How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

There’s Never Enough Time

pulled all directions 300x246 Theres Never Enough TimeOne thing I struggle with a fair amount is biting off more than I can possibly chew.

I have a big family, bunch of interests, prepping and keeping up with what’s going on in the world, a fairly demanding day job, a couple of side ventures, and there’s just never enough time in the day.

The thing that drives me the most crazy is the feeling of “not good enough … need more effort” when I inevitably don’t get enough done.  Talk about self-guilt.

When building a resilient lifestyle and a resilient family, one that is prepared for just about anything, you have to make the best use out of your time.  Without the guilt factor.

I’m not going to go into some big time management spiel here or anything.  Just three quick points and a question to you…

Priority

A common misconception about priority is that it’s where you should spend your time.  But that’s not the case.

My wife is my first priority other than taking care of myself.  But if she’s not home, I can’t spend time with her.  Does that make her less of a priority?  Nope.

In fact, the better way to look at priority is that it’s a major factor when you have a conflict in timing.  Not the deciding factor, but a major factor.

All things being equal, spending the available time on the highest priority thing you can work on is a good plan.  But sometimes while task A and B can both be worked on now, you can also work on task A later.  So it might be a good idea to tackle B now and A later so they both get done.

Taking a look at prioritization from a prepping and resilience standpoint, there’s obviously different levels of needs.  Having some food put away is a bigger priority than buying your 385th gun for most folks.  But if you’ve got some food put away, and you’ve got a shotgun in the safe, the decision isn’t quite that clear cut.

That’s where priority comes in.

Chart It Out

One of the biggest tips I have is just to plan out blocks of time.  For example, we garden alot, I officiate in sports, and we’re building a house this year.  All of which have the potential to conflict massively.

But by putting it all on a calendar where we can see what blocks of time ACTUALLY conflict instead of what blocks of time we THINK might conflict, we gain peace of mind and we can relax.

Thus enabling us to start getting stuff done instead of worrying about getting stuff done.

I use google calendar for this since it’s easy to get a calendar for each activity or area I’m worried about and show them all on a single screen.

Perfect Is The Enemy Of Done

This is probably my biggest problem.  I strive for perfection and let it get in the way of actually finishing stuff.  This pops up EVERYWHERE in my life and it’s a constant struggle.

For example, I have at least a dozen books sitting on my computer ready to release.  Except for the whole problem that there’s always nits to pick and I don’t call it “done” so I don’t finish the book process.

Or another example, there’s a certain technology I use in my professional life that I really love.  The problem is that it’s not as widely used in the industry as another competing version.  Since my preferred version doesn’t have as much support, there’s a bunch of stuff I have to do myself from scratch instead of being able to use the massive amounts of free stuff others have done (that only work with the competing version)

It’s better to buy a bunch of generic food and staples and food you actually eat, store it and rotate it, and do it NOW than it is to wait six months until you can afford that Mountain House that you REALLY want.

You get my drift.  The point is that perfect isn’t good.  It’s pretty much unattainable.  And at some point you have to say “good enough” in the interests of gaining time back or getting stuff out the door.

What About You?

Here’s my question to you … Whether in prepping or other areas of your life, how do you deal with the overwhelm?

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2 Responses to There’s Never Enough Time

  1. Melissa says:

    I have since made a list for myself each evening to know where I am going the next morning! It helps me focus when my soon-to-be-3-year-old gets me off track throughout the day! It also helps me see what I have “checked-off” the list so I feel as though I have accomplished something, rather than focusing on what I DIDNT get done!
    Also making sure I keep in mind that there will always be more laundry to wash, dishes to clean and work to be done! It is the life that happens in between that I want to make sure I don’t miss, so taking a breath and re-focusing on what is TRULY important helps!
    Great post BTW!

  2. Becky says:

    The idea of a calendar for the projects that need to be accomplished is wonderful. I must learn not to over crowd my schedule with what I consider priorities. Balancing what has to be done, with what I want done is not one of my better qualities. Thank you for the tip.