It's that time again – the beginning of a new year, where resolutions abound: exercise more, eat healthier, and a relatively new one, to spend less time on social media. 😜
So, why not in beekeeping? Here are four straightforward resolutions for beekeepers in the new year:
#1 Read, Study, Learn!
We all know the stress of having more than enough books to read. The thing about resolutions – or any goal is to keep it as close to our regular schedules as possible. Brushing your teeth does not feel like an annoying habit -- does it? One of my favorite examples is the plane that will end up landing in a completely different place when it shifts its starting position by only a few inches. So, if you are a bit overwhelmed by starting an entire book, maybe try out an article a week. You can even check out our newsletter "The Buzz" for that!
#2 Get Greener
As a beekeeper, you are undoubtedly aware of your positive impact on biodiversity and, thus, the environment. Let’s take it one step further. How about using less plastic? For example, instead of a plastic bag, take a reusable bag to the grocery store. Or use a reusable water bottle – our personal favorite is from Nalgene.
#3 Tackle the Clutter
All beekeepers, old and newbees alike, know how things “fly around." Winter is the perfect time to declutter the needed spaces to help our tiny flying friends. So, take some time to clean up your hive equipment so you're ready for the season ahead!
#4 Keep Better Records
Increasingly our mobile devices are becoming more and more an extension of ourselves, particularly useful for things like record keeping.
Mobile devices are a great resource to quickly and efficiently keep notes in beekeeping. Sticky fingers or gloves? Ah, yes. We are well aware. 😄 In this sticky situation, we pull out our mobile devices after working the hives, remove our gloves, or lick off the honey from our fingers. Like any goal, develop a plan and stick to it!
Just remember that keeping records simple and to the point makes them valuable. If they are too complicated, you will not find them helpful.
Our soon-to-be-launched app, "The Beekeeper's Companion," is one way you will be able to take better care of your bees and make sure you track your steps along the way.
Happy New Year!