I’m a list person. I have found that if I don’t write a task down, it likely won’t get done. Or worse, I will miss an important deadline. And in a business with hard deadlines associated with every task (editors don’t like delays, and have never printed a blank page), it’s imperative that I remain focused.
Your job isn’t much different. In the spring, all eyes are on planting. Other jobs can wait until “downtime”…whenever that may be. This year, with corn planting speeding along at a record pace, barring any significant disruptions we should see crop planting completed in record time. And while an early crop will bring along its own challenges, it will likely give most producers some time before the heart of the growing season is upon us.
Now back to the lists. What are you planning to do once you park the planters? Do you have a maintenance list ready? What tractor needs some extra attention? In the rush of planting, it’s easy to get distracted and forget those tasks that you “meant” to get to once you had time. I know it sounds very basic, but having a list (simple or complex) can help you prioritize those tasks. And it also can help jog your memory of what needs to be done…making a simple fix rather than a major repair.
So, do you have a running “to do” list?