Even though time is a limited resource, we still have 24 hours in a day, which is plenty to do what needs to be done. You just have to reevaluate your priorities. No, I’m not suggesting you abandon spending time with your family or anything so drastic. But then again, isn’t safeguarding your family the reason you’re prepping in the first place?
Some readers may work 10 or more hours a day and sleep another six to eight, leaving only a few hours for other activities, such as family and prepping. So let’s find ways to maximize your prepping time and effectiveness without abandoning the ones you love in the process.
Here are six tips to help you make the most of your time:
- Stop reading and start doing. Reading is important, but only to a point. Remember, to actually learn a skill and retain it, you need to put the book down or get away from the computer and do it. If you’re reading about gardening, for example, then go dig up your yard and plant a garden. It’s hard to beat hands-on experience.
Focus on the tasks that have the highest impact. Don’t sweat the small stuff—instead, concentrate on tasks that have the most impact on meeting your goals. For the survivalist, the goals usually are to build up your supply of stored foods and survival gear and to learn new skills. If what you’re doing isn’t furthering this end, stop doing it and reevaluate your plan.
Don’t get distracted. When learning new survival skills, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, leading to distraction and lack of progress. I’ve found the best way to learn needed prepper skills is to break things down into smaller parts. For example, you might study storing food one month, preparing it the next month, and trapping game the next. The key is to master one area before moving to the next.
Throw away your television. You’re not going to gain many survival insights watching American Idol or another rerun of That ’70s Show. It’s amazing how much time we spend in front of a television, and for the most part, it’s not going to bring you closer to your emergency-preparedness goals.
Maximize your health. If you’re healthy, you’ll have more energy to get things done. Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Getting into shape will improve your productivity and increase your chances of survival under any circumstances.
Kill two birds with one stone. You should spend time with your family, but if possible make that time serve double-duty. For instance, take your children camping and use the time to teach them survival skills. To increase their skills, Boy/Girl Scouts and other similar programs are worthwhile for getting kids familiar with the outdoors, learning basic first aid, and so forth.
If nothing else, get the old copies of the Scout manuals to read—the older the better. Spend the weekend with your spouse learning to prepare basic foods. Take a first aid course as a couple or, even better, as a family.
Go shooting. The most important things are to include your family as much as possible and to make it fun, which will make you closer.