Too Many Eggs in the Basket


Robert BoylesIt happens so fast!  When the rural lifestyle hits you, it is instant addiction.  A seed catalogue, an article in Grit magazine, or a post from your favorite blogger has you excited about trying a new project.  You want to learn everything you can, you do the research, maybe put a little egg money on the side to get you started.  Next thing you know, boom, you are now knee deep in the next project.

But it all takes time, right?  It often takes money to get started too.  Egg money only goes so far!  No big deal, this is the lifestyle you love and you want to keep going.  So you read more articles.  One day while weeding the garden, or mucking the chicken coop you think, “Hey, I’m pretty good at this, I could raise sheep,” or goats or pigs, or bees, or insert your next project here.

Hay that has gone to seed.

Before you can count the mason jars of canned peaches in the pantry you realize that you don’t have the time to do all of the chores you have made for yourself!  Or maybe, and this is very likely, you find out that none of your projects are going just as you planned and you don’t have the time or resources to make it any better.

The folks who get paid to put labels on things call this “over diversification.”  If it hasn’t already happened to you, it very well may.  I actually grew up in this lifestyle and have often talked with likeminded people who understand the threat of over diversification.  But I did it anyway.  Yep, that’s right; I knew better and still did it.

It is very easy to spread yourself too thin, and it can be very difficult to remedy.  Once the resources have been spent on a particular project it’s hard to accept that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea.  We are hard workers, dedicated, never say quit folks. Right?  So we keep it running, put a few more resources in the pot.  The truth is, there is actually a limit to what one can accomplish in any given day. 

3/6/2016 3:07:10 PM

PREACH IT! There aren't enough hours in the day but I can't think of a thing I can cull from the list!

3/3/2016 11:35:40 PM

Well said! And as a an added bonus, the weather (or the next growing season) creeps in somehow! So now you are overextended, it is raining cats and dogs and you look out the front door and tell yourself you can catch up as soon as the weather breaks! And somehow we do! Great article! Jim

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