I think we can all agree that prepping is not the easiest thing in the world. There are always more chores to be finished and there seems to always be a need for additional supplies. No matter how far you have come you can always find a hole in your plans and thus, you are always running from point A to point B. I can’t speak for everyone but it seems that I am always facing a financial issue as far as what I can buy and what I have to do without.
I know I can’t be alone in this. If you are just starting your prepper journey then you are probably overwhelmed by the amount of cash it takes to get started and the amount of time that you have to spend in preparation, list making, and finally, the execution of the plan. Most preppers have had to face the burnout situation and there are some that have done better than others. My husband and I almost stopped prepping a few years in and we are glad that we didn’t.
The best way to fight back against the burnout feeling is to simply push through it. When you stop your work it becomes much easier to put it down for longer and longer periods of time. In my experience I have learned that once I put the work down I have a harder time getting going again. So the best thing to do is to simply push through the work and get it done. Don’t quit.
I have several friends that have stopped prepping simply because they were tired of the work and they felt like they could no longer afford it. However when they tried to get going again they did not have the drive/motivation and they basically had forgotten where they left off to begin with.
How Do You Eat An Elephant?
I was asked this question several years ago and I had that dumb, deer in the headlights look. I wasn’t sure how to best answer the question. Finally the man asking the question simply said, one bite at a time. There is absolutely no way that you will be able to plan, buy, and stock every aspect of your prepping stash in a few days time. It cannot be done.
The best advice I can offer is to take your time and work steadily. Be careful not to push to hard. If you had a hard day and you just don’t have it in you to can food…wait until tomorrow. Now I am not justifying procrastination, in fact far from it. I am however encouraging you to not work all hours of the day. Take this journey as it comes and enjoy each and every step.
It’s The Little Things
Most people have a huge list of the things that they would like to see accomplished. Some of the items are large and most are small. However there are always a few things that you would like to buy that you just can’t afford quite yet. For me, I would love to have several N.B.C. filters. These are filters that guard against Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical weapons. The only issue is that they are like 1700 dollars each. I haven’t saved enough money for them yet. There was a time when this would annoy me to no end. But I have taken solace in the fact that we have a great supply of food and water and we even have a few gas masks.
Is it ideal? No. Is it a winning situation that I can build off of? Absolutely!
The key to fighting the burnout is to make sure that you are not trying to set a new world record in speed and efficiency. Life happens and issues arise. There will be times when you have money saved for a certain product only to have to spend the money on your stupid car or HVAC unit. It happens.
Remember this little saying. Don’t sweat the small stuff!