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The 2013 Goal List Is Up On The Fridge!

The "2013 To Do List" Is up on the fridge!

The “2013 To Do List” Is up on the fridge!

It’s hard to believe – but tomorrow will mark the final day of 2012.  With the big ball in Times Square about to drop  – it’s also  time for Mary and I to put up the 2013 farm “To Do” list on the refrigerator.  ( You can view list at the bottom of the post)

We follow the same process each year.  We create our own list of goals for what we feel is important for growing the farm.  Once  complete – we attach a number to the importance of each goal.  This year, we decided to pick 24 goals – 2 to accomplish each month. Then, we sit down and read them aloud to each other.  It’s always amazing to see how similar our goals are – and how close we were to ranking the importance of them.  We always write down a few goals the other didn’t – and so we work together to come up with the best 24 – and a plan to accomplish them.

Then comes the most important part of all – we put the finished list up on the refrigerator.  You see, for us – looking at those goals each and every day, in fact several times a day, serves as motivation and inspiration to attain the ultimate goal of a completely self-sufficient farm.

"Flying The Coop"  2013 will bring a new and bigger coop to the girls and the farm.

“Flying The Coop”
2013 will bring a new and bigger coop to the girls and the farm.

Some might question the need to develop a list– but we think it’s a great way to be honest with yourself about what really needs to be completed, and what can wait for another day.  It is amazing how seeing your goals in bold print keeps your eyes and efforts focused on what needs to be done.   It’s even been great for the kids to see.  Yes, like any other teenagers would do, they poke a little fun at us when it goes up on the fridge.  But as the year progresses, they see our goals getting crossed off – and more importantly, the results of the planning and work that went into them.

Of the 24 goals this year – the big ones are the building of the new coop, the recycled greenhouse and the sensory garden – but I am really anxious to get our very own honeybee hive as well as our first batch of wine started!

Whatever your goals for 2013 – Mary and I both wish everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year – and we thank each and every one of you who follow along with us on the blog as we continue working on the dream that is Old World Garden Farms.


- Jim and Mary  

 Shares on Gnowfglins, Shabby Creek Cottage

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13 Comments on The 2013 Goal List Is Up On The Fridge!

  1. Great idea. Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by againsoon. I posted the new giveaway today! xo

  2. craftygardenmama // January 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm // Reply

    I love the idea of printing it out and keeping it in the open. We need to do some fencing too. Best of luck with the goals in 2013!

  3. I think it’s great that you list your goals separately and together. Very neat idea, we usually just sit together and try to brainstorm. You have a great list, should keep you pretty busy. :)

  4. I love your goals and amen for them! We share some of the same goals in fact :-) I recommend a tractor style coop to a stationary coop and since you are upping your chickens to 20 this year a broody coop (separate safe space for mamma hen or chicks) The catawab converta coop is my best recommendation and I am betting you can figure out its simple design just by looking through there site but they sell the design at a very very reasonable price.

    I also recommend a top bar style beehive and you can purchase these or find free instructions for them online. The allow the bees to thrive and to construct a natural sized and shaped comb like in the wild.

    Just a few thoughts and my kudos to you!

    Have a prosperous new year!!

  5. I love this idea! What a great strategy for setting common goals and also for keeping them in front of you in such a visually-appealing and motivating way.

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