Writing things down not only makes them more “real” but if you keep a binder, it will also keep you accountable. I write down projects that need to get done, I plan meals, I put things on a calendar. Once you write it down, you don’t forget….. It doesn’t slip your mind….. It helps you keep track and actually DO the things you need or want to get done, on time, and with less headache!
For example, meal planning….. I write down what we are going to have on my calendar, I commit. I know, commitment is a scary thing, but necessary. Once I know what I will be making the next couple of weeks, I can make my shopping list and be off. I write each weeks menu on a blackboard in the kitchen so not only can my family see what they are having (and complaining about) in advance, but I know where I am going. Do I need to get bread rising for that night's meal, what meat needs to come out of the freezer….. It makes life calmer when I know where I am going.
Another example is our garden. I know when my last freeze date is (and yes it is marked on the calendar) so I know when I need to get my seeds started indoors. If you don’t get those plants started indoors, well you are already behind when the weather turns nice. Your garden ripens later and you miss out on lots of yummy goodness you could be canning! I belong to the Seeds of the Month Club, so I don’t even have to worry about going out or ordering seeds…. They just show up every month and I add them to my stash for spring. But if I don’t know when to start them indoors…. Well you get the picture…..
But what about other projects around the house? Having a notebook to jot down ideas, material lists, costs and the like, make the projects much more obtainable. I know what I need, I can plan (yes on my calendar) when I want to complete it, and I can save the funds to be ready to pull it off. For example, this is my “TO DO” list for this summer:
- Replace playroom window
- Create a play area outside for the youngest country kid
- Redo the roof on the shed (aka our coop)
- Paint (hallways, living room, and dining room)
- Put a new sub floor in the bathroom
- Fix the roof and floor in the oldest country kids “Man Cave” aka the fort
- Fix the screen door
- Expand the garden
WOW!!! Yeah, that is a list!!! But I wrote it down, I made it real. I figured out what I need to complete each job. I am saving funds to get them done. I have them marked on my calendar so I know WHEN I need to do them to stay on track in getting it all done this spring and summer.
Life can be overwhelming…… Things come up…. But if you commit to being a little more organized, you really can accomplish more, yourself. Okay I might hire someone to fix the concrete front steps but I am sure if I put my mind to it I could figure out how to build a form and pour the cement…. But I think my list is long enough…… I need to leave some time to enjoy the summer….. Let me go pencil that in on my calendar!! LOL
**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**