How I Balance Working 3 Jobs
Hey guys! This year is starting off great. One of my New Year's resolutions was to post more consistently on my blog. And here we are with two blog posts in less than a month :) Anywho ... I wanted to take the time to really touch on a topic that I get so many questions about in person and on social media - how I balance work & life all while working 3 jobs. Honestly, I ask myself this question everyday lol, but I make it work somehow. I want to share as many tips with you guys as possible, so keep reading down below to hear all about how I manage my time across 3 jobs and this crazy thing called life.
1. Find your drive.
Everyone always has that one thing that keeps them going, motivated and driven. That one thing for me is my childhood. Growing up, my family and I we didn't have much money. This kind of lifestyle shifted my mindset on how I moved and handled situations, specifically with finances. When I got to college, I made a promise to myself that I would never go back to Lexington, TN and I would end the financial burdens for my family. Therefore, I have a long-term dream goal of owning my own wedding venue. I have a 5-10 year financial plan for this goal of mine. This plan is also what keeps me motivated to work 3 jobs.
2. Give yourself grace.
There will be many moments where you forget something, mess up something or look back and realize you could've done something better. However, try not to focus on the past or your mistakes. Always focus on the future and the lessons learned from those mistakes made. Focusing on the past will only allow you to overthink which can cause anxiety. Make a decision, reflect on your decision, figure out ways to improve & move forward. Just as the good Lord himself shows grace upon his children, always give & show yourself grace. ALWAYS!
3. Create a routine.
If you know me, then you know that I am a planner. I plan for everything in my life, which has allowed me to create some sort of a daily routine. Having a daily routine provides structure to my day and helps me to feel more organized. See below for my daily routine Monday-Friday and on the weekends.
5:30a: Wake up, potty, reflect on previous day, look up scriptures/quotes to inspire me for the day based upon my mood
6:30a: Get out of bed, tidy up the house & make breakfast
7:00a: Sometimes I will have a makeup client come at this time if I can't fit them in any other time throughout the day
7:30 - 8a: Start work for ALSAC/St. Jude
12:00p: Lunch break. Sometimes I will have a makeup client at this time if I can't fit them in any other time throughout the day
4:00p: Finish up ALSAC/St. Jude work
5:00p: Sometimes will have a makeup client. If not, I am answering emails for my makeup clients and blog collaborations.
7:00p: Make dinner
8:30-9p: Shower and in bed
8a: Wedding makeup
2-5p: Bridal makeup trials w/ upcoming brides
6:00p eat dinner
Catch up on blog work or RELAX!
4. Keep a calendar.
My iPhone calendars are my life! I have two phones. One for my personal work and one for ALSAC/St. Jude work. I keep both calendars up to date on both phones with all upcoming events, occasions & meetings. I always set two reminders for one scheduling: one for 24 hrs before the time of event & one for 1-2 hours before. Setting reminders provides me with time to prepare for the upcoming event/occasion the day before or send out any reminders to my clients.
5. Give yourself a day to rest.
Every day there's always something to be done, and most days I'm always working to get something done. However, I do try and set Sunday's as my rest days. Working everyday can be very tiring, so I have to be sure that I give myself one day out of the week to just rest & stay off of social media. Sometimes I have trials or blog work that I need to catch up on and Sunday just happens to be that catch all day because it's the end/beginning of the week, but I still will set aside time to just rest. Giving myself this one day helps me to rejuvenate and refresh myself. This day-off also helps to motivate me to work for the week coming up.
6. Reward yourself.
I have no problem working as much as I do. The drive & hustle mentality that I have never dies. However, there are times where I don't feel motivated at all to do anything. These are the days that I decide to reward myself, but only if I've put in the work. You cannot reward unfinished work or business. Rewarding myself just keeps my mind focused on the end goal. I reward myself by shopping, giving myself the day off, or indulging in good food or an activity that I enjoy.
I also want to share with you guys a few apps that I use for task management.
Asana: a task management tool that I use for my ALSAC/St. Jude. It allows me to create checklist broken out by project styles. I love it!
Do: a task management phone app. I use this app for my personal work to-do list. I try and keep my personal work & ALSAC/St. Jude work as separate as possible.
Thank you guys for visiting CRMstyles. I hope you were able to take something from this blog post! Leave me a comment down below and let me know how you deal with your busy schedule. :)
Until next time!