Yesterday, I attended a seminar to learn more about Excel. (You can NEVER learn enough about Excel.) At the end of the class, the instructor made us write down three things: 1) 15 minutes, 2) 30 days and 3) (I forget – I should have written it down. I think it was to make a plan). What I did remember is that he said that if we wanted to retain any of the information that we had learned over the past two days that we must invest the time – 15 minutes every day for at least 30 days. If we did that, then we would become competent in our skills.
The next morning, I woke up to the news about a deadly tornado back east, close to a foot of snow on my doorstep, power outages throughout the area, emergency vehicles racing around and on, and on.
Then I got to thinking of all of you out there. How much time are you putting into learning Excel? NOT REALLY! No, what I really wondered about was how much time are you and your family (after all it is a family affair) putting into building your food storage and getting your family prepared? Fifteen minutes a day? Two minutes a day? A passing flutter of a thought?
As the instructor stated in my Excel class, you only get a return of knowledge and skill after an investment of time and energy is made. That theory holds true with your food storage and being prepared – YOU must invest the time and energy. That is the only way that it will get done, by you doing it.
I have never seen a container of water fill itself, seal itself and store itself in the food storage room – by itself. No – you have to do it. The same is true with figuring out how much food storage you need, what emergency supplies are necessary to keep in your storage and the ever so important family plan.
You take your responsibility to care for your family by working hard every day very seriously. You work to earn money to live in a comfortable home, provide food for your family and even have a little extra left over for fun and entertainment. So why not go that little bit extra and spend the time to get prepared for the unexpected?
I wrote an article about the ‘10-minute tidy’; every night, as part of the kid’s just-before-going-to-bed routine. You take a solid 10 minutes to really concentrate on cleaning as much as you possibly can and as fast as you can. It is amazing what you can accomplish in only 10 minutes. Now think about what you could do to your food storage or preparedness situation if you upped it to 15 minutes every day for 30 days?! I think that the results would be phenomenal.
To start, you could spend a couple of your fifteen minute blocks to take inventory of what you have. After taking inventory, take a couple of more 15 minute blocks to make lists – lists of things to do that can be accomplished in 15 minutes. And then you can start looking through ads for 15 minutes for food deals or go shopping 15 minutes longer for those deals that you found. Do you feel a theme here? 15 minutes. And 30 days.
All that I am asking is for you to spend 15 minutes a day for 30 days. The pay-off will be phenomenal. Remember – inch by inch life is a cinch. Yard by yard life is hard. Same with food storage; don’t try to do it all at once – just 15 minutes a day.
Don’t make it hard, just make it a priority. A 15 minute priority.