“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
What Time do You Start Your Day?
I hear from a lot of homemakers and homesteaders that often wonder how I do all that I do during the day. In addition to what I post on a daily basis here I have other things going on. I homeschool so much of my morning is taken up with schoolwork. I also have a toddler whose main mission during the day is to see houw fast she can totally destroy a room, which leaves me with constant picking up and putting away. I am also a freelance writer and an artist. There are meals to be prepared, livestock to feed and clean up after, horses to groom, and general things here and there that always need to be done. My days are full. However, I would not possibly be able to get all that I do in a day if I slept later than I do. I awaken at 5 am every morning. From 5 until 7, I read my Bible, read the news, respond to emails, write blog posts and anything else that needs to be written ,and start a load of laundry. My day formally ends at 8pm when the children go to bed and I can sit and relax with my husband for a couple of hours before heading to bed. Homesteaders that don't get out of bed until 8 or 9 are not going to get everything done in a day that they want to, especially if they are just beginning their homestead journey and establishing that homestead. I have never known a farmer, and I have know quite a few in my life, that does not begin their day before daylight or close to it. My grandfather was up before daylight every morning. My Dad milked cows and fed chickens by the light of the lantern because the family farm did not yet have electricity. He did all of that before school. Homesteading is a career that begins early in the morning. So those that are sleeping until 8 or 9 and not getting really started on their day until even later than that are missing out on valuable time and cutting themselves short. So if you are wondering why you can't get what you want to get done in a day then maybe you need to reasses your time schedule.