My New Years Resolution, in case you're new around here was:
Stay On Top of Things
In January, I managed to stay on top of things by:
- Ensuring everything in the house was cleaned to "good enough" standards, so when cleaning time rolled around on Saturday, I could tackle vacuuming, dusting, and (gasp!) those organizational projects that seem so daunting when there is a mess to contend with.
- Chopping vegetables the minute I get home from grocery shopping, so I can grab a handful for lunches or snacks or even to spruce up salads.
- Doing more than just planning meals, but planning how meals work together. If you're making shepherd's pie, why not make enough mashed potatoes to have with your chicken fingers the next night? And if you bake up an entire package of bacon (yes, I said bake) when you have breakfast for supper on Friday, you have lots of bacon bits to add to Caesar Salads for lunch, or even pizza for supper on Saturday.
- Being a grown up, and finally getting listed under a doctor's practice. She said I was her favourite kind of patient -- the one that thought about health BEFORE it failed.
- Setting a budget that encompasses the next 5 years, even dealing with a number of variables (houses, kids, RRSPs, monthly trips to La Grotta to buy Parmesan cheese).
I don't want to set myself up for failure by expecting to develop 5 new ways to "stop on top" every month, along with maintaining 5 from the previous month and the previous month and the previous month. Instead, my hope for February, is to take each of these a little bit further.
- Increasing my standard of "Good enough"
- Making salad ahead of time
- Pre-cooking some meat for those "running late" days
- Subjecting myself to that blood test I've been putting off for years
- Use a budgeting app that works on my Mac, my iPhone and Scott's Android. And buy more Regianno