How to Work 2 Jobs Without Going Insane or Getting Fired
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Summertime is here, and while some folks are enjoying lazy days by the pool and beach vacations, others are working -- sometimes more than one job. Although the idea of two salaries may sound great, keep in mind you'll have two bosses to please, two schedules to coordinate, and finding any solitude -- or vacation time -- may be next to impossible. If you're juggling more than one job this summer, time management is the key to your success. We checked in with experts for tips on how to survive the months ahead.
With two part-time jobs, it can be difficult to strike the right balance between work and play, especially during the summer months, says Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders.
If there's a particular event or mini-getaway you want to fit into your calendar before fall, don't wait -- put it on your calendar now, Augustine says."Depending on the roles you hold, it may be difficult to take time off if someone else is out at the same time. Request a couple days off towards the second half of the summer. While it may seem slow now, I can guarantee you'll enjoy a random day off here and there to catch up on your to-do list or just relax without any set agenda," she says. Put in your requests as soon as possible so you'll get the time off when you want it, because everyone needs downtime to refresh and focus on personal wellness and family, says Ted Karkus, CEO of Prophase Labs and founder of management consulting firm Forrester Financial. "I am 100% committed to my work at all times, but family time is essential," Karkus says. "You've heard the mantra 'work hard, play hard,' and I think it rings true." Make a list of priorities and get a calendar "Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!" says Uva Coles, vice president of student services at Peirce College in Philadelphia. "You cannot do it all, but you can do the most important things well. It's critical that you review your responsibilities in order of importance and move accordingly." When you're juggling multiple priorities, your calendar becomes your new best friend, Augustine says. "Find one calendar to use -- I recommend one that is synchronized with your smartphone or tablet -- and carry it with you wherever you go. Find a way to distinguish different activities on your calendar so you can keep it all straight. This could include color-coding your different work schedules, family obligations and down time, or assigning different sounds when appoint reminders pop up on your smart device," Augustine says. By prioritizing goals, it should be easier balancing your personal with your business life, Kirkus says. "If I know one of my kids has an event and need to leave early, I stay a little later in the office other days to compensate," he says. "Plan ahead, and try your best to always be prepared for any last minute curveballs that are thrown your way."
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