If you’re not already using a bullet journal for meal planning, this post is for you. In fact, you don’t even have to officially be “into” bullet journaling to incorporate this meal planning layout into every day life. All you need is a sheet of paper or a digital notebook or spreadsheet.
You know that I like to keep things pretty simple around here. If something is too complicated it may look pretty but out.it.goes. In fact, this meal planner layout is not about pretty… it is about efficiency. I personally needed something that would allow me to (1) quickly plan out the week and (2) quickly allow me to “batch” similar activity days. This meal planner is so ridiculously simple that there are really only two step. Check it out.
Focus on the meal that “stresses you out” the most.
For me, it is dinner. Breakfast is straightforward and lunch is the king of leftovers around here. But dinner? That, my friend, needs a little more thought.
“Batch” similar days together.
You’ll see that my meal planner doesn’t look at the week ahead like a traditional calendar. Instead, it groups dates by the actual day of the week. That way if you know that every Sunday is hiking day or every Tuesday is soccer night, then it is quick and easy to schedule a repeat of what you did the previous Sunday or Tuesday. If it worked before, it will easily work again. And that means less time thinking about what to make.
There you have it. I told you it was simple.
I want to give a happy shout-out to Jennifer McCool of Organize This. Jennifer spoke earlier this month at the Megaphone Influencer Summit in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She led an inspiring session about using a bullet journal to manage your time. For me, that led me to think of a building a better mousetrap when it comes to meal planning.
I hope this works for you and would love to hear of any enhancements you create on your own.
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.