In the past 2 years, our homestead has downsized from 40 acres to 6 acres. This downsize allowed us to be more efficient and debt free, but we have much less space to work with. Planning and goal setting are a bit more interesting now than they were because we are trying to utilize every inch of our property to its full potential since we don’t have the excess land that we had before and we have more people to feed.
Our family dynamics have also changed in the past two years. In addition to the move, we added a new baby and two new work-at-home jobs for me. Planning is a bit more interesting now than it was because we are trying to utilize every inch of our property to its full potential since we don’t have the excess land that we had before and we have more people to feed.
The goal setting process that we use includes a monthly breakdown as well as a category breakdown. The categories that we use are: Home, Farm, Finances, Family, Faith, and School. We brainstorm goals that we want to reach in each of those categories and we jot them down under an estimated completion month.
Realistic & Attainable Goal Setting for the Home, Farm, School, and More
Here are the goals that we have set this year for our farm, home, finances, family, faith, and school…
At the time of publishing this post (December 2017) our little farm has a small dairy goat herd, meat rabbits, honeybees, a bred heifer, a few horses, the beginnings of a Back to Eden garden, and a stocked pond. There are some changes that we want to make to focus our efforts and become more productive.
- Add 2-3 more bred cows + a steer to our cattle herd.
- Sell the remainder of our goat herd. Use the money toward cattle.
- Finish Prepping the Back to Eden Garden with wood chips and compost.
- Purchase a show pig for our oldest child.
- Focus on growing tomatoes for canning.
- Add at least 2 beehives to our apiary.
- Grow out the rabbits for processing.
- Sell digital products on Etsy & physical products at local markets.
- Extract Honey from our apiary’s hives and sell it to local families and businesses.
We have made huge strides in our household functionality over the past two years, but I still have a little way to go before our home is where I want it to be.
- Stockpile our pantry with staples that we use frequently and canned produce.
- Can more produce (especially tomatoes) for next year.
- Minimize and Declutter each room in our house.
- Reevaluate the functionality of each room in our home.
- Replace wasteful household products with eco-friendly options and reduce our paper waste.
We are a one-income family while I stay home and homeschool the children. This blog brings in a little supplemental income, but not anything significant so we have to budget and plan our finances in order to stay on track.
- Complete at least two “no spend” months and save as much as possible.
- Become debt free except for our mortgage. Take on a part-time job to expedite this process. Short-term sacrifice = long-term financial security.
- Build a larger emergency fund.
- Start a vacation fund for yearly vacations.
- Expand our home businesses and increase our household income.
- Start using our cash-envelope system again.
- Get back to using multiple rebate apps when shopping.
Our family has three young children and a very busy schedule so making goals for family time and reaching milestones is pretty important to us.
- Wean the baby and get her sleeping through the night.
- Get out of the house more often and build friendships.
- Move the toddler to her own bed at night.
- Camp and Trail Ride as a family on a regular basis.
- Meal Plan to save time and eat healthier.
Our faith is the most important thing to our family, but if we aren’t careful it can be pushed to the back burner as we busy ourselves with daily life so we set goals for this area as well.
- Become consistent with morning devotionals & bedtime prayers by myself and with the children.
- Read Scripture daily as a couple (I am almost ashamed to say that we have let life get in the way of this) and pray together more.
- Share my faith boldly with people that I interact with daily.
- Practice grace, forgiveness, and patience with my children in the way that God gives these things to His children, myself included.
We are very relaxed homeschoolers, but we still need some written goals & guidelines to keep us from losing track of where we want to be.
- Switch to computer based curricula for most subjects during he Spring semester with my 9 year old son.
- Start a loose preschool schedule with my 3 year old daughter.
- Teach colors, body parts, animal sounds, and other basic information to my 1 year old daughter.
- Set up a Montessori and STEM inspired classroom that works well for all of my kiddos from age 1-9.
- Try out The Good & The Beautiful for a couple of subjects.
I created a free set of goal setting worksheets to help you attain effective growth in food, freedom, and profit in your home, school, and farm.
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Using my Goal Setting Worksheets
Goals don’t mean a whole lot if they aren’t realistic, attainable, and actionable. You need to use specific numbers and dates so that you can effectively reach the goals that you set out to accomplish. This is where my goal setting worksheets come in to play. You can write each of your goals down on the category sheet and then make those same goals actionable on the monthly calendar sheets!
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