How To Stop Procrastinating and Start Prepping by M.D. Creekmore for MDCreekmore
GNN Note – What we have done is simply add an extra item or two to our weekly shopping list. For example, if we needed toilet paper, since it will never, ever good bad unless it gets wet, we began adding an additional pack to the cart. Then we began looking more canned food items, meds / hygiene and everything else in our house. This started several years ago and has worked well for us. Not only does this keep essentials in the house in case life begins breaking all around, it also helps to keep us AHEAD of inflation! If you know how inflation works, then you understand this creates tons and tons of real savings.
I’m sure some readers will pitch a fit in disagreement. They will argue that it’s not procrastination on their part but lack of funds. In some cases, this may be correct, but for the most part, it’s just an excuse for putting off what they know needs to be done.
Procrastination is the persistent habit of putting off doing things you need (and want) to do. It’s always easier to put off what needs to be done, instead of actually done it. Or so we thank – excuses come easily as we rationalize our self defeating acts of procrastination. I used to have the same problem.
Why people procrastinate and what to do about it
There are many reasons why people procrastinate when it comes to prepping, but it usually falls within the criteria given below…
Fear of failure, fear of not knowing where to begin, fear of making a mistake, fear of wasting money – these are are the most common origins of fear, leading to procrastination and lack of action.
The cure is to have a plan. Make a list, know what to store, how much and how to store it. Don’t worry about wasting your money, you need to eat right? All you’re doing is buying what you need in advance. Buy, store, eat and replace.
If you decide to store and use basic foods such as wheat, beans, corn and rice you’ll actually save money, be healthier and possibly live longer…
Our minds can be our worst enemy, defeating us through negative self-talk even before we begin. Most of the time we do this without knowing it. Using phrases such as “I should” and “I have to” automatically sets objections in our minds. No one likes being forced, even by ourselves.
These phrases make prepping feel impelled, instead of something you want to do, leading to resentment, rebellion, and inactivity. Instead of telling yourself, “I should start a food storage program – soon” or “I have to start a food storage program – someday,” tell yourself, “I want to start a food storage program – now” or “I choose to start a food storage program – now.”