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The Little Things Matter

By   /  March 4, 2019  /  Comments Off on The Little Things Matter

Little things add up to big things that cost time and money. Here’s how to stop them while they’re small.

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This winter I fed 60 rolls of hay one at a time using just the front end loader of the tractor. I had a spear for the back of the tractor setting there. I am perfectly capable of hooking it up in about 5 minutes, but for whatever reason or excuse I had, every time I fed hay I was too busy to put it on. That means I made 60 trips across the field instead of thirty. That means I spent an extra five minutes every two bales because I “didn’t have time to hook up my rear spear.”

Now, the moral of this story is not that you need to cut out feeding hay…that is another discussion all together(hay is a tool just like polywire or mineral)…..The moral is that because I neglected that small thing, it cost me in several different ways. Time, fuel, impact to pastures….all this could have been reduced because I did not do this five minute task.

We all have these small things every day that have a big impact in the long run. They cost us time, energy, and effort. “It’s not the mountain that wears you down….it’s the pebble in your shoe.” There are a few easy things we can do to help overcome these small obstacles.

Spend Time Planning – A lot of time five minutes of planning could save you hours of work. Pay attention to what you can do to make your operation more efficient.

Prioritize Tasks – I am like a squirrel in the road sometimes…I can’t decide which way to go so I get run over. Prioritize a to do list and stick to it. Think both long and short term. Try to stay ahead of problems.

Follow the Two Minute Rule – Planning is good, but pointless without action. If a task can be done in two minutes or less, do it. It will be done, over with, and you can move on with life.

Cut Excuses – We all have things we like doing on the farm , and things we hate. Don’t make the enjoyable things become burdens because you keep neglecting the annoying tasks.

Don’t Do Stupid Things – This was almost the title of this article. Pretty self explanatory.

This is a five minute brainstorm by me. It is not a list set in stone. The main idea is to spend some time thinking about the small things you can do to make your life and farm better.

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About the author

My name is James Matthew Craighead. In 2011 my wife, Amanda, and I established LearnGrowInspire Farms, or LGI for short. We have a forage based cow calf operation as well as a small greenhouse. We also run a few sheep, and do some custom top hogs. We also assist our parents on the day to day operations of their farms as well. I work for our local soil conservation district, and my wife teaches agriculture and chemistry at our local high school. In 2017 we welcomed a baby girl, Ember Kate, into our our life.

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