How I “Do it all”
My awesome readers all want to know-
How do you do it all?
The homesteading, housekeeping, preserving, projects, AND blogging…
Oh my, this is a bit of a hard one to answer, but since so many have been asking me recently, I feel compelled to give it my best shot.
So, I am going to attempt to show you how my days/weeks are structured, and share some of my strategies for running a household, homestead, and blog!
Organize, plan, and schedule.
Tuesday is focused on gardening and blogging. Wednesday I pick up our raw milk, and every other week I do a grocery run.
Thursday is all about baking and bulk cooking, Friday is cleaning day, Saturday is spent working outside, and Sunday is devoted to spending time with family, planning the upcoming week’s projects and menu, and doing more work outside.
During most of the year I use a seasonal menu plan, and I recycle the plans, so I am not constantly creating new ones.
Focus. Always focus.
I try to ALWAYS have a goal or reason for whatever I am doing. If I need some down time after the day’s chores are done and the kids are in bed, I will spin or knit while I watch some Netflix, or catch up on my social media for the blog.
That way, I am relaxing, but always moving forward with a purpose.
That being said, I feel like TOO MUCH multi-tasking us unhelpful. We have such a distracting modern world, and I think it is good to just focus on one or two things at a time. I try to avoid sticking my fingers in too many pies at one time, because it significantly decreases my productivity, even though it feels like I am getting lots done.
Get up early.
I know not everyone is a morning person. I get it, and I love to sleep in as much as anyone else, but I find that getting a decent early start to my mornings dramatically changes the amount of work I can accomplish, and how I feel each day.
After a few weeks of sleeping a bit extra in an effort to recover from a season of sleepless nights with the baby, I am reminded just how important this is.
For me, 6 am is the best time, but it does change with the seasons of nature, and the seasons of my life- read baby sleep issues!!
Find your perfect “early rising” time, and stick with it! 🙂
Keep everything as simple as possible.
This goes for pretty much everything in my life. I keep our meals hearty, healthy, but made with simple ingredients. (Eating locally will pretty much simplify this automatically!) Our schedule is simple, and deliberately excludes extra trips to town or the stringing out of projects and tasks. We have very little “stuff”, and that helps keep cleaning and laundry simple and easy to manage.
Prioritize, and be ok with NOT always being able to “do it all”.
Case in point: we unexpectedly went out of town this past weekend, and when Monday rolled around, I had no post prepared for the blog. Oops.
I am not superwoman, and there are certainly times when things don’t get done! This mostly happens with our homesteading projects, and I have had to learn to be ok with it. Very hard for my organized and planned instincts.
This is particularly the case because my husband works LONG LONG hours, so I am running the house, the blog, AND the homestead by myself most of the week. (He is totally awesome about helping with everything when he is home, but it just doesn’t happen much during the week.)
This definitely results in some frustration on my part, but also some ingenuity and perseverance I probably wouldn’t have employed otherwise.
The other week, I needed to get a HUGE felled poplar tree out of our back yard. It was so big that it would have taken two of me to wrap my arms around it, much less pick up any of the logs. After much grunting and some not-so-nice words, I finally decided to just roll the darn things all the way over to the wood lot!
That particular project did get done, but there are many others that are still on our list that are waiting semi-patiently for us to get around to!
My biggest struggle in “doing it all” is the social aspect.
Playdates and time spent with my friends are definitely the first items to get ditched when I have lots on my plate- which seems like it is a constant state here in the last couple months. I definitely need to work on fitting a bit more social time for myself and my kids!
So, to summarize, the best ways I have found for “getting it all done” are:
- Organize, plan, and schedule
- Get up early
- Prioritize, and be ok with NOT getting it all done
I certainly don’t have it all perfected, but these are the strategies that really work for our family, and hopefully they can be helpful to you as well!
What are your strategies for “getting it all done”, and what areas do you struggle with the most?