Article written by: Hope Hernandez, Agency Manager in Garden City, Kansas
Like many professions, balancing your career as a Farm Bureau agent with family life can be a challenge. As the mother of a two and four year old, becoming an agent was my solution. Anyone with a toddler and preschooler knows they demand a lot of your time and attention! The agent position afforded me the opportunity to be a mother, a wife, and an agent all at the same time – creating the work-life balance that I needed. Here are some tips for creating your own healthy work-life balance.
Become an Expert at Managing Your Time
The first step to balancing your life as a Farm Bureau agent is to become an expert at managing your time. Determine what your priorities are and use a planner or calendar to map out your time. Start with what is most important to you and work from there. If you struggle to find time for your hobbies, try overlapping them with family time! Hobbies like camping and biking can be done with your kids, helping creating a nice balance between work and life.
Schedule One Thing to Look Forward to Each Day
Social activities might get pushed aside during busy weeks when life as an insurance agent takes priority. Plan fun activities during the week, and schedule them out like you would a meeting. By doing this, you’ll head into your work week with something to look forward to. Try fun activities that incorporate work and play, like mixers and networking events with other insurance agents.
Plan Your Work Day and When You’ll Leave
I became a Farm Bureau Agent because I wanted to do something better for my family and I didn’t want to have a regular 9 to 5 job. Several studies have shown that working more than 40 hours per week can actually make you less productive.
As a Farm Bureau agent, you often have the flexibility to choose what’s important to you and build your own work schedule. You are your own boss, and this can make balancing work and home life easier.
Take Time For You
Like many other professionals, Farm Bureau insurance agents may feel obligated to fill free time with errands or phone calls, but having free time to yourself is healthier than you may realize. One in five Americans report experiencing extreme stress, which increases the risk of serious health problems like heart disease. Save time on your calendar for yourself for stress-free and relaxing activities. When you take care of yourself, you’re taking care of your family, too!
Start with Small Changes
As you start to revamp your work-life balance, start with small changes. If you’re regularly missing family dinners, but you want to be there more, make it a goal to be there twice a week, and eventually work your way to every day.
A high level of job stress and unhappiness can quickly lead to career burnouts. At Farm Bureau, you’ll enjoy an exciting career centered on protecting your community members when they need it the most. When you become a Farm Bureau insurance agent, you feel great satisfaction from the work you do, and that it leads to a happier and more fulfilling life! I have everything that I want – a beautiful family and a career I dreamed about when I was a little girl. I truly hope I’m setting a good example for my daughters. I want them to know that hard work and the right attitude are all you need.
If you’re ready to start a career that can help provide a better work-life balance for you, learn more about our Reserve Agent Program today.
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