#FarmHack: Tips to Finding a Work-Life Balance

Farmers are busy people who wear many hats. Farmers are producers, marketers, veterinarians, packers, customer service representatives and distributors, just to name a few. Nearly three out of four farmers work 10 or more hours a day, on average.

Finding work-life balance on the farm is as big of a challenge as it is in other occupations. As a new season approaches, particularly the holiday season, it may be a good time to evaluate how you will spend your time between work and play.

Take a look at the #FarmHacks below to find a few tips to create more balance in your life.

#FarmHack 1: Be Intentional & Prioritize Time-Outs

At least, once per week, intentionally take a least a few hours away from the farm to do something you enjoy, non-farm related. This could be dinner with a loved one or friend(s), an exercise class, or going to an event. Be sure you incorporate something new this season that you aren’t currently doing.

#FarmHack 2: Make a Plan: Time-flow worksheet

Making more time off the farm means maximizing your time on the farm. To maximize your time,  experts suggest identifying tasks, prioritizing, and scheduling the time to work on each task. While weather and other factors make your days vary on the farm, creating a time-driven plan to prioritize task based on day, month, and the season can help you maximize time on the farm and find the proper time to break away.

#FarmHack 3: Let Technology Lead the Way

Being able to monitor crops, livestock, and infrastructure remotely using wireless sensors or even drones means that those tasks can be done from anywhere, problems can be identified more precisely and time can be spent where it’s most needed.