I love being organized. It is one of my passions. It frees my mind to focus on other things. But, organization does not come easily for me. I have a scattered mind, thinking about many things at once. Can you relate?
One thing I have done in the past that has been extremely helpful was meal planning. Meal planning allows me to focus on more "fun" stuff, and not break out into a cold sweat at around one in the afternoon wondering what I'm going to serve for dinner. I have fallen off the wagon and have struggled many times to get back up.
In addition, meal planning can be a huge money-saver. When Tom and I were first married, I went to the grocery store almost every day. Not only did I purchase what I needed for dinner that night, I'm sure I purchased things we didn't really need, too.
Recently I found a great tool to help with my meal planning. It is a free MS Excel download from Vertex42. I've been using the Weekly Meal Planner version for several weeks now and I absolutely LOVE it.
What is so cool about it is that for each main dish, side dish, breakfast, and lunch entry, you can select an item from a drop-down list within the cell. You can edit the meal lists based upon your own favorite foods and recipes. The weekly meal planner also has a notes and grocery list section.
I'm in love...