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A.D.D. meal planning and organization 
Feb. 17, 2011 4:00 pm 
Updated: Mar. 11, 2011 4:50 pm
I  diagnosed myself as slightly ADD some years ago. I have trouble with completing tasks because my mind gets a head of me and I easily start off on another track. It was with great joy that I found the Flylady.net organization and cleaning site. I have been using the techniques (sometimes not religiously) for about 10 years and I find this site so helpful when it comes to keeping the home in good shape. 

I noticed this post today, so I thought I would share it with all you cooks out there. I thought it was one of the most simple strategies for meal planning. Hope it is useful to some of you. Aloha :)

Dear FlyLady, 

I too am a calendar convert, and wanted to pass on a technique I use for menu planning. 

I write each dinner entrée name and where I keep the recipe on the top of a Post It note, cut off just the sticky part so that I have a small sticky strip with the dinner on it, and stick that on the day of the week that I'm going to cook that dinner. 

At the end of the week, I peel off each dinner and bump it up a few weeks on my calendar to a new date, unless no one liked it (LOL). 

Then when it is time to menu plan for a future week, several days are already planned! Also, I can switch around the dinners in one week if I need to (like if I forgot a main ingredient and have to bump one meal down a day or two). 

Works great! 

FlyBaby in Maryland 
Feb. 18, 2011 9:33 am
Great idea! I need to try that, it seems like we get in a meal rut a lot!
Feb. 18, 2011 2:39 pm
I have never seen that site but I've heard it's great. I wish I was that organized. I almost had it the housecleaning covered till I got the new furbaby! Menus I do that loosely now. Ah perfection would be so nice to attain :)
Feb. 18, 2011 7:08 pm
Now THATS a great idea!
Feb. 18, 2011 9:21 pm
Thanks for the website addy and tip. A great idea for menu planning. I'm still trying to get myself to be better about planning our meals.
Feb. 19, 2011 11:23 am
Brooke, I liked the absolute simplicity of it:) I like simple!
Feb. 19, 2011 11:28 am
Cat Hill, I will NEVER be perfect, but I like the way the flylady gets it all down to quick basics. It has taught me that I can do anything (almost) for 15 minutes. You actually start challenging yourself. I love the pix of the new baby. My Lily (avatar) is a non shedder so I have it easy in the shedding department. Hey...why don't ya come to Vegas for the AR get together?????
Feb. 19, 2011 11:29 am
Avon, Isn't that a simple strategy? BTW Are you still thinking about coming to the AR LV blowout? Love to meet you:)
Feb. 19, 2011 11:31 am
Candice, Mostly it is just the two of us now, but I do notice that I seem to run out of ideas, when in fact I have so many recipes that we LOVE. Hey, come to Vegas for the LV AR Blowout!!!
Feb. 19, 2011 11:33 am
Brooke, forgot to invite you to the Las Vegas Allrecipes blowout on May 14 at my place. Would love to have you:)
Feb. 19, 2011 6:21 pm
Maybe Avon and I could drive to down there. ROAD TRIP!!!
Feb. 20, 2011 10:26 am
Candice, It would be such a pleasure to meet both of you live and in person :)
Feb. 23, 2011 11:44 pm
You have a very cute dog...is it a Havanese. Just wondering as I am a dog groomer. Also love the rest of your pictures
Feb. 24, 2011 5:47 pm
AHIMMERODER, Thank you! Everybody thinks Liliuokalani is a Havanese...but she is a Yorkie/Bichon (MUTT) and weighs almost 10 lbs. She is also a pain in the rear to groom. Where are you? I could use your help. LOL
Mar. 11, 2011 8:39 am
Excellent idea...!! Hi mauigirl, I'm new to your blog....I bet you a lots of fun, would love to meet you.You commented on my using chicken breasts for Morrocan stew, you used chicken fingers...also loved your comment about Julia Child, and your garage sale, very very funny. love people who make me laugh
Mar. 11, 2011 4:50 pm
lou, laughter is the thing that always keeps me going...though I am a very serious political junkie:) I sure wish you could come to the LV get together????? It should be a blast. Come n down kid:)
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