Starting a homestead is an exciting adventure. Take the easier route, with our homesteading for beginners step by step tips for success! You’ll be surprised just how much easier it is to start and be successful with these 5 secrets for a happier homestead!
Wether you are starting to homestead this year, or have been homesteading for years these five tips are really going to help you have a happier year!
I'm sharing my secrets with you for leading a happier homesteading life. I know, first hand, raising a family and getting started leading a simplier homesteading life is hardwork. It isn't always easy, knowing your next step and getting everything done can cause anxiety that others just don't understand.
But it doesn't have to be the way! Thanks to my background in elementary education, I know how to organize and manage my time. I've used those planning skills to help ground me and stay connected with your homesteading purpose.
We all homestead for different reasons, let me help you align that why with intention, plan, goals and tasks that calm the chaos.
After using this free workbook, you're bound to start looking at planning your homesteading goals, tasks with excitement, joy and a breath of fresh air.
May this planner bring you much joy and happiness to your homestead. Reach out and share your successes on social 🙂
HOMESTEADING FOR BEGINNERS
STEP BY STEP TIP #1
The first secret to having a happier, more productive homestead is to align your values with everything that you do. You’ve decided to homestead, and while that’s very exciting, it’s beyond easy to get wrapped up in doing everything!
What’s really important to you? Is it raising your own grass fed organic meat? Or are you more interested in growing your own garden to supply your family with fresh organic produce for the year?
Maybe what’s important to you to plant fruit and nut trees so that one day you’ll be able to harvest fresh fruit and nuts without the need of gardening in the summer.
There are so many skills to learn and projects to do. The opportunities for homesteading are endless- even if you don’t have property or a backyard. Homesteading is a journey. Start with what is most important to you.
I suggest writing down all of the things you’d like to accomplish, what’s important to you and your partner and create a vision for the year.
Choosing projects and priorities is the second secret to effective goal setting and time management for beginner homesteaders. Once you’ve written down everything from tip one, it’s time to start organizing those ideas and choosing what makes most sense as a first step.
I highly suggest you consider breaking this down by season for a more efficient year away. Let’s say that what’s most important to you is growing your own organic produce for your family.
In the Winter you’d plan your garden with a garden planner and choose the what and where.
In the Spring you’d start building your garden plot and early crops such as peas and lettuces.
In the Summer you’d care for your garden, plant some fall crops and start harvesting your produce.
In the Fall it would be time to start preserving, canning and eating that fresh organic produce.
Come the Winter it would be a great time to really reflect on that annual project, decide what worked, what you’d do differently the next year and start again come the new year.
TIP #3: TIME MANAGEMENT
My third tip for you is to make the time to prioritize those projects in your life!
Deciding to make a plan is the first step to organizing all the chaos of to do’s and one days into an annual plan you can achieve and be proud of.
Let’s go back to the gardening project. Take those seasonal activities and start breaking them down into smaller projects to complete. Schedule them in and prioritize them!
So in the Winter small tasks would be going through seed catalogs, ordering seeds, journaling in a garden planner.
In the Spring, some smaller tasks to complete would be shopping for supplies for raised beds, or tilling a plot in your backyard. Learning how to plant the crops you’re hoping to grow like Zucchini.
In the Summer, some smaller tasks are weeding, watering and succession planting.
In the Fall, it’s making a batch or zucchini muffins with your fresh grated zucchini and freezing the rest for more baking during the year.
It’s so easy to forget that homesteading is a lifestyle choice and a journey. That means there’s no gold stars, levels or winning at the game of homesteading.
These tasks become routines and soon one day you’ll be laughing!
My fourth tip for you is my lucky number 4. That means, when planning your homesteading projects, happy homesteaders choose a project per season ( 4 seasons 😉 that aligns with their annual projects.
For example, one big annual project for the year might be raising chickens for a profit.
In the winter you might order fertilized heritage bred chicken eggs to incubate, a set of meat bird chicks or a new batch of laying hens. It might also look like building a new coop or fixing any problems with your current chicken coop.
In the spring, it’s time to incubate chicks to sell as day olds or raise and in the summer and fall you’d sell chicks, meat birds and eggs.
This also applies to long term plans. Choose projects that you can complete within the seasonal time frame to make life on your homestead easier the following season. What will you do each season to move you towards your homesteading goal? What needs to be done that can't be done any other time of the year?
The real secret to homesteading happiness for all homesteaders, beginners and experienced is to learn how to shift your mindset to enjoy the journey.
What does that mean? By putting a plan in place that makes room for gratitude and celebration, you’re taking the first step to plan for a happier year.
Use our goal planner above to sit down and plan your projects! I like to think of this as a possibility party!
A possibility party might like a weekend away with a pen and paper or a week of dinner conversations with your kids about the year.
How will you find the time to do all your seasonal plans, projects and fit in time for your priorities like family time and holidays?
Planning is simply planting the seeds for a successful year. Just like you’d start your seeds for your garden, you need to take the time to effectively plan.
IT ALL STARTS WITH A PLAN
I may have mentioned a plan in this post. I want you to be successful, that’s why I made you a workbook that goes with this post.
Go ahead and download the workbook below and take the action to putting it into place.