When a person asks me to help them get started in freezer cooking, I am always anxious to offer advice and help because I know how much it has helped me, blessed others, and nourished my family for the past twenty-six years.
As I stated earlier on the blog, my first piece of advice is to not make it bigger than it needs to be. Freezer cooking doesn’t have to be this all-encompassing way of life that is so huge you can’t bear to face cooking day. On the other hand, if you like to go big (which I always have!), then by all means, go big.
Just over twenty years ago I wrote my first homeschooling workshop for conventions. It was a three-part series titled “Helps for Homeschooling Moms—Prioritizing, Organizing, and Scheduling.” And guess what the first thing in the first session was (the Prioritizing one)? Yep—it was about getting rid of perfectionism!
In a previous podcast episode called Simplified Menu Planning, I encouraged listeners to not overthink meal planning. (You may listen to that episode here.)
In this audio, I described how my original freezer cooking, in which I plugged all of my entrees into categories (based on meat types), led me to look at meal planning in a more simplified way. I made my master list of most of the entrees that I fix under each category, and then I can see what meats are on sale, scan my master entrée list, and choose meals to make.
One of my longest standing workshops for moms is an audio set called Helps for Homeschooling Moms. It is a three-part series that begins with “Prioritizing” for one hour then “Organizing” for one hour then “Scheduling” for one hour. (As a matter of fact, just yesterday a FB friend posted and tagged me in her old cassette version of this audio set, telling me and my FB friends how much she learned from that set many years ago. What a joy to see that!)
“Procrastinator? No. I just wait until the last second to do my work because I will be older, therefore, wiser.”
“I got so much procrastination done today!”
“I’m not a procrastinator. I just prefer to do all my work in a deadline-induced panic.”
“I’m a huge procrastinator….but that’s okay! At least I’m a pro at something!”
“I’m very busy doing things I don’t need to do in order to avoid doing anything I’m actually supposed to be doing.”
“Nothing makes a person more productive than the last ten minutes.”
“Why do today what I could put off until tomorrow?”
I was one of those. You might be too since you are reading a healthy cooking and productivity blog. You know…one of those who has made to-do lists at least since junior high (and possibly since upper elementary school!)……AND…you have OFTEN written things down that you already completed just so that you would have more things marked off your list! (more…)