5 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE 7 DAY CHALLENGE

It’s coming…SOON. This year’s 7 Day Challenge is REALLY about to start 😉 Here are some things we wanted you to think about before it actually starts. It’s not too late to sign up. We’re really looking forward to this year’s challenge. We decided that some days we will be more task focused, rather than a full day of practicing something. There are many things we just need to get DONE in order to be prepared, so this will be testing you on whether or not you have those things prepared. If you weren’t prepared, we will encourage you to spend some time that day working on those things. Does this sound vague? It is vague because the scenarios are SURPRISES. You never know when these things will happen in real life.

That being said, here are 5 ways to get the most out of the 7 Day Challenge:

USE THE REPORT CARDS

Each day we will have a report card that will help you to think of areas for improvement. It will guide you through a few questions to ask yourself about how the day’s tasks went. It will also have a place for you to list things you need to buy, to do, and to learn. Fill these out each day and at the end of the challenge we will give you a master worksheet to plan out your preparedness goals for the next year by combining the daily report cards.

BE FLEXIBLE:

Some of the days you may have circumstances that don’t allow you to participate fully, or your family situation may be such that the scenario doesn’t make sense. Try to adapt the scenario to best suit your daily circumstances and family situation.

FOCUS ON THE GOAL:

Each day we have a goal we are working on. If the way the challenge is described seems unrealistic for you in one way or another (sometimes they are weird on purpose) then read the goal and focus on that. A lot of times we will insert random circumstances in order to test a certain aspect of preparedness. Just go with the flow and don’t take everything too literally.

PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY:

Most of the learning we will all be doing is from each other. Participate by posting comments on each day’s blog post, or on our Facebook page. Please feel free to share your ideas, your struggles, your successes, and experiences in general. We love getting to know you all during this “fun” time.

ACTUALLY “DO” THE CHALLENGE:

While doing a thinking exercise for each scenario is good, please try your best to actually accomplish each day’s tasks. Actually going through the motions of these scenarios will teach you MUCH more than pretending or just thinking about it. Trust us on this one!

Hopefully you are as excited about this year’s challenge as we are. Make sure to sign up to the CHALLENGE email list and then keep checking your email for the first day’s challenge to be sent out!


  • Orpainthorses

    This is my first challenge and I am a “newbie” to food storage. I have only been working for about a month to get ready! That being said I feel we are already libing this challenge! We discovered a horrible leak in our shower a few days ago and have not been able to take a shower since! Luckily the plummer will be here Sat to fix it! (we will have to spend money that day!) In the mean time we are washing hair in the sink and using baby wipes for a general cleanup. Last month the toilet tank shattered and it took a day to put in a new toilet! We used a gallon jug filled with water to force flush…at least I know how to be better prepared in the future!!! 

  • Orpainthorses

    This is my first challenge and I am a “newbie” to food storage. I have only been working for about a month to get ready! That being said I feel we are already libing this challenge! We discovered a horrible leak in our shower a few days ago and have not been able to take a shower since! Luckily the plummer will be here Sat to fix it! (we will have to spend money that day!) In the mean time we are washing hair in the sink and using baby wipes for a general cleanup. Last month the toilet tank shattered and it took a day to put in a new toilet! We used a gallon jug filled with water to force flush…at least I know how to be better prepared in the future!!! 

  • Babs

    As I’m watering my vegetable boxes this morning I realize that I wouldn’t want to use my bottled water to keep my crop healthy and that it would take one of my 55 gal. barrels of water every 10-14 days to keep my 14 boxes growing so I would have fresh veggies.  Something to think about when planning water storage.

    Babs

  • Desertonion

    YAY! I have been waiting for this! being my first mock emergency I am feeling a little bit nervous about how unprepared I am but I hope that I will be able to see and work on the holes in my storage! here we go woo hoo!

  • Bellamotives

    Woo hoo!! SO excited & so much better prepared because of last year’s challenge! I guess that means it’s already worked, lol! Hoping to learn more this year 🙂 You ladies rock!!

  • Cathy

    This sounds great…should be interesting!  The only thing I’m concerned about is using up my supplies on a non-real emergency.  But I do want to test our preparedness.

  • Love that you are doing this again this year, you guys are great!!!