1. Wake up before the rooster…or the chickens, dogs, cats, kids….
o A hungry and impatient farm is NOT a good start to the day
2. Have an extra cup of coffee
o Go mugs and chores don’t mix so be sure to caffeinate before you head out the door. Given it is New Years, give the dairy farmers a break and swap Baileys for cream.
3. Don’t forget your mitts
o Saskatchewan is bloody COLD. Despite what my daughter’s story book says, it isn’t only explorers who get frostbite
4. Routine – routine – routine
o Do chores in the same order every day. You won’t miss the little things and can pick out the subtle changes.
5. Put that iphone away
o The cows don’t care if you tweet their selfie but they sure don’t like it if you’re slow on the tractor. Besides, at -40 my iphone just says “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”. Oh so helpful Apple
6. Relax over lunch
o The opportunity to enjoy lunch with your family is a treat that almost no one else in the world gets. Enjoy it.
7. Go for a run
o Farming is physical but it rarely gets your heart rate up. Exercise clears the brain, gets you ready for the office tasks and keeps you in shape for the real work.
8. Act like an office worker
o We spend more hours at a desk than many of you would believe. Be efficient. Watch Your Perfect Productive Day via @fastcompany
9. Visit the girls
o One last walk through of your girls, whatever species they are, to make sure everyone is comfortable, fed and healthy is always on the agenda.
10. Give thanks
o Spend a minute each day appreciating where you work, what you do, and remembering how blessed you are gives you energy to repeat again tomorrow.