Life is overwhelming.
Parenting is overwhelming.
Sometimes just deciding what to make for dinner every night can be overwhelming.
Add preparing for emergencies and worst case scenarios on top of all that, and it’s no wonder that some Survival Moms end up sitting in a corner with a jar of Nutella and humming “Edelweiss”!
Several months ago I created a chart that helped me visualize what I needed to do most. It also helped set priorities since not everything on my To Do list has the same level of importance or urgency.
(You can view and download the chart here for a printed copy.)
Here’s how to use this chart:
- Make a list of everything you want to do in order for your family to be better prepared. Your list might include things like preparing a vehicle emergency kit, learning how to knit, taking a Wilderness First Aid course, and/or learning how to keep backyard chickens.
- Take one item on your list and determine it’s level of urgency, or priority. Is it a low, moderate, or top priority? How important is its completion to your family’s readiness?
- With that same item in mind, consider how long it will take to complete it.
- Determine where this item should go on the chart. Example: if you want to buy a Berkey water filter and know it will take several weeks to save up the money but it’s a top priority, then write, “Buy a Berkey” where “Top Priority” and “Several Weeks” intersect.
- Do this for each item on your lists of To Do and To Learn.
My advice is to examine 2 columns first, the things that will take less than a week to accomplish and those that are in the top row, “Top Priority”.
If you start taking care of everything in the “Less than a week” column, you’ll immediately begin to feel that you are accomplishing some important things, and you are!
For everything listed as a Top Priority, begin placing those things on a calendar or a goal sheet, so you can begin working toward their completion. If they’re important enough to list as a top priority, it also means they’re pretty darn urgent, although some may take a while to finish.
I have to confess that I get easily overwhelmed. If you sometimes do, too, then imagine how you’ll feel when faced with a true emergency or worst case scenario and you’ve done nothing to prepare for it!
(Sorry to be a wet blanket here, but it’s the truth!)
Even if you accomplish just one thing on your chart or your To Do/To Learn lists each week or every couple of weeks, you’ll be that much better prepared for whatever comes.
Let me know if/how this chart helps you and what advice you have for other sometimes-overwhelmed Survival Moms!
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