If you’re working two part-time jobs right now, you deserve a medal. It’s hard, it’s unpredictable, and few can really relate to the struggle. But while you’re riding the struggle bus to Pay-My-Bills Town, we want to help you navigate the best route.
While your bank account may increase during this time of your life, your free time seems to disappear. If you’re not careful, you’ll wake up one morning feeling like you totally missed out on the week, or the summer, or even the year. It’s hard to keep your head up when you’re just trying to grind. But let us be the first to say: there is hope. You can do this.
When you’re working more than one shift at more than one store, there aren’t going to be a lot of constants, and there aren’t going to be a lot of people who want to help you figure it out. So you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands and create a plan that works for you.
Below, we’ve outlined the six essential tips that you need to make it through just one week of double-time work. And that’s the real trick: just take it a week at a time. Follow these rules, remain in control, and take charge of the life you’ve been busting your butt to have. Good luck!
Plan Your Schedule a Week Ahead
For starters, you need to learn your schedule. Unless you live in some kind of fantasy world, that means you’re depending on two different schedulers to get their stuff together somewhat around the same time. For one, you can coordinate with your managers to get a consistent time where they can post your schedule.
Once you’ve created a consistent time to sit down and outline your week, you can really start to feel in control. A big part of being on top of your schedule is simply in the power of knowing. Do your best to plan ahead, don’t just take it day by day.
Create A Visual Map of Your Shifts
One of the best and easiest ways to plan out your schedule is to create a visual map of the schedule, much like we do here with the tools at WorkPulse. Your goal is to be able to visualize when during the day you’re on, and when you’re off. Once you know that, you can start to think constructively about your week.
When you’re on the phone making appointments, you have a visual reference to fit in your needs. And when an emergency calls, you’ll know how to flex in the extra minutes.
Make a Meal For The Week
Food runs our life a little too much. Start to put food in its place by planning your meals ahead as well. The best way to do that when you’ve got a week of two-a-days is to make your meals ready-to-go.
Here’s how it works:
Make it on Sunday night, put it in the fridge, and buy a boat load of Tupperware. If you’re smart, you’ll Google the recipe for casseroles, pasta, chili, chicken that you can turn into sandwiches, and other dishes that will last you beyond one night. Once you’ve done that, you’ve secured yourself a quick and easy meal for every day this week.
Find Your 30 Minutes
Having a little time for you isn’t selfish—it’s necessary. Block out 30 minutes of free time every day to rest and slack off. When you know that you have those few minutes to recharge, you’ll have something that you can hold sacred even on the craziest days.
This is another reason why planning your schedule ahead is so important. Naturally, we put things like personal time on the bottom of our priority list. If you leave it until the day of, you’ll find an excuse to fill those 30 minutes with something else.
Have a Daily Goal For Hours of Sleep
Start with your next shift’s start time and work backwards, this will help you to be realistic about how much sleep you can get every night. Especially if you’re a more extroverted person, you won’t want to go to sleep after a long shift. You’ll want to catch up on life and friends and the chaos. You’ll be working against yourself.
Be disciplined about going to bed. It will make you a better worker, a better friend and a better human through and through. Don’t put sleep on the back burner.
Plan A Social Night
Finally, it’s important that you don’t lose your mind with all of these crazy rules. If you have something to look forward too, you won’t feel like you’re missing out, and you’ll have motivation to make it through the week. Take the time to plan a night with your friends where you can cut loose, relax and decompress from what has probably felt like the worst week of your life.
You’re doing great. Keep at being a hard worker, it will certainly pay off in the end. While it may not always feel great in the moment, if you’re intentional, you’ll definitely come out a stronger person on the other side.