Menu Planning has many facets and variables. My intention here is to break it down and put it back together in a way that everyone can utilize these strategies in their own environment.
The first piece of that strategy involves choosing a notebook. The best way I’ve found is DON’T choose one! Grab a cheap, single subject, regular sized notebook. Your first attempt at a kitchen bullet journal will be messy!
I’ve seen (and suffer from) too much perfectionism when creating systems. Does this sound like you? Let’s make it easier on ourselves.
Discipline in the Organization
For the longest time, I thought the discipline I needed for running my kitchen depended on remembering my grocery list at the store, staying on budget and having (along with following) a menu plan. I was very, very wrong.
While those strategies help, kitchen management depends on good choices and habits moment by moment! The simplicity of not putting the milk away after you grab cereal results in waste (because the milk went bad), frustration (now you must run to the store), and guilt (that’s just how we roll.)
By cleaning up after ourselves NOW, writing down needed items from the grocery store NOW, and thawing a protein for dinner IN THE MORNING, we save ourselves a great deal of hassles.
There isn’t a mess to clean up before you can start making dinner. You’ve eliminated extra trips to the grocery store by keeping your pantry up to date. You don’t have to order pizza because you have a plan for dinner.
It’s by developing and honing daily habits that we can finally get control. In this series, we will look at different ways to accomplish conquering chaos in our kitchens… once and for all!
By keeping track of these decisions and systems in our kitchen bullet journal, we can effectively build new habits.
When I get to a place in a course or book where it’s time to make a decision, I get paralyzed. The confusion sets in. I’ll typically handle it one of two ways:
- I go do something else.
- I get stuck in a rabbit hole researching all the options (while never actually deciding and doing anything!)
I know I’m not the only one. I’ve made some choices throughout the series to combat this tendency. This is the reason why I give the direction to choose a simple notebook.
The Foundation- Page by Page
The Kitchen Bullet Journal is built page by page. It holds our plans, ideas, and strategies. It can only do what you tell it to. With this in mind, we will build our KiBuJo with the end in mind.
We want it to guide us, answer our questions, and keep good records. You can only get out of it what you put into it!
The foundation of the KiBuJo is set in its basic and standard pages. The original bullet journal was built with strategic pages that align the elements of the journal. These basic pages are an index, a key, a calendar, and collections. While these are standard pages, all others in your kitchen bullet journal are specific to you and your circumstances.
For example, because my kids are older, I don’t have a toddler snack page. I do have a dog treat page, though! These pages are collections, specific to you and how you use your KiBuJo.
Start thinking about things that will help you personally to keep track of in your bullet journal. Consider where you forget things or get confused. This would be a great place to start. Some examples:
- A diabetic could keep a copy of the glycemic index in their journal so they can make good snack choices.
- Someone trying a whole foods diet could keep a list of groceries that meet the plan requirements.
- An individual with daily medication could keep a list and tracking information, this also ties into errands, pharmacy information and refill dates.
The first habit I’d like to request you develop is using a kitchen journal.
We are going to answer questions, create standard pages to input information, and use this notebook to get control of our kitchens.
It won’t always be easy. Please do the work. The work involved is writing and making yourself DO it! Habits don’t come cheap or simply!
Take What You Need and Leave the Rest
This system is intended as a foundation, on which you put your personal touches, then polish to a shine.
If a certain strategy won’t work for you, skip it. We are not trying to fit squares into circle shaped holes!
I intend to move planets to get you the support you need to make this happen. I want you to wake up relaxed each morning knowing that you have a plan.
With that said, please don’t be shocked when I call you out on your confusion, refusal to make decisions or lack of action. If you tell me you need and want help, and proceed to do nothing to help yourself, I am going to ask about it. Please consider yourself warned.
This is not intended to be hurtful. Not trusting yourself because you’ve failed so many times before isn’t easy to overcome. I’ll happily give a swift kick in the pants when I think it will help.
Here’s What I Know About You
- You care.
- You need guidance.
- You want support.
- You are not stupid or lazy.
Regardless of what your fourth-grade math teacher said, you are capable. Someone that needs education or assistance applying a principle to their personal situation is far from lazy. You aren’t stupid because you can’t find a good resource that fits with your learning style.
Let’s let go of the past. We’ve all made mistakes. We all have epic fails. No one cares about that. We care about tomorrow. We care about the changes you’d like to make.
I’d like to encourage you to join my Facebook group: Judge-Me-Not Menu Planning.
I have found experts in many areas of need. We have two registered dieticians, fitness experts, weight loss advisors, nutrition experts, and an organic specialist who round out a compassionate group of people seeking to assist in improving your path.
We kick out bullies. We help ease your desired transition. We celebrate your wins with you. Please join us. You don’t need to make these difficult changes alone.
In closing, I’d like to tell you I care… but, that won’t matter. Let me show you instead. I’d enjoy helping you make the naysayers eat their words. You can do this. We can do it better together.
Bullet Journal Assignment #1
- To get started creating your own KiBuJo, grab a standard sized, one subject spiral bound notebook. This can be from your stash or from the store. We aren’t being picky. Just get one.
- Open the notebook that you acquired. Write down how this article made you feel. If you’re willing, e-mail it to me. I would love your feedback. Sometimes it helps to have a safe place to vent your frustration. All entries are made in confidence. I will not share them.
To Share or For Support:
Join our Judge-Me-Not Meal Planning Facebook Group. I’ve gathered a wonderful group of specialists to assist you in your personal journey. We have experts on nutrition, dieting, lifestyle changes, and the basics (that’s where I come in!) We maintain a strict environment that does not allow bullying, shaming, and passing judgment is not tolerated (whether the offender agrees with our assessment or not.) Our intention is to gently educate and boldly encourage you!
P.S. I would LOVE to hear what you think! You are always welcome to contact me!