2022 is here.
The days are already starting to get longer. (Well, for our Northern Hemisphere folks at least!) It’s a time for a reset, healthy habits, all that stuff – even if it’s just for a few weeks!
We found a great list of the Top 8 New Year’s Resolutions for farmers compiled by Julie Tomascik for Texas Table Top.
How many of these are you going to try for?
8. Put the tools back
It’s easy to leave them in the truck bed, on the shop floor and everywhere in between. But this year, they will be put back where they belong. At least for the first week or two.
7. Get Organized
Just like other businessmen and women, farmers and ranchers could use a little office clean up. Organize the apps on the phone’s home screen. And catch up on filing. A farm is a business, and it gets treated that way. Sometimes, the office just needs a little help.
6. Try to Not Complain About the Weather
Too much rain or not enough. It seems like it’s never the right amount. [Editor’s Note – thankfully many hydroponic growers don’t need to worry about this one in the first place!]
5. Clean the Farm Pickup a Little More Often
You’ve seen ‘em. They’re dusty and dirty, and that’s putting it nicely. A quick wash and stacking the papers neatly on the dash will go a long way!
4. Learn From Past Mistakes
We all need to take time to make a plan for our future. Same for farmers. And history loves to repeat itself. So, resolving to evaluate decisions for the growing season and the year can help farmers learn from their mistakes and embrace the successes.
3. Set Aside Down Time and Spend More Time with Family!
Farmers and ranchers work sun up to sun down. Plus some. It can be physically and mentally draining. That’s why they need to find time for a little relaxation. Although, Mother Nature often dictates if, and when, that time off will be.
2. Don’t Work in Good Clothes
Grease stains sure are tough to get out. And although it may be a popular fashion statement, ripping a hole in a new pair of jeans is still frowned upon. Resolve to snag fewer nice shirts on a barbed-wire fence. And try to change out of the good boots before chasing the livestock that are out.
1. Connect with Others
Farmers and ranchers all over Texas and the nation are pulling up a seat to the table. There are listening to questions and sharing stories of their farm life.