Have you ever been super busy producing music and after several hours realize you accidentally skipped lunch?
I have, often.
When I have a busy day (or week) producing, I often get lost in the work and hours just fly by. Sometimes I may eat quite poorly because I just forget to eat. But that’s not good.
If you really want to stay sharp, be creative, be productive and have energy, you need to eat. Your mind and body needs fuel. It’s just a fact.
But you don’t want to waste time and energy in the middle of the day deciding what to eat, when to eat, and even worse, spending hours buying groceries and cooking food. Also, chances are you will also choose the unhealthy option because it’s the quickest, right?
I recommend planning your meals in advance when you know you’re going to be busy. You need to make sure your nutrition is on point.
You just cannot be on top of your game (at least for long!) if you eat poorly.
1. Plan Each Meal In Advance
When you start the day, you should have an idea what you’re going to have for lunch and dinner. This will save you time and mental energy during the day. You don’t have to think, you just do.
Fun Fact: Did you know that many high-achieving people even wear the same clothes every day (different pair) to save them mental energy for more important decisions? In fact, it’s scientifically proven that our minds have only a limited amount of decisions for any given day. High-achievers know this.
It may sound useless, but it really helps to plan your meals in advance. You can focus the energy and time you save for work.
Usually on Sunday, I set up a mean plan for the upcoming week. I write down each lunch and dinner I’m going to have. If you eat out often, just have a list of restaurants you can choose from. If you cook your meals, then you should have the exact meals written down.
2. Buy Groceries
One of the worst time-wasters is to go to the supermarket every day to buy groceries! You can easily spend an hour on each trip.
Buying groceries for the entire week can significantly save you time and energy. It just makes life easier. If you want a snack, go to the fridge. When you want dinner, go to the fridge.
(Every once in a while I might buy groceries for the entire month! I can go into work-mode for an entire month without having to worry about food at all.)
But how can you know EVERYTHING you need for the entire week? Once you have each lunch and dinner planned, it’s quite easy. Now you just need to figure out everything else. What do you have for breakfast? What about snacks? And don’t forget the coffee!
By the way, you will always forget something but that’s fine.The goal is to buy majority of the groceries.
In general, we actually eat much of the same things throughout the week. Also, most ingredients you buy will easily last for the week. Some meats (and vegetables) may spoil the quickest but you can easily freeze those if needed.
3. Prepare What You Can
Congrats! Now you have a list of each meal you’re going to have and you’re hopefully planning to make a trip to the grocery store? Even these two steps will help you (A LOT!).
But there’s two more smaller things you can do.
If you cook majority of the meals yourself, you can do some preparations in advance to save time and effort. This depends totally on each meal though.
You can cut and prepare vegetables, prepare snacks, make sauces, and even cook meats (remember to freeze them if needed!).
Fun Fact: Some people (often bodybuilders) actually cook each meal of the week in advance and freeze them. When they want to eat, they just grab the meal, unfreeze it and it’s done. Simple!
I often cook food for 2-3 days at a time, which I also recommend.
4. Schedule Your Meals
Having all meals prepared won’t help if you forget to eat them!
It’s wise to set up a time for each meal of the day. You don’t have to follow it religiously but it gives you some structure for the day. Here’s my current schedule:
- 7 AM: Bulletproof coffee
- 9 AM: Breakfast
- Noon: Lunch
- 3 PM: Snack
- 7 PM: Dinner
Eating is not a waste of time. If you want to perform at your very best, you need fuel. Even though producing music isn’t the most physical job in the world, it requires your mind to be sharp. Your brain needs fuel just like your muscles does. Remember that.