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Last Updated on by Noni May
When we embark on a new career, the excitement is palpable as we are finally leaving our old, boring career behind. But there comes a time when people need to work two jobs for various reasons. While some people need to gain skills in a different field to get towards their ideal career or it’s a financial necessity, taking on a second job can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. But managing two jobs is possible. Let’s show you how to do it, while also maintaining a balanced life. I’ve been working two jobs since as long as I can remember, as blogging has always been my job but so is my marketing work. Let’s look at some tips!
It may sound obvious but if you’ve got a job that is already mentally taxing and you choose something that is far more difficult, either in terms of your skills or your coping mechanisms, you will struggle to maintain both. Choosing a second job is about finding something convenient. If there are so many components of your life relating to the first job that requires a lot of preparation, whether this is constant drug testing on-site or rigid security checks and so forth, you may have a lot to think about. Therefore, if all of your mental energy is going to your first job, the second one has to be mentally automatic, to a certain extent. So if you need to do something that pays good money, think about what your interests are and your current skill set. For example, if you are skilled in playing a musical instrument, you can start to tutor in your spare time. With regards to this type of job, it’s possible to do it online which means that you don’t have to commute, which is one of the most time-consuming aspects of a second job.
Efficiency is crucial when doing two jobs. This is where many people fall down. When you manage your time effectively, you might be surprised just how much time you were wasting before. You need to reduce your concerns about future tasks. The best thing for you to do in order to maintain some balance mentally and physically is make a brain dump. It can be confusing to do two lots of tasks but you can also procrastinate because of the lack of organisation. You also need to simplify certain tasks where possible. The best areas to simplify would be everyday tasks. For example, if cooking takes up a lot of your time, you could incorporate batch cooking to make things easier or make food in a slow cooker. It’s these little things that help when you start to realise what parts of your life are incredibly time-consuming. And you need to invest in a day planner. Scheduling everything down to short chunks of time will help you to see what you need to do and how much time you have to do it.
You also need to remember the importance of balancing your well-being. If you have a busy schedule, will you have time for your loved ones? Where possible, try to take off one day a week so you can rest your mind and body effectively. Many people feel the stress of two jobs overwhelming, but this is where you have to protect your mind and body. It isn’t easy but you can do it.