Goal Planner to help prep for a project or class

3 Ways To Prep For A Project Or Class

3 Ways To Prep For A Project Or Class

Preparing for a project or class is super important for achieving success. Without proper preparation, it can be hard and frustrating to complete tasks efficiently and effectively. Let’s talk about three ways to prep for a project or class, including:


  • Goals and Time - What specific goals and steps do you need to plan out? What is the duration of the project and how many hours per week?


  • Responsibilities - How will this affect your family? What can you do to make it easier on yourself?


  • Where - What area do you need cleared or polished up to start?


    Goals and Time

    Goals For Your Project Or Class

    The first step to prep for your project or class is planning out your project with some goals and then break those down into doable steps. Make a list, what are all the parts that need to happen.

    Here is a goal planning freebie that just might help. I made it when trying to plan out my year and needed something easy, to the point, and specific to plan my goals. It's great for one goal or for many.

     Goal Planning Sheets


    Schedule For Your Project Or Class

    What is your schedule looking like? Where can you free up some time? What is absolutely necessary?

    This is a time to make time for you and your goals. Let those around you know that you're doing a big project or class, that you'll be busy for a while. They will understand. If you need help this is the time to ask and delegate. Let your house be a little bit messy, it's okay.

    A calendar to block off time to prep for a project or class

    Time Blocking In Your Planner

    In the planning stage break down how many hours each part will take. If you're taking a class ask how many hours a week are expected for course work and for homework.

    Now create 60-90 min. time blocks into your planner or calendar.


    Batching Your Tasks

    Do all similar tasks together and things that use the same equipment together. Get these things ready before hand but we'll talk more about that when we get to the last part - Where.




    This is a big one for me. I spend so much time shopping, prepping, cooking food for the family.


    • Shopping, in most areas you can online order and have it delivered or do curbside pick up. Or if that's not an option take a list so you can get what you want and get out quickly. I cheat here too and pick up some easy meals like ready made pizza or crusts, stuffed chicken breasts and fries, and ready made broth.


    • Meal Prep. Yes I spend a day or two before a big project to make up a huge batch of my family's favorite meals. I don't really follow recipes and will give you a couple of basic recipes that I make below. Sheppard's Pie, which we call Potato Mash, Meatballs, Taco Meat, Lasagne, Cabbage Roll Soup and Veggie Soup. Then I through in some of those ready made meals or quick to make, pita pizza, caesar pitas, stir fry, and spaghetti.

     Frozen Meal Prep to Prep For A Project or Class

    Pets and Kids

    Maybe you can ask your partner or family for more help, or swap with a friend. If the funds are there you could get a sitter in, or send your kids or pets off to their place.



    Your Workspace

    Creating a productive workspace can help you stay focused and motivated when preparing for a project or class. Make it fun by personalizing your workspace to reflect your unique style and interests. Add a fun decoration, piece of your art, or even a plant to make your workspace feel more inviting.

    It's also best to take a little time to tidy it up, clearing yourself some mental space, and heck, it just feels good.

    Then you'll want to make sure you have all the supplies that you need on hand and out ready to go. This will save you time from searching and help keep your momentum going throughout your entire project.

    Remember, a comfortable and organized workspace can make all the difference when it comes to your productivity.


    You've Got This

    Preparing for a project or class doesn't have to be stressful. By setting exciting goals, turning time management into a game, and personalizing your workspace, you can make the process more enjoyable and fun. So, get creative, and get ready to crush your next project or class!

    Have fun and here a the quick notes of my easy recipes.

    PS. I don't eat meat so the Potato Mash is really just for my family.


    Potato Mash

    • Left over turkey or chicken
    • Half a bag of potatoes
    • A few sweet potatoes
    • Frozen corn
    • Frozen peas
    • 4-5 packets of gravy mix


    Cook the gravy.

    Put the meat in the bottom of 4-5 glass dishes (6 cup, 7" x 6")

    Mix frozen veggies into gravy.

    Scoop gravy and veggie mix into dishes.

    Place dishes in freezer.

    Cook the potatoes and sweet potatoes in separate pots.

    Mash potatoes and add to dishes.

    Place foil and lid on top, label and date, and they are ready for the freezer.

     To bake, remove lid, put into oven at 400 F cook for 45 mins, remove foil and bake for 15 mins.



    lasagna recipe to prepare for a project or class

    • No cook lasagne noodles (Catelli GF)
    • A jar of pasta sauce
    • Butter
    • Onions
    • Zuchinni (courgette)
    • Muchrooms
    • Ricotta cheese
    • Cheddar cheese, shredded

    Saute the onions in a bit of butter.

    Mix onions into pasta sauce.

    Scoop a bit of pasta sauce into bottom of baking dish.

    Add 1 layer of noodles, then sliced zuchinni and ricotta.

    Cover with more sauce.

    Add 1 more layer of noodles, then sliced mushrroms, more sauce, then sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

    To bake, cover and put into oven at 400 F cook for 40 mins, remove cover and bake for 20 mins.


    Thanks for joining me.

    Here is the link again for the Goal Planning Sheets. I hope they help make your planning a little easier.

    -Jo Simpson

    Goal Planning Sheets



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