Although it’s not uncommon for someone to work more than one job, it is one of the hardest things to do. Many small business owners started out like that – you take on a second job to save up for the costs of opening your own company, to gain experience in your future work field. Even when you manage to start your business, you still need more income before you’re earning enough for a normal life. So, you have to work as a freelancer to cover all grounds.
Working several jobs is overwhelming, and it’s not for everyone, but with the right mindset and work ethic, it is more than possible.
You know the feeling when you get off at 4:30 and it’s about 4:25 and you’re not working, just waiting for it to be time to leave? It’s a great feeling, something to look forward to. Imagine it rolling around to 4:30, and immediately having to go to job #2.
It can be discouraging and affect even the hardest worker. Knowing that you have to work two eight-hour shifts back to back may lead you to be less productive than usual. Our brains need time to recuperate; some studies even suggest taking a break every hour. When you work for eight, twelve or sixteen hours straight, you can’t expect to perform your best all the time. Stressed and overwhelmed employees easily lose focus, both at work and at home.
Not All is Lost
Although for many, working multiple jobs sounds dreadful, some people can’t avoid it and sometimes it’s what keeps them going. Regardless of your reason for working more than one job, it is important that you manage your time properly. Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your workday and stay sane.
First of all, make a schedule for the week and stick to it. An unexpected task shouldn’t throw you off your schedule entirely. Your boss can call you with a new request while you’re working on a project for your other job. Either you will do both tasks and not sleep, or you won’t be able to finish both tasks.
Dedicate a half an hour at the weekend to make a to-do list for the following week. Take interruptions into account – leave an hour every day for some less important tasks that can be postponed. If you get a new assignment, you can easily sacrifice them for a greater good.
2. Clear Your Head
Even if you’re the hardest worker in the world, you can get overworked if you never take a break. Do something you enjoy. Go for a walk, talk to friends or family over the phone, listen to some music. Take your mind off the work itself.
At first, you may feel guilty for not working when there’s so much to do, but, in the long term, you will be thankful for this. You will be more content, much more focused, and thus getting more work done.
If you work two jobs every day, you are probably already a master of multitasking. While it is not a good idea to work on assignments for both jobs at the same time, you can multitask in a clever way.
Sometimes it’s hard to find time for things that relax us and make us happy. Workout and breathing exercises are great methods of relieving stress that can be implemented in the workplace. You can do breathing exercises while you’re sitting in a meeting (they will also help you if you don’t like speaking in front of the whole office). There are numerous “deskercises” that you can do while you’re writing e-mails or printing out documents.
Have your next team meeting in a coffee shop. It will be a meeting, and a team building exercise wrapped up in one. If you have the possibility to work from home, take your laptop to the beach. Write project proposals while soaking your feet in the sea. Call the clients while you’re walking in the park. You won’t feel like wasting time, and you’ll still relax a bit.
4. Stay Motivated
To stay motivated, just remember why you’re working that much. Whether you’re saving up for a new house, the wedding of your dreams or your own company, remind yourself of that every day.
Also, set intermediate and short term goals to give yourself something to strive for. Reward yourself when you cross something off your list. For example, if you set a daily goal such as “finish the business proposal, and hand it in today” and achieve that goal, celebrate that small win by doing something you love. It can be as simple as eating a piece of chocolate cake.
While working two jobs may not be cut out for everyone, sometimes you don’t have a choice. Just remember that a good mindset will take you a long way. Setting goals and rewarding yourself will keep your mind fresh. Make sure your multitasking skills are top tier because you will be doing plenty of it.
Use this tips, and you’ll be able to do all the work and get all your personal life things done, too. Remember, try to make work fun, keep your eye on the target, and make sure to have personal time as much as possible.
About the Author:
Michelle Laurey is a freelance writer who enjoys fitness, relaxing in the fresh air, trying to live a healthy life and daydreaming about visiting new places (and actually visiting them). Her best ideas and problem solutions appear while she’s riding her bicycle. You can reach her via Twitter.