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How do you manage your time on a homestead? It’s not easy. Here my 7 time management tips that have helped us figure out how to run our homestead a little smoother.
People often ask, how do you manage to get everything done? Or at least look at me like I’m crazy when I say how much is on my plate. Maybe that explains why my hair is always in a bun, whatever. Here’s how I’ve figured out how to manage my time better to get more done. My hope is that these tips help you achieve more on your homestead. If you’re looking for hair tips, I can’t help you.
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR HOMESTEADERS
Time management is tricky for homesteaders especially when you work full time already and or have kids at home.
If you feel like you don’t have enough time to really work on homesteading skills then consider these stats.
The average person spends 2.14 hours per week brainwashing themselves via social media. They then spend at least another 4 hours watching TV/Netflix/Amazon Prime. If this is you, then try and use this extra time.
Here’s my tips to help you find that extra time! It’s helped me!
My friend Donna, introduced me to time blocking. Time blocking is what you do when you’re already busy and have lots to do but can’t seem to get it done. Donna has a great ebook, Time Blocking 101, which basically teaches you have to clear your mind, then chunk your day and week based on what tasks you need to accomplished. Time blocking is a perfect way to stop feeling like your spinning your wheels.
WAKE UP EARLIER
Wake up an hour or two earlier than you usually do to get more done. Use the rooster as your alarm clock. This is a great time to work effectively. Set a goal for your morning and stick with the task. Eliminate distractions, don’t check your phone or email until that task is complete.
Find the time frames in the day or week that you can fit in your work hours for homestead chores. What jobs need to be done to run your homestead? Why not have a schedule posted on the fridge so your family is aware of what needs to be done and how they can help?
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USE YOUR EVENINGS
Using your free evenings is key for finding extra work time. Evenings are often the hardest time of to be productive. Consider choosing a task that you can look forward too.
If you have scheduled breaks at your day job, then use this time to multitask and get stuff done. Maybe you schedule social media posts on your facebook or Instagram page or answer emails from customers. Or maybe you just read this ebook or other expert resources to keep you focused on your goal.
Honestly, once I started meal planning I felt like I had way more time to get stuff done. I’d wake up in the morning and know what we are having for dinner. Done and Done.
My tips for meal planning, use what you have in your cupboards and freezer, find cheap quick recipes, participate in a meal swap, do a months worth of freezer meals in a weekend. The ideas are endless. Save your time and energy for something else every day, and don’t go wasting your money on take out.
BOOK A BUSINESS TRIP AWAY
Why not stay in a hotel room with a contential breakfast using your loyalty points and pick up some take out and get to work? Book time away from home to really hammer out a big project. Having a few hours here and there are great during the week or weekends to get stuff done. But imagine what you could do if you had a business trip planned. You’d be organized, prepared and ready to take on the world.
There you have it, my 7 tips for managing your time better while running a family homestead. What works best for you? How do you find more time to get more done every day?
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