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Does anyone else have trouble setting aside time to work on their homesteading projects? I am eager to be self sufficient but I seem to be letting work get in the way (I work from home). Any suggestions on how to improve my discipline?
 
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I find that I have to set "appointments" for myself. I am really good at getting places when someone else is depending on me but not so good at putting aside time for myself. So if I mark on my calender that I have an appointment on tuesday at 10 am to spend 2 hours doing XY or Z I am sure to spend that time on my stuff.
 
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Yes that is a great idea! I do schedule myself for appointments and am even 10 mins early sometimes but I don't figure out my schedule of what things I want to get done in the garden each week and put them on the calendar with my work stuff. Thanks!
 
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i keep a spiral bound notebook handy ..very handy...and I list pages of things that need to be done. I put some pages with things that will only take 5 min or less..20 min or less..etc..so if i have 5 min i can go to the 5 min page and pick a project and get er done..20 min..etc.

plan to at least cross one or two items off of a list a day..
 
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Great idea Brenda!
 
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Another trick is to make one list of things that can only be done in good weather,and another list of things that can be done in poor weather. I know how easy it can be in crappy weather to just pour another cup of coffee, and before you know it, the day is over and nothing has been accomplished.

If you have a complete list of things to do in such weather, it is amazing how much you can get done then. Many of the chores are things you normally wouldn't do on a nice day, but once they get done, they can make overall life on the farm much better/easier.

 
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I'm loving these ideas!
 
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I basically do time blocking. I assign different types of tasks to different times of the day. For example, between breakfast and lunch is "tend the animals and do routine garden maintenance" time, when I do things like feed the chickens, weed, clean stuff, trellis tomato plants, water potted plants, or take the dog for a walk. When things slow down in the garden and the weather gets bad I also use this time to build stuff or repair things for the 'stead in my garage, clean up and sharpen tools, propagate woody plants by hardwood cuttings, study up on stuff that has to do with homesteading, or write up garden plans and ideas for next year. It helps that I live in a place with mild winters, and there are things to do in the garden year-round. After lunch I dedicate an hour or two to working on special projects or bigger tasks around the homestead, including crafts like making soap, and then I have the rest of the day to allot time to do other stuff.
 
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Yes I need to do this too. Choose a period of each day that I put everything down and get out there. Perhaps in the morning before I even start looking at emails since that seems to be where I get sucked in. I don't have a large enough property to need all morning. Well actually I shouldn't say that, what I really mean is that we are probably moving some time this summer so there is only but so much I should really do, ie probably not the best time to start new beds! Not to worry though. Still plenty to do!
 
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Definitely wait until after you've got the work you want to get done before you use the computer. I've gotten sucked into email and surfing the web just to realize that hours had gone by and I didn't get any work done too many times myself, and I've finally just made the rule that I don't get to sit down at the computer until my chores are done! Sometimes that means emails go unanswered for days at a time and I decided I shouldn't be on any social networking sites like Facebook, which to me isn't nearly as bad as chores going undone. I think it comes down to your personal priorities, doing the highest priority tasks before lower priority ones, and cutting out some stuff that is really a waste of time.
 
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Very true! Since it's for work I can't let them go unanswered for days at a time but certainly they can wait another hour...
 
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