Front Load Your Future

Most people live their lives day-to-day. They plan what they must plan, but they only plan enough to get by, not to perfect a future outcome. Allow me to illustrate what I mean by using grocery shopping as an example. The average person will decide to grocery shop either because they ran out of milk or some other staple, or because it is Thursday, and they always shop for groceries on Thursday. How would a planner shop for groceries?

The planner knows what food that she has in the pantry, in the freezer, and in the refrigerator. She plans to use it up in an orderly fashion, for these reasons: What she has is freshest now. Age will not improve freshness, plus by waiting, she will incur a risk of spoilage. She has money tied up in purchased groceries. It is better to have an excess of money in the interest-bearing checking account, so she minimizes the type and the amount of groceries that she buys.

Which groceries does the planner buy? She knows the food groups, and she keeps up to speed on diet recommendations that will keep her family at the peak of health. She also keeps up with seasonal changes so that she is ready for the seasonal surges in fruits, vegetables, seafood, and other grocery items. She taps several information networks so that she can spot sales and it is the sales that often steer her one way or another on what to fix for dinner. She knows where the grocery stores are on her normal routes of travel to her job, her children’s school, church, her friend’s houses, and to the stores where she shops. She front loads all of this information so that she can duck in to the grocery stores, with the correct sale coupons, on her way home from where she has been.

The planner saves time and gas by timing these planned gathers of groceries. She shops after the kids are in school, before the afternoon rush hour, just after the butcher puts out the fresh meats, during her day off, and never on a holiday. She discusses her plans with her trusted friends, getting new ideas from them, and sometimes she offers to help them or she gains help from them. After all, different people have differing routes of travel.

Guess what? Grocery shopping is only one thing that she plans. She plans every aspect of her life, shaping her future the way she intends it to be. The outcome is better for her, for her family, her friends, and for the future of the greater community where she lives.

“Sharon Ann,”

Tony is a writer, an author of several published novels, and an independent publisher. In September 2012, he wrote and published the first of a three-book drama series, “A Voice from New Mill Creek: The Methodists,” as an e-book. In April, 2013, he released his second e-book and first romance novel, “Goodnight Paige.” In July, 2013, Tony released a guidebook titled “How Tony Wrote and Published Two Novels.” In May 2014, he published “The Star of India, “the second novel in the Voice From New Mill Creek drama series.

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