The second most essential element to having a successful homestead is effective strategic planning. So many times we seem to plan tactically, based on the short-term, or the emotions of the moment. Those types of decisions are certainly part of this human life. But long-term, focused strategic planning can be the difference between realizing goals and always wondering why things never “seem to work out”. One way to tell the difference is that strategy is a bigger picture, what you want to accomplish over a longer period of time. Tactics are the short-term, immediate actions of how something is done.
Are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person? Do you have trouble planning your week or your future? Do you thrive on chaos and last minute deadlines? If so, I would recommend reconsidering your homestead dream.
Continual (read: never ending) planning, reassessing and readjusting are necessary for any homestead to work well. Just as we have a preparation day each week to make Sabbath a success, homesteaders must plan and prepare to make their homestead life a success. Many of the considerations we will discuss this month will center on effective planning. It cannot be overstated or underutilized.