let’s just say that organization is NOT my strong suit.
So, I looked to successful people who are just as busy as I am to see what they do… Success Leaves Clues, you know. One of the things that I am responsible for is preparing meals. I love to cook, so it is no hardship, but I was finding it increasingly difficult to get a home-cooked meal on the table for dinner each night without cutting my workday short – this got even harder when Josh started swimming on a team that practices after school 5 days per week until 5:45pm.
I discovered that many people prep their meals in advance and then either assemble them each night or just reheat.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 3-4 months and I’m pleased to report that it’s working great. I get up early on Sunday morning (my rest day from working out) and prepare 3 lunches and 3 dinners before anyone in the house even wakes up. Then, during the week, all I have to do is reheat one of the meals I’ve prepped and – voila – (nearly) instant food!!
It has saved me SO much time and taken a whole lot of stress off my shoulders when the inevitable “What’s for dinner?” question comes.
Other super timesavers: grocery shopping only once per week (I used to pop into the food store at least 3 times per week), shopping with a list (if I don’t have a list, I don’t go to the store), shopping alone (shopping with kids or a partner inevitably leads to “squirreling” and to things going in the cart that don’t need to be there), and shopping at the same store each week (I know the layout of my beachside Publix, I know what they have there and what they don’t), online shopping (eating a whole foods, plant-based diet, there are a lot of things that I might need to detour to a health food market in order to find. I place a monthly order with ThriveMarket.com to get these special items and to stock up on things that they sell much cheaper – check them out!).
Anyhow, these are some things that have worked for me. I hope they help you too!