by James Kerrison on June 21, 2010

I have in my head a saying, well more so an acronym, although PPPPPP doesn’t really spell anything that you can say without people thinking you have a major stutter.

Apparently PPPPPP stands for

“Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”

I take it as meaning that if you properly plan (in advance) you can or will prevent poor performance.

On the other hand, the way I remember it (and I’m sure it was told to me this way, because I didn’t invent this one!) is that

PPPPPP stands for

“Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance”

I take it as meaning that if you properly plan you can or will prevent poor (or worse…) performance.

Take home point? You have to Plan and Prepare!

1. Have a plan – The worst plan in the world will be better than no plan at all. And chances of having the worst plan ever are pretty darn slim! Your plan will be a roadmap on how to get to your goal. There’s no point having a plan if you don’t have a goal you are focusing on.


2. Identify your time wasters – Too many people tell me that they don’t have time to follow an eating plan.

HELLO?!?!     It saves you time.

In the time it takes you to decide what you want for dinner, walking aimlessly around the supermarket, you could have made a double batch of the pre-planned meal and had tomorrow’s lunch or dinner sorted as well. The same goes for snacks. Grab your ziplock bags and portion out the nuts, protein powder or other non perishables you are going to use for the week.

Making 7, 14 or 21 bags of something in one hit takes a lot less time that doing the same thing everyday, or two to three times per day.

If you can’t get around the food analogy, think of it like this. It takes you 3 minutes a day to check the mail. You check it 5-6 times per week meaning it takes you 15-18 minutes per week to check the mail. If you only check it once a week, you probably aren’t going to miss anything and it will take you only 3 minutes.

Apply this principle to your food preparation and you can see that all that PPPPPP stuff makes sense!

I am exactly the same as you. If I prepare my food in advance and follow a plan, my results are 10 times better and I don’t waste time fluffing about. If I don’t plan and prepare, I have to think and this isn’t good!

Less thinking, more doing = Better Results For Everyone!

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