With all the different disasters and emergency situations we could possible face, the process of preparing can be a little overwhelming at times and intimidating to say the least. It seems that even when we are more prepared than we ever have been, we still have the feeling that it’s just not enough.
I titled this week’s podcast “ Prepping Challenges, Distractions and how to…Squirrel!” because sometimes it can be really easy have our preparedness plans derailed or go down a rabbit hole that leads us nowhere.
Lisa and I talked about some of these distractions and how we can try to keep ourselves on track and not get burnt out with prepping. The last thing we want to do is to stop making progress towards our goal or goals.
At the end of this post we also have some interesting (and probably common) answers we got when we posed the question “what is your biggest challenges and/or distractions?” to the Apoco-List Facebook group.
Lack of resources
I made this number one on the list because it is probably number one on just about everyone’s list. With all the supplies we “need” to buy to become more prepared it seems like we can never have enough money.
We might not be able to control how much the price of gas is, but spending money in the wrong areas of preparedness and not budgeting our money are both things we can control.
Outside Influences & Second Guessing
Unfortunately when it comes to how others react to our prepping there is not much we can do about it, sometimes it just takes patience mixed with a little wishful thinking. I do have an article about how to get your loved ones on board, and I also have one about how to read people which will be helpful now as well as in a SHTF situation.
Because of people telling us we are overreacting we can sometimes second guess ourselves, it’s ultimately up to you what you choose to do, but I would rather be safe than sorry.
Organization & Overwhelm
Prepping is just like everything else in life, take tools for example, over time we start to build up a supply and if we don’t keep them organized it becomes very frustrating and we forget what we actually have.
This can lead us to throwing our Hands up in the air because we are frustrated and overwhelmed by how much stuff we have.
News Media (Alternative & Mainstream)
I’m probably preaching to the choir here but the news doesn’t report the real news anymore, they report what they are told to report.
It doesn’t matter if you watch Fox News or CNN, everyone has their own agenda and for the most part they are telling us what to believe and what’s important. Make up your own mind, and do the research to find out the real or whole story.
Every once in a while it’s nice to just turn off our brain for a little while, but we need to be careful how often we do it. It’s really easy to get sucked in by these shows and the more we do it the more it becomes habit.
Set aside a certain amount of time each day to work on preparedness. This can be learning, reading and even watching videos, it doesn’t always have to cost us money.
Creating Subconscious Distractions
I am a professional at avoiding what I should be doing, I can always find something that needs to be done that takes me away from what I need to be doing. It’s usually what I call “busy work”, just work that keeps me busy and distracted from my main goal.
This usually happens without you consciously knowing it’s happening and you can go the whole day until you realize that you just tricked yourself.
Who is not guilty of procrastination on some lever or another right? Some of us have actually perfected the art of procrastination. As they say “procrastinate now, don’t put if off till later”.
It’s human nature to put things off, we can talk ourselves into just about anything if we let it happen. The problem come in when we procrastinate and add more to our plate and forget about our main goal in the first place.
Getting pulled in the wrong direction
When it comes to prepping it’s almost impossible not to get pulled in 100 different directions, but if we focus on too many things at once we will never fully complete anything.
Too much on your plate
Just like we talked about with organization another thing that can overwhelm us is trying to do too much all at once. The best thing to do is prioritize our goals, because if we don’t, that overwhelm will lead to burnout.
It’s far better to make a little progress than to burnout and make zero progress towards out preparedness goals.
Comments From the Group
The reason I posed this question and decided to post them here is to show that you are not alone in your struggles. Even though you think you might be doing something wrong, you probably aren’t. Even if you find that you have made some mistakes (and we all do) it’s ok as long as your still headed in the right direction and focused on your goals. Remember, it’s about progress, not perfection.
Don: Getting lost in the prep and getting so consumed by it you lose focus. Before you know it you have 10lbs of shit in a 5lb bag.
Sandra: Money, spouse not on board with you.
Chris: My wife’s honey do list!
Michael: Work, family and life in general
Heather: Mostly lack of resources for me. My family gets aggravated at me sometimes, but I always have to question every penny I choose to spend that isn’t on bills or food. I can take 2 hours to decide to buy a $15 pair of sandals, lol
Christopher: I have combined my hobbies with survival prepping , collect knives. Keep the ones that work for my plans and sell or trade the others. , ,
Robert: Not enough local resources and not enough product descriptions online
Harold: Mine is the bright and shiny effect. Start out looking at say medical supplies, now I’m gonna need a headlamp to wear with medical supplies. I research that for while which then leads me to say how will I charge the batteries for the headlamp, which charger is best, how will I power the charger? Two hours later I still haven’t ordered anything. No band aid, headlamp, battery, charger, or solar panel.
Mary: Mine is being the only one in household…Gets pretty damn scary and a lot of hard work being by myself at my age. ( was proven today with the flooding)
Cliff: It always seems like too much on my plate. We prepare for this and prepare for that and it just seems overwhelming at times when I think about everything that we should be prepared for, which in turn creates a mindset of “what’s the point.” This really gets to me at times.
For years now, people have depended on me (my children mostly) and I imply here and there about preparedness without sounding like a nut job so as to not freak anybody out, but with everything that could happen to our perfect little worlds we live in, it should be alarming, especially with the events that are going on right now.
I’m always thinking that I’m not prepared enough. This hit me earlier today. I asked my 12 year old (I know this is going to sound strange for those of you who were not raised on shotgun so to speak) how many bullets do you have left for your guns (he’s always waiting bullets shooting stuff), he later reported back to me specific numbers for each of his guns and I felt an urgency to go buy more bullets. And, then I started thinking about “what if a gun broke, we’ll need backups for our backups.” It just seems like way too much sometimes.
Ian of Prepare2Survive: Complacency – Thinking you have things sorted.
Over focused – Getting too focused on one thing IE bee keeping and taking your eye of the ball!
Life – Something can happen perhaps an illness in the family or divorce for example that takes priority (and should of course) but it changes or abandons that original plan.
Jennifer: Burnout… but even then I am “actively” prepping. Books, movies, workouts, cooking and shooting my 40. It’s all research and prepping.
Also in the Show…
Sara Hathaway the author of Day After Disaster who was on podcast episode 101 is getting ready to publish her new podcast titled “The Changing World Podcast.” She was kind enough to ask Lisa and I to do a couple of interviews for her show and we decided to give a little sneak peak to our listeners.
Her podcast is scheduled to be up and going around the last week of July, as soon as it’s published we will let everyone know, it sound like it’s going to be a great podcast!