Habits, Goals, Time Management, and Building Skills

On This Episode of The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Discuss Setting and Accomplishing Goals By Developing Habits, Managing Time, and Building New Skills.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 177 – December 26, 2022

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Harnessing the Power of Habits and Goals for Effective Homesteading: A Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to our podcast episode where we delve into the pivotal roles of habits, goals, time management, and skill-building in the realm of modern homesteading. As the New Year approaches, it’s the ideal time for reflection and setting new objectives, especially in the context of homesteading.

The Essence of Habit Formation and Goal Setting

Understanding Habit Formation

Exploring the concept of habit formation is crucial. According to James Clear’s “Atomic Habits,” it takes approximately 66 days to establish a new habit. This understanding can be instrumental in setting realistic expectations and timelines for habit formation.

Setting Goals: A Strategic Approach

Goals can be categorized into various areas such as spiritual, health, financial, career, learning, family, and social. Integrating homesteading into these categories can provide a holistic approach to goal setting.

Why Set Goals?

Goals give direction and purpose, acting as a compass to guide your actions and decisions. They provide a clear path toward desired outcomes and personal growth.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: A Homesteading Perspective

1. Be Proactive

Proactivity in homesteading means anticipating challenges and taking preemptive actions, rather than reacting to circumstances.

2. Begin with the End in Mind

Having a clear vision and end goal in mind ensures focused efforts and effective resource utilization in your homesteading journey.

3. Put First Things First

Prioritizing tasks based on importance ensures that critical aspects of homesteading are addressed timely.

4. Think Win-Win

Adopting a win-win approach in interactions with community members, suppliers, and fellow homesteaders fosters positive relationships and mutual growth.

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Effective communication and understanding others’ perspectives are key in building a supportive homesteading community.

6. Synergize

Collaborating with others can lead to innovative solutions and shared success in homesteading endeavors.

7. Sharpen the Saw

Continuously learning and improving skills is essential for growth and sustainability in homesteading.

Time Management: Maximizing Efficiency in Homesteading

Effective time management strategies, such as using calendars, prioritizing tasks, and saying “no” when necessary, can significantly enhance productivity in homesteading activities.

Building Skills for Homesteading

Setting a goal to learn new skills each month can lead to substantial progress over a year. Whether it’s gardening, animal care, or sustainability practices, consistently dedicating time to skill development is key.


Embracing the power of habits and goals can transform your homesteading experience. By incorporating these strategies and continuously seeking growth and learning opportunities, you can create a thriving and fulfilling homesteading life. Remember, as we say, “happy homesteading and God bless, and grow where you’re planted.”

Outline and Links For This Episode:

  • Forming and Breaking Habits
    • 66 Days To Form A New Habit
    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are:
  • Setting Goals
    • My Goals Are Divided Into A Few Categories: Spiritual, Health, Financial, Career, Learning, Family, and Social.
    • Why You Should Set Goals
    • Write It Down
    • Set yourself up to win.
  • Time Management
    • Use A Calendar Planner (Physical or Digital)
    • Prioritize Your Daily Tasks The Night Before
    • If It Doesn’t Excite You To Say Yes, Then You Should Consider Saying No!-
    • If It’s Important To You, You’ll Find The Time; If It’s Not, You’ll Find An Excuse.
    • Planning well ahead
  • Building Skills
    • Why Make A Plan To Learn New Skills
    • Pick 12 Skills and Learn One A Month



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

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