What if you could put 10 hours back into your week?
Or even just 7 hours? Or 5 hours?
What would you do with all that extra time?
I would spend extra time at the pool. I would read more books. I would get 30 more minutes of sleep.
Well, that’s exactly what I did these past 2 weeks. I started a new job where I leave my apartment around 7 am and get home most nights as late as 6 pm.
How? Meal planning.
Now, obviously that doesn’t leave much time for going to the grocery store or cooking dinner on a week night. But I have an old bad habit of going to the store several times a week to be able to cook dinner since I didn’t plan ahead.
The Magic of Meal Planning
For 2 Sundays in a row, I have planned my lunches for work and dinners for after work in one sitting, gone to the grocery store to buy everything I need at one time, and done all the cooking and prepping in one go. Lunches get portioned out into containers that I can just grab in the morning, and dinners just need to be scooped onto a plate and reheated.
It feels like a miracle. It took 3.5 hours to plan, go to the store, and cook.
I used to spend 2-3 hours per night on dinner. It’s insane, I know. I saved 10-15 hours per week by cooking 3.5 hours in one day.
So if you feel like you don’t have time to cook during the week or you want to eat healthier but takeout just seems so much more convenient, think again. I have a fridge full of organic, precooked meals for a whole week ready to go and it only took 3.5 hours of one day of my week.
Tell me in the comments below… Do you meal plan to save time? Would you like to meal plan but feel overwhelmed when it comes to planning?
Let me know below if you’d like to see more on how to meal plan and batch cook. And what you would do with an extra 5 hours added back to your week!