How do you manage all of the day to day tasks and chores of homesteading? Managing a busy homestead can be like juggling 100 balls at once. We’ve talked about being frugal on the homestead, but what about being productive? We have all of the chores of a normal household, but homesteading adds in feeding animals, administering medicine, tending the garden, and much more.
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Tips for Managing a Busy Homestead
One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to homesteading is just needing more time. There are plenty of days when there just doesn’t seem to be enough daylight to get things done.
- Make a list | Check it twice? No, you’re not Santa. Prioritize the list of course!
One of the best ways to be productive is to prioritize all the things you need to do.
- Time Blocking | Sometimes it’s helpful to use a time blocking method.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tend to be a perfectionist. I can take way too long on one task. It can be helpful to set a timer for myself with certain projects and then move on to the next important project.
- Let the Kids Help
If you have kids in the house, they sure can be helpful! There are many chores they can help with, whether it’s helping to feed the animals, scooping poop, or cleaning the house!
- Wake up Earlier
In the wee hours, you can work on inside stuff before the sun even comes up. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll be fast asleep. There are plenty of people who are capable of this, but it’s not me. LOL.
- Do something that makes you happy!
It might sound funny, but make sure you do something every day that makes you happy. If it’s spending time watching the chickens (or talking to them), or gardening. This can help prevent a burnout!
Helpful Apps to Help Manage a Busy Homestead
HatchaBatch – A free app to help you keep track of incubated eggs.
Yummly – Great for storing recipes you find on the web, and even add your own! It’s like your own little cookbook.
Garden Time Planner by, Burpee – Get reminders about when to sow, transplant, and harvest for your area.
Pinterest – If you are looking for answers, Google isn’t the only place to find them! Do a search on Pinterest! Many homesteading questions can be answered on Pinterest. It’s my go-to source!
Google Drive – Organize any files and share them.
Google Photos – Organize photos, and provides a backup for images.
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