Winter is the perfect time to amp up your productivity. Go from busy to productive and fuel up for a successful year ahead. By increasing your productivity, you can organize your life in a way that brings you joy, increased income and less stress.
Check out these winter homestead projects and challenge yourself to be more productive this year. You'll be glad you did.
Honestly, when we had two kids in two years and tried to run our homestead I thought it would be easy. I was off work, I could get more done and make an income from home.
NOT! it wasn't until I really sat down and made a plan that I started to feel like I was getting stuff done, and felt joy in the day to day again. If you're feeling overwhelmed then go ahead and try some of these challenges. These little things make a big difference in starting the year off fresh.
Things to Do in Winter on the Homestead, Projects & Chores
As the snow falls here in the middle of February, I dream about the spring and excitement of new life here on our homestead.
December to February can be a dark and depressing time with the post holiday blues and cold weather. But it's the prime time to refuel and prepare for a busy spring and successful year ahead.
Being productive is all about managing your time wisely and setting goals and systems for every aspect of your life, from family, career, health, home and homestead. Then in the midst of it staying organized and motivated!
MAKE A PLAN
WRITE DOWN A LIST OF PROJECTS
START DRAFTING PLANS FOR FAMILY VACATIONS
WRITE DOWN EXPECTED BUSY TIMES
WRITE DOWN HOMESTEAD GOALS
DISCUSS WITH PARTNER
MAKE GOALS TOGETHER
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TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS
USE YOUR EVENINGS TO GET SMALL PROJECTS DONE
DON'T WASTE DAYLIGHT
GET OUTSIDE AND DO A BIT AT A TIME
IF IT ONLY TAKES TWO MINUTES, DO IT NOW!
SET A REGULAR TIME FOR SOCIAL MEDIA THEN FORGET ABOUT IT
WRITE A QUICK TO DO LIST
GET ENOUGH SLEEP AND WATER SO YOUR BRAIN IS PRODUCTIVE
SET THE TIMER FOR 30 MINUTES AND GO AT IT
DO 1 LOAD OF LAUNDRY EVERYDAY (WASH, DRY, FOLD,AWAY)
WRITE DOWN A LIST OF THINGS YOU CAN DO WHEN YOUR BORED
START A MORNING AND EVENING TIDY UP ROUTINE
USE THE LAUNDRY BASKET TIDY UP TRICK
START A WEEKLY AND MONTHLY CLEANING ROUTINE
WAKE UP AT 5AM FOR A POWER HOUR
CHUNK PROJECT TASKS
WHEN YOU HAVE NO DISTRACTIONS WORK ON PROJECT CHUNKS
WRITE OUT DAILY TO DOS AND POST ON YOUR FRIDGE
SET REMINDERS ON YOUR PHONE
WINTER HOMESTEAD BUSINESS TASKS
ORGANIZE RECIEPTS FOR TAXES
FIND A GOOD ACCOUNTANT FOR TAX TIME
WINTER HOMESTEADING PROJECTS
TAP MAPLE TREES FOR SAP
BUILD NEW STRUCTURES LIKE RAISED BEDS
BUILD BEE HIVES
BUILD BIRD HOUSES
HOMESTEAD PANTRY & KITCHEN
ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY
MAKE A MEAL PLAN FOR YOUR PANTRY STOCKPILE
FINISH CANNING ANY SUMMER BERRIES OR FRUIT THAT WERE FROZEN AT THE PEAK OF THE SEASON
WINTER GARDENING CHORES
ORDER SEED CATALOGS
ORGANIZE SEED STASH
VISIT A SEED EXCHANGE
MAKE SEED TAPE
CLEAN UP FIELDS OF DEBREE
FIX DAMAGED BUILDINGS AND FENCES
WEAN CALVES IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY
PLAN FOR THE ULTIMATE YEAR
There's always so much to do around the homestead, it can be exciting but daunting. I find writing things down as you go super helpful to being productive.
What are some of the things that you do on your homestead this time of year that you find helps make the busy season more productive?
Get set up for the year by organizing your business paperwork, taxes, business expense category forms, farm vehicle expense log, mileage log and job priority list.
ORGANIZE FARM PAPERWORK
RESEARCH TAX REBATE OPPORTUNITIES
PRIORITIZE JOB LIST
SHARE YOUR GOALS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
JOIN FACEBOOK GROUPS TO SUPPORT YOUR GOALS
REFLECT ON WHAT WENT WELL LAST YEAR
CUT OUT THINGS THAT SUCK YOUR ENERGY
EVEN MORE PRODUCTIVITY TIPS
Anyway, as I have gotten older and as I juggle more and more (husband! house! dog! kids! activities!), I am looking for ways to be as efficient as I possibly can be.
As I've gotten older, and my dreams get bigger for our family and our homestead I find I'm always juggling more than I can handle. I'm always trying to find ways to be more efficient and enjoy life more.
Thankfully I found something to help, something created by people who understand that I’m looking for practical productivity solutions. Solutions that will work in my chaotic world with two toddlers, cows, chickens, a husband, the garden and the orchard. Cause I wouldn't change any of it, I was need it to be easier.
Are you looking for something like this too?
If so, it’s called The Ultimate Productivity Bundle and it was created and curated by people with real life responsibilities just like you: they also have families, work part to full-time jobs or run businesses, don’t have personal assistants or the budget for hiring lots of extra help.
We all want to help you conquer your to-do list, free up more time for yourself, and reach your goals.