Ebbs and Flows In Homesteading: Navigating the Journey


On Today’s Podcast Episode, Harold and Rachel Discuss Avoiding Burnout While Homesteading By Being Aware Of The Ebbs and Flows, Ups and Downs, Hectic Times and Peacefulness of Homesteading and Navigating That Journey With Balance.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 245 – June 23, 2024

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Excitement: you want to do it all!

Overwhelm: what did I do?

I want to quit!

You pull back and you miss it…

Learn and Adapt

  • Start slow and don’t jump without research and talking to a few people. 
  • Continuous Learning: Stay informed about new techniques, tools, and methods that can improve efficiency.
  • Adaptation: Be flexible and adapt your plans based on weather conditions, unexpected events, and changing needs.

Prioritize Tasks

  • Urgent vs. Important: Focus on tasks that are both urgent and important. Use a priority matrix to categorize tasks.
  • Time-Sensitive Tasks: Prioritize time-sensitive tasks like planting and harvesting.

Practice Sustainable Farming

  • Permaculture zones are there for a reason, use them.

Organize and Declutter

  • Lean farming methods-  work smarter not harder. Example: garden tool shed in the garden.

Time Management

  • Using the time margins you have. You can homestead with 15 min here, 20 minutes there. Example: Freezing that bowl of berries daily rather than  waiting for a huge batch. Weeding one bed at a time instead of the whole garden. Checking one animals health a day on rotation. 
  • Take advantage of slow times like winter or early summer when nothing is ready yet. This is a great time to tidy up, make lists, order inventory, look for ways to improve your time management or …

Use Technology and Tools

  • Automation: Use automated systems for irrigation, feeding, and other repetitive tasks.
  • Efficient Tools: Invest in high-quality tools and machinery to save time and effort.

Delegate and Share Responsibilities

  • Family and Community: Involve family members and consider bartering or sharing responsibilities with neighbors or local community members.
  • Hire Help: When possible, hire seasonal workers or part-time help for labor-intensive periods.
  • If you are the only enthusiastic one, don’t expect help. Realize you need to make this something you can do alone. For me being a short small female, tools appropriate for me. Animals small enough I can handle. Etc…

Community Involvement

  • Cooperative Efforts: Join or form cooperatives for shared resources and labor.
  • Skill Sharing: Participate in skill-sharing workshops and events to learn from others and share your knowledge.




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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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  • Rachel Jamison

    An aspiring permaculturist and urban homesteader who loves to teach and inspire others to grow where they are planted.

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