Farming has always resisted the traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day, and many are challenged when it comes to balancing work, family and friends, community service, church and hobbies. Laura Cornille-Cannady, a farm business consultant who specializes in human resources, says that balance is different for everyone.
She encourages farmers to sit down and consider a vision of what they want. "What’s your picture of success, control and balance?" she asks. In working to achieve balance, she offers a few tips:
- Make sure activities add value or move you toward results.
- Identify what you learned today and determine how you will do it differently tomorrow.
- Stop measuring productivity by hours worked.
- Make it a rule to be present in all that you do.
- Identify what will get in the way of your vision and plan appropriately.
- Schedule times that are limited to family or friends and set dates.
- Get an ally, coach or support friend who will help you hold yourself accountable.
Recommended App: Machinery Sizing
Developed by Kansas State University, this app allows you to quickly tell the horsepower needed to pull a piece of equipment—no more standing at farm auctions wondering if your tractor could pull an implement for sale. The application has a built-in list of many common implements. You can select ground and soil conditions, tractor type, pulling speed, working depth and size of the implement. Then hit calculate, and the application will provide an estimate for the required drawbar and PTO horsepower.