How I Found a Healthy Work/Life Balance

The Key to Happy Farm Life


After my reality check back in May, I’ve managed to strike a healthy balance between my life at home and on the farm.

The last time I wrote on this blog, I had come to the hard realisation that as much as I might be running my farm with the Sattvic philosophical ideals in mind, my own life had slowly become consumed with the converse values of Tasmik. A filthy oven and detritus ridden carpet were just two things that I had to deal with immediately, in order to be able to assure my slightly worried employees that I wasn’t falling off the deep end completely.

Over the course of the last few months I have turned my attention to each room in my house here on the farm and have slowly, but surely, returned it to a habitable state. It’s amazing how cluttered and disgusting everything suddenly appeared as soon as just one room was back in order. The bathroom had not been cleaned since I’d moved in and required a full day of scrubbing to return to it’s former glory. The majority of the crockery and cutlery in the sink was simply thrown away. I have to say it feels good to be able to wake up in this home now, knowing that it’s in a presentable state.

So consumed had I been with working on the farm that I’d forgotten that an important part of life is enjoying your spare time – unbeknown to myself I had simply denied myself this for months. Despite a couple of pints down the pub, my social life was essentially negligible and the attention that I gave to my home reflected the fact that it was rare for another living soul to enter my own home. Now that my home is back in shape there are a few things that I’m planning which should force me into a healthier work/life balance.

Hire More Hands

Although I know it will have an impact on my overall margins, I think it’s time to take on some more help. The more lads I have on hand the less work I’ll have to do myself. I can promote a couple of my steady farm hands to supervisory roles and think about taking more weekends off, which will give the time to do something else…

Host Another Dinner Party

Us farming folk are often stereotyped as a rather uncivilised lot, but we like to have dinner parties just as much the big city folk! The last attempt I had at a dinner party was ended early by the disgusting state of my home, this time that’s not going to happen. I’ll invite my farm hands and their wives to see the place as it is now and cook up a big joint of beef for all of us.

Take My Evenings

I’ve often found myself working late into the evenings, whether it’s fixing up a piece of machinery on the farm or scratching my head over accountancy books, sometimes I get lost in the work – but no more. If something breaks, I’m going to hire a man to fix it. I’m also going to hand my accounts over to a trained accountant, so I can finally take my evenings to myself and make my life about more than just farming.

Get A Hobby

This is what all of these lifestyle changes are being made for. Getting more time to myself means that I can start developing skills outside of the farming world. I’m not thinking about leaving my job anytime soon, but I don’t want to get to retirement age and realise that the only thing I know how to do is work!

Posted by: John on