I had a friend ask once, how did I find such balance with multiple jobs and commitments? My answer was quite simple; I had a routine. Since I kept a busy schedule with working overnight for one job, and working during the day for another, a daily routine guaranteed that I’d stay sane.
The key for creating my schedule was including hobbies that turned into passions. I grew up a dancer and eventually turned into a teacher, all in the meanwhile I found going to the gym to be therapeutic.
Immediately in my daily life, I went to the gym as much as possible, and picked up teaching gigs when they were offered. Building my “Me Time” was very important to me. I can’t stand the feeling of always being on someone else’s schedule, and sacrificing time for myself; I considered that as me being cruel and ignorant to my needs.
On the other hand, creating a frustration-free work schedule didn’t come as easily. One job is a set 40 hour week, and the other included shifts that could last for 12 hours. Yes, I eventually separated both schedules to keep it organized, but I didn’t have time for myself; my time became someone else’s time.
Between two jobs, I barely had time for the gym and completely stopped teaching. The sacrifice wasn’t beneficial, it got to the point that my “Me Time” only existed when I worked overnight. This was a factor in determining whether or not I wanted to continue with two jobs.
As months went on, I slowly started to do a variety of activities that I never had time for: going to a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, seeing Christmas lights, going out with friends, and picking back up teaching gigs. I took back my “Me Time,” and retired from my second job.
With retiring from my second job, the thoughts of the future excited me. Most importantly I could spend more time at the gym, and participate in classes that I enjoyed! Though my schedule now may be more calm, I am still finding different opportunities to take on to expand my knowledge not only of myself, but of the world around me.
People may think I’m nuts when I freak out if I’m off schedule, but my routine promises that I’ll have enough time to do what I want.
Now, I encourage you to do the same. With your work schedule, think about the time you have before and after your work day; Can you fit in a workout? Or do you have time to read, or catch up on some favorite TV shows? Once you’ve figured out your free time, keep it consistent throughout the week. For example, I know every Sunday morning I have Yoga at 9:00 am for an hour. I can promise that once you’ve figured out how to organize your schedule, the balance you have will be outstanding!
Until next time,