A Few Thoughts on Preparedness Goal Setting

Let’s consider a few thoughts on the general subject of goal setting. It’s something we’re faced with as we make plans to be prepared.

It’s also a topic we think about when one year winds down and another is on the horizon.

I’m not into pep talks or motivational diatribes, so this will be brief.

Prepping can become overwhelming in a hurry. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I want to do everything all at once, 10 minutes ago. Have you ever felt that way?

If so, take a deep breath. Relax.

Consider how to set small, manageable goals within the framework of your overall goal. You do have a big picture goal, don’t you? If not, start there and work down from general to specific.

Let’s say you want to set aside a year’s supply of food. OK, how will you go about that?

Invest in a ready-made package? Can you afford it now? Do you need to save money for it?

Or will you buy a few extra nonperishable grocery items each week until you have a year’s supply stashed away?

What about doing a combination of the two?

Here are a few guidelines to help you sort things out, regardless of your preparedness goal.

  • Keep goals simple and manageable.
  • Goals should be specific and measurable. For example, start seedlings indoors for the garden during the last week in February.
  • You may wish to prioritize your goals, but don’t worry if you decide to accomplish them out of the order you’ve written down.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you don’t accomplish what you think you should have accomplished. Keep moving forward.
  • If you’re prone to procrastination, handle the tasks you most enjoy first. Then deal with the one you’ve been putting off.
  • Others say to do the harder, less desirable tasks first. Then it’s out of the way, and you can move on to the things you enjoy. I say it’s up to you as to which approach works best for you. Don’t beat yourself up over it. The main thing is to deal with your goals in a way you can manage.
  • It may happen that you reevaluate your goals and change them to some degree. That’s fine, too. Just keep the bigger picture in mind as you check off the smaller projects.

All the best as you put together your preparedness goals.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.