We welcomed a whiteboard in to the family
About a week ago we welcomed a change as exciting as any to our home, we bought a whiteboard.
Our whiteboard is a meal planning, gym visit tracking, money saving, event scheduling part of the family already. We, like everybody else, live fairly busy lives and are doing fine but really weren't happy with the progress we were making towards reaching our goals. Every year we come up with the save more money and get fitter goals but beyond those we have actual targets we want to achieve in the next couple of years and without breaking down the path to reach those goals we probably wouldn't get there.
I spend a lot of my time out of the house and have absolutely no set schedule for what each week will look like. Because of this I allowed myself to make excuses not to cook food or to run out of time to get to the gym but now the whiteboard will take none of that. We have a row for what is going to need to be done for lunch and dinner each night of the week, if no one is going to be home that day to get it ready it is done before the day arrives and that way there is no reason not to have a meal at home. Helps the waist and the hip pocket all in one go.
If you take a look at the gym row you may notice that it is completely empty, poor planning. I've looked at the issue though and this week the problem has been I haven't been available to get to the gym during normal opening hours (I don't always get out of bed well...) so next week's whiteboard will include a memo to get a 24 hour gym membership so when I'm jumping off the walls after a big day at 10pm, I'll go to the gym.
There's a row labelled T/A and another for events also. Events is self explanatory but the point is so we know what to organise for food, T/A is an abbreviation that I can't put on a public website however and basically shows what we spend each day outside of budgeted expenses.
We love our whiteboard. It keeps us on track because we have this huge white thing staring at us every day reminding us when we're not kicking goals. Whether you want to lose weight, travel overseas or want to run a marathon, they're not small goals and breaking them down into smaller goals like 3 kilograms a month, $400 a week or 1 kilometre every month makes the goal line easier to achieve and the more little wins the more likely you are to stay on track.
A big visual reminder in the kitchen may help as well.