According to the U.S. Census, about 13 million Americans are currently or working more than one job. The reasons behind juggling multiple jobs varies. Some do it for extra income (especially around the holidays), to gain more experience, or as a stop-gap while seeking full-time employment. Whatever the reason, juggling two or more jobs can be challenging.
Juggling multiple jobs? Here are 10 tips.
When you're working at more than one job, being able to stay on top of your responsibilities and still have some “me time” requires constant attention and care. Here are a few strategies that can be effective:
Before taking on a second (or third) job, make a list of your priorities and a realistic schedule with additional time that allows you to breathe between jobs, whether it's a coffee run or a 20-minute nap. This will help the transitioning period and boost not only your energy level, but also your mood.
2. Be selective.
Mindfully select jobs that relate to what you're already doing or involve something that relates to your interests not fulfilled by your current job.
3. Be honest with your employers.
Tell them about your situation so they're aware when setting schedules or other functions that may affect you. Remember that a full-time job takes precedence over a part-time job.
4. Set goals.
Setting goals helps you visualize the overall big picture of what you wish to accomplish. This is a great motivation tool when times get a little bumpy (and they will).
5. Stay organized.
Have a “To Do” list to stay organized at work and at home. Use the calendar on your smartphone and carry a small notebook with daily lists and reminders.
6. Focus on one job at a time.
Keep your jobs separated to avoid confusion and unnecessary problems with your supervisors. Focusing on one job at a time allows you to apply 100% of your talents to each. Distractions can decrease work productivity and can affect your value as an employee.
7. Reflect on your efforts.
Take time to review your progress, think about your accomplishments, and gauge your level of satisfaction to determine whether having multiple job is paying off or if changes need to be made.
8. Don't forget about you.
You're not a superhero. Burnout can be a dangerous side effect of juggling two jobs. With two or more jobs, even a cold can cause everything to come toppling down. Getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet gives you fuel to manage a hectic schedule.
9. Lean on your support network.
Turn to them when you need to vent or let off steam so stress doesn't affect your work performance or relationships.
10. Keep in mind this schedule isn't meant to be forever.
Whether it's for short-term financial gain, to spread your wings and expand your skills, or for the sheer fun of it, remember that working two or more jobs is a means to an end.
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