How to Work 2 Jobs
For people who have only held down one job at a time, learning how to work 2 jobs at once can be a little extreme. The reason most people work 2 jobs is for extra income, but some may do it in order to stay out of trouble, or to make the most of their free time.
There are a few set-ups when working 2 jobs that people use: they can have one full-time job and a part-time, a full-time job and work freelance, 2 part-time jobs, or even 2 full-time jobs! Whatever combination of work you choose, you need to balance your time effectively in order to succeed.
You also have the physical element of working 2 jobs to consider. Depending on your situation, you may need to adjust your sleeping schedule, or even train your body to run on less sleep to pull this off.
The hardest part of working 2 jobs is maintaining the momentum. As time passes your body and mind will become conditioned to the workload, but you need discipline in order to avoid burning out.
Table of Contents
MAKE A PLAN (STEP 1)
FIND 2 JOBS TO WORK (STEP 2)
ADJUST YOUR SCHEDULE (STEP 3)
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME AT WORK (STEP 4)
Make a Plan (Step 1)
Determine what you need the extra money for, and designate that as your financial goal. Are you working 2 jobs to pay off a debt, to maintain your current standard of living, or just to have extra money saved?
Try and draw up a timeframe that tells how long you will be working these 2 jobs. You probably won’t adhere to it, but it always helps to have as much as you can laid out beforehand.
Having a plan will help you keep everything in perspective by providing some kind of objective to work towards.
Find 2 Jobs to Work (Step 2)
In order to work 2 jobs, you need to find 2 jobs to work! One will be your “primary” job, or the one that makes the most money. The other will be you “secondary” one. The primary job is usually full-time while the secondary is part-time or freelance, but that can change depending on your needs and amount of time at your disposal.
If you just need any old 2nd job, than your best bet is to hit up the usual job search outlets like Craigslist, Indeed, and Snag A Job. Otherwise, you’ll have to do some networking to land that 2nd job.
The more flexible your 2 jobs are the better. Your 1st job doesn’t really need to be all that liberal since it is your main moneymaker. But if you can get a 2nd job that allows you to work your own hours, (or one that is “on call,”) then it may make your life easier.
Adjust Your Schedule (Step 3)
After securing 2 jobs, you need to arrange your schedule accordingly. For example, you may have to change your sleeping patterns to in between each job in order to accommodate the extra work. Again, it all depends on your circumstances.
Once you have a schedule set in place, you may need to force yourself to change the hours you sleep well ahead of time in order for you body to adapt to working 2 jobs. This means either staying up later or falling asleep earlier to be ready to work.
It is very important that you schedule as much sleep as you can while planning this schedule. That may mean missing out on your favorite, time-killing activities, but your body is going to need the rest. And one way or another, it will happen, so it might as well be on your terms.
Make the Most of Your Time at Work (Step 4)
As you begin to work 2 jobs, one principle to keep in mind is to use your time wisely. An example I know of involved one of my co-workers collecting tolls on the NJ Turnpike. He used the extra time to manage his small business while he worked. Because of the nature of the job, he could make calls as he made change, and he could be on his computer doing work during times where there was little traffic.
You may not be able to multitask to that extent, but the idea still stands. If you have free time at one job, and can use that to make your other job easier, do it! As long as it doesn’t interfere with the job you are currently working, do as much as you can in the time you are given.
Proper time management is necessary for success, and that means procrastinating as little as possible. This is a big hurdle for a lot of people, but it can be devastating to those who have to work 2 jobs. If you have a hard time being on time and do a lot of slacking off, an easy solution is to start things ahead of time.
The longer you work 2 jobs, the more accustomed you will be to the labor. Sticking to that plan you made will also help make all of this that much more bearable.
Make sure to eat, and to eat healthy. You need the energy to stay active, so don’t skip any meals. But stay far away from food that‘s garbage.
Exercise as often as much as you can, even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes a day. This will help you maintain your health.
It may or may not be in your best interest to let your employers know you work 2 jobs. Some might not mind, while others might not allow you to due to a conflict of interest.
You might want to consider working a double shift every other day, freeing up entire days for you to take off. But be careful, because 16 hours straight is a long time to be working if you’re not ready for it.
If you know of anyone who works more than one job, ask them how they handle it for their insight and motivation.
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