Dustin Rhodes wrote:So I just bought my new homestead, and here's how it's working so far(I also have a full time day job, a 10-month old baby, and serve at my church, so my time is somewhat limited.)
15 minutes a day in evening before sun goes down for weeding, trimming, planting, moving things, watering - whatever needs to be done that day.
.5 to 1 hour inside for renovating house(bought a fixer-upper)
3-4 hours each day, either before or after lunch for bigger projects both inside and out.
Once the majority of the house is finished and it's summer time, I hope to downgrade to an hour a day laboring/experimenting in the garden/food forest/livestock.
Then maybe an extra hour a week(average) preserving food(fermenting, canning, smoking, dehydrating, etc.) and cooking/baking...and maybe 2-3 hours a month foraging/fishing/hunting.
A few caveats for our place, but I'll share our experience - we don't provide 70% of our own food - not even close. However, we do eat a lot that we have produced, and trade some of our produce and eggs for other things.
the difference between "effortless flow" and monotony is enjoyment.
It is a lifestyle after all, and now for me, the days flow effortlessly. It's truly a Zen thing going on.