Equestrians are notoriously busy, and sometimes our horse lives and our lives outside the barn conflict. How do you manage your outside life when you have a big show coming up, or when a horse gets sick? These tips can help you find the right balance between your busy horse life and your life outside the barn.
Assess What Your Priorities Are
Striking a balance between your barn life and your outside life will depend entirely on what your priorities are. Sit down and assess your priorities for the next month, year, and five years. Are you working toward a promotion at work? Maybe you want to bring your young horse up through the competition levels. Are you trying to attend a championship show with your horse during the next show season?
Once you understand what your priorities are, you will have a better understanding of how you should be budgeting your time. We can’t do it all, so knowing your top goals can allow you to take a step back and assess your life.
Once you’ve decided what your priorities are, it’s important to have discussions with anyone whom those priorities will affect. For instance, if you’ve decided that you need to prioritize your job, then it’s time to talk with your trainer and explain that you need to attend fewer horse shows this year. Similarly, if you’re prioritizing a competition goal this year, then you will need to discuss what implications this may have in terms of taking on overtime at work.
Manage Your Time Wisely
Time management is super important when you’re balancing your two lives. Calendars and to-do lists can help to keep you focused and where you need to be. It’s also important to manage your time at the barn wisely. Check out these time-saving tips to keep your time in the barn efficient.
Remember to Say No
You will never be able to balance your barn life with your outside life if you take on too many responsibilities or commitments in either of them. If you’re going to fulfill your priorities, then you might have to turn down additional opportunities or commitments. Remember, you don’t have to do everything, so before you take on a new commitment, think about how it may alter the balance that you’re establishing in your life.
Establishing a balance between your horse life and your life outside the barn truly begins in deciding what factors are priorities in your life. From there, you can carve out the lifestyle that works best for you.