While much of the United States is just starting to thaw out from a cold winter here in Florida we are already enjoying a full blown spring. (Allergy season included) With the start of spring comes my favorite part of homesteading, the planning! I love the anticipation of a great harvest and putting in those early days of hard work to get us there. If you’re looking to start out in homesteading or even just makes new plans for your homestead, here are 3 things to remember to help you on your homesteading journey.
1. Create Your List
Nothing ever gets done on a homestead without someone first intending to do it. Sit down, create your homesteading list of hopes, dreams, desires and goals for this new season and then mark which ones you’ll actually be able to get done. I typically plan about 5 goals for each quarter of the year that I know will get done at that time and then go from there. Some goals are seasonal like “grow a garden” while others can be accomplished at any time. Find out what your goals are and plan accordingly.
2. Consult Your Budget
Every homesteader knows that homesteading gets expensive. Make sure you can afford your new homesteading projects by setting up your budget before you even get to work. You can have all the best laid plans in the world but if you don’t have the budget to back it up you won’t get too far.
3. Make A Schedule
I love a good to-do list but without a working schedule of what get’s done, when it’s as useless as not having a budget. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve set out with the best intetions of getting things done but I didn’t create a working schedule to accomplish these tasks so I finished a few and quit. Don’t be like me. Set up a schedule for how and when things will be done. Trust me. You’ll be thankful for it when you’re in the middle of a big project or when the defeated “what’s next” feeling hits you.
Homesteading comes with many great things as well as many projects! I love the projects and the satisfaction of finishing something after a hard day of work but I know that many people, even homesteaders, don’t get that same satisfied feeling. Create your goals, your budget and your schedule will keep you on track for the long haul! Good Luck!
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