Raw Food – Success Factor: Planning

Raw Food? How do you do it successfully? So many of my students bemoan making the change in their lifestyle. Alternately, many come to me complaining that they’ve tried to eat raw and just can’t seem to do it all the time like they want to, and they ask for help in figuring out how. What do you think is one of the biggest keys to implementing a change to raw food eating successfully? From the title, you’ve probably already guessed … it’s planning.

To increase your success, I challenge you to take at least one or two ideas from the Planning Tips list below and implement them right now. Remember that if you fail to plan, you are by default planning to fail.
• Schedule uninterrupted time every day to do your planning.
• Anticipate possible problems you could encounter in your project because of people, material, or mechanical failures. Purposely provide preventive actions and contingency plans in important high risk situations.
• Plan for tomorrow, tonight. Your subconscious will help organize while you sleep.
• Think about your entire week. How will important projects be sequenced?
• Do your planning on paper to capture all of your ideas and to be sure none of them get lost. We can only work mentally with about seven pieces of information without losing something. Write your thoughts down and you will be able to utilize everything you think of during your planning process.
• When developing a specific plan, list the activity steps individually, then write the whole plan out in sequential order.
• If you must, leave your office and get away to do your planning in a quiet place where you can think.
• Don’t hurry the process. Something will get overlooked.
• When things go wrong, it can generally be traced back to a poor job of planning or failing to follow an existing plan.
• List key words that relate to a project. They will fit into and help you in planning.
• Whether you call it planning time, thinking time, quiet time or meditation, the payoff in increased productivity is the same.
• Schedule one weekend away each quarter and make it a top priority. Mini-vacations are rejuvenating.
• Sit quietly and mentally rehearse the steps in your plan. Use your imagination to visualize the steps being taken. You will sense where additional steps need to be added and will anticipate problems to prevent.
• Use the first 10 minutes of each day to plan or review your plan for the day.
• When starting a new project or activity, take a moment to quietly review, mentally, the steps you will follow.
• Set your own due dates for projects earlier than the actual deadline.
• Put schedules in writing. Publish them and then follow up with them.
• If you cannot identify the objectives and steps to take to get to a goal, you need to spend more time visualizing it to make it real to you.
• Stick Post-It-Notes on paperwork to indicate or highlight scheduling and due dates.

These are just a few ideas to get you started.

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To Your Most Vibrant Health, Chef Allie