Last night’s net session is now available. We discussed what type of lists you keep for all your prepping needs.
Last night’s net got me thinking about my own list management. I am great at making lists but terrible at maintaining them. I can brainstorm a list but that is typically as far as they go, rarely making it past the brainstorm into some sort of organization that can then be developed into a plan. I have inventory lists in a notebook for some of my kits that I have but the lists live in that notebook. This topic has shed a light on something that I have been lacking in but fits within my current emphasis of redefining my prepping approach and projects that I am working on to get better organized and focused more on improved pre-planning. I feel like everything that I have done up to this point has been half-assed. Few of my projects have actually been implemented with ease and high success. I know I am pretty hard on myself, but it is true – developing an in-depth, well thought plan and then executing it is not one of my strongest skills. I tend to start projects and then leave them partially finished. Many of my prepping projects have fallen to that same fate. I take my list making for granted and have undervalued the asset that they are.
Coming to the acceptance that I need to focus on developing better pre-planning and implementation has been my primary directive this year. I have been on a mission to completely re-evaluate and reassess my preps. My home and life has been changing over the past couple of years. My daughter is growing up, close to becoming an adult. My boyfriend has recently moved in, so my life is entering a new phase and it is time to evolve my prepping approach to align with the changes in my life. I have been flushing out, reorganizing and working on getting better organized. In some ways, I am completely starting over. My food pantry is one prep area that I am currently revamping from the beginning, starting all over from scratch. I realize that better organizing starts with these lists and spending more time in pre-planning, thinking the plan through and prioritizing.
As I have cleaned through my home and been working out of my go bag and camping kits this summer, I have found so many of the same or redundant items, gear that was purchased on a whim that did not withstand the rigors of the field or was stashed in the closet and forgotten about. Expired food or food product that is not something the family would eat, which further solidifies the mantra of Eat What You Store and Store What You Eat. The process of simply going through my preps has revealed my disorganization. I am re-energized in my efforts to improve on my planning and my documentation. The lists that I currently have will be get plugged into a database spreadsheet to be further organized and improved upon.
As I work on this website, lists are becoming an integral part to managing the content and developing a procedure to maintain the content is critical to my overall success. I have either learned the lesson of the value of lists better or gotten better at accepting the need to focus on improving this skill for myself.
Thank you for the net topic Ken. It was far more enlightening and revealing than I first anticipated but it has proved to be an invaluable mental exercise.