Planning ahead is one of the best ways to save time and stay organized. When you plan out what needs to be done in advance you know exactly what needs to be done when. This allows you to prioritize your days with ease. In this post, I’m going to go over 5 simple things you can plan ahead for. These 5 planning ahead tips will help you stay organized and save you time.
I really think planning ahead is important for all aspects of your life. Planning ahead comes into play when you have people over, go to the grocery store, start a garden, or even clean the house. It allows you to really attack the task head on. Now I’m not saying you need to spend an afternoon planning every mundane task you need to complete. It can be just a simple to do list to make the task just a little easier. Learn how to plan ahead of time to set yourself up for success.
Here are my 5 reasons why you should be planning ahead.
Plan ahead your Grocery Shopping & Meal Plan
Meal planning will help keep you on a budget. If you are wanting to eat healthier then you’ll definitely want to start doing this. This doesn’t have to be extravagant either a simple piece of paper on the fridge with your weekly menu and another simple piece of paper of your grocery list is all you need.
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For me, I have a white board on the fridge with the week and I fill it out the day before I go to the grocery store. I also have another whiteboard where the family can write down what they want from the store or if they’ve used the last of something they write it down for replacement.
Plan ahead your cleaning schedule
For me, planning ahead my cleaning schedule is a must these schedules keep me on track. If I don’t have a checklist, I feel lost. Have you ever found yourself checking the laundry and then for some reason you end up reorganizing the garage? Yep, that’s me and that’s why I have a list.
For the most part, my home stays clean. I do like to do a nice clean each day so my weekly deep cleaning doesn’t overwhelm me. I have a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly cleaning checklist.
There are some things that don’t need to be done each week like cleaning under the fridge. Also, there are things that need to only be done quarterly like replacing the filter in the furnace. This keeps me from forgetting things that need to be done.
Plan ahead your daily to-do list
I like to plan out my day the day before. I can reflect on what I got done and then what needs to be done. This allows me to wake refreshed and ready to tackle the day. If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook I post me to do list each evening before I unplug for the day.
Since to do lists are so important I created to different posts about them!
Planning ahead parties
It doesn’t matter what type of party or gathering you’re planning, you need to plan for it. You need to have your invite list, theme, food, budget, and so much more. Having people over can really overwhelm some people so have a plan of attack can really go a long way for a successful party or gathering.
I have party planners put together for different types of parties I throw. There are holiday parties, birthday parties, old-fashioned BBQ’s, and that fun just to have a party, party. The planners aren’t extravagant just something to keep me centered and focused.
Plan out your vacations
I’ve never gone on a vacation without a plan. There is so much to do for planning a vacation. Where are you going? What do you want to do? How much can you spend? There is so much to plan to make a vacation come together. There can be so much planning and stress beforehand. That’s why I like to have a plan in place.
What are some things that you have to plan ahead? I would love to hear all about it in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by!