I’m writing this blog on the 15th of May.
I’m away on annual leave with the family the week this is due out.
And the week before, I have my two older sons on the days I wouldn’t normally (as well as the other two) so I am somewhat time poor.
So I’m trying to get ahead whilst I have the time.
These blogs, of course, come out every week day at 11am.
But it’s very, very rare they are written that morning.
They are written days to weeks, or even months in advance.
They all start as an idea entered on the notes app on my phone.
Which synchronises with the same app on my laptop.
Then written at various points when it’s a good use of time.
Then seven at a go are finished off before the start of each week then formatted, sent to my scheduling system, etc.
Some written that day.
Some have been ready to go for months, but haven’t been needed.
If I had to sit down every morning and write that day’s blog, I can guarantee I wouldn’t be about to hit 3,000 in a row.
It would quickly have become a pain – having to decide what’s to write, get the computer out, load up all the programmes needed and so on.
A missed blog or two would’ve quickly become weeks and months, I’m sure.
Writing these blogs ahead of time actually makes it less effort overall and means it actually gets done.
And it’s the same with our healthy eating.
Leave our food choices till Hungry O Clock and they probably won’t be great.
The easiest and quickest option will be the staff canteen, the corner shop, the garage, the sandwich or coffee shop, etc.
‘Eating better’ soon becomes a bit of a pain.
And a ‘less good’ meal choice quickly becomes weeks or months.
If we plan ahead a little though?
Prep a few more meals while we’re already in the kitchen?
Maybe freeze some for when they’re needed – maybe months later.
Have a little think about the week ahead at a convenient time and put a few things in place?
An online click and collect order maybe?
Or popping to the shops when you have a bit of time and aren’t hungry.
Can easily be less effort than several lots of ten minutes on lunch breaks or swinging by the take out on the way home.
Don’t set yourself up for it to be any harder than it has to be.
Jon ‘tar fasciitis’ Hall
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