Read a survival-related book each month. Alternate fiction with how-to books. The fiction will remind you of what life might be like post-SHTF (scary!) and the how-to books will provide tips and strategies for being prepared. Check out my list of 31 books I recommend.
- Follow the Skill of the Month and choose your own skill(s) to master each month.
- Join a Meetup group or take a class that will help hone your survival and preparedness skills. Meeting with others will hold you accountable for accomplishing something each month.
- Check your daily habits for time-wasters. If you find yourself too busy to think about preparedness and take action, well, those waking hours are going somewhere! It’s easy to let time slip through our fingers, especially in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and no, I haven’t been spying on you! I just know how time flies and how easy it is to get lost in things that are fun but not terribly productive.
- Get a Survival Mom buddy to exchange ideas with. If you’ve told a friend that you’re going to can apples this weekend and you know she’ll be asking about it, you might be less likely to procrastinate. It’s also nice to have a partner for learning new skills.
- If a goal requires make a purchase, make sure you have the money in your budget. If the bank account is low, set a goal of learning a new skill, reading a book, or taking a free class instead.
- Make plans to be prepared for the most likely disaster/scenario first. You’ll be more motivated when you realize that you’re ready for something that may very well happen rather than focusing on shifting poles or peak oil.
- Take baby steps into the world of survival and preparedness if this is new to you. For example, purchase small amounts of a few freeze dried foods to sample or buy just a pound or two of wheat to try a few wheat berry recipes.
- Make it fun. The topic of preparedness is accompanied with some pretty serious scenarios of economic collapse, bank closures, EMPs, and zombies run amuck. While it may be fear that initially motivates you to prepare, you don’t have to live in fear 24/7. Focus on the fun of learning something new and trying new skills and activities as a family.
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