Are You Juggling a Job and a Business?

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July 26, 2016 – Issue 38
Photo: Multitasking Man (Mela Creative) © www.flickr.com

In the past, were you in business and things were slow therefore you had to get a job to pay the bills. Or maybe you’re getting ready to start a business while you continue to work.  No matter the reason for being an employee and trying to run a business on the side, it can be difficult, stressful, time-consuming and demanding on you and your family.  There are a lot of things you will have to juggle on your plate and it takes exceptional planning to be able to continue doing this for a lengthy period of time without burning out.

For myself, I wasn’t prepared to let go of my nursing license in which I have to work a certain amount of hours every five years performing a job in healthcare in some nursing capacity.  For me, this would be in management or project management.  Time was running out before I would no longer be able to maintain my license.  Consequently, when the universe literally handed me a Director of Care job, I certainly wasn’t going to say no to the opportunity since those hours would fulfill my requirement for my nursing license.

I met Wendy, the Sales Manager of a Retirement Facility at a networking luncheon and within two weeks of the date we met, I started the position.  I am extremely fortunate that my hours are flexible as to when I start and finish my day, I work with a wonderful group of people and residents and the location is only 10 minutes away from my home.  For many individuals in the lower mainland of British Columbia that is only a dream, since so many have to drive 60-90 minutes one way just to get to work.

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”
~Benjamin Franklin

However, to juggle a job and to continue operating a business, it comes down to careful planning, organizing and identifying what needs to be done each week.  Almost every hour of my day, seven days a week are accounted for in some form or shape.  It takes a lot of juggling, planning, organization and preparation to get things done while also ensuring I take the occasional break to spend time with my husband and regenerate my energy level to avoid burning out.  As well as, refocusing on the goals I will work on while keeping an eye on the end result and benefits as to where I am going in my life and business.

Here are several tips I have utilized which has help me to juggle so many things throughout my day and week which may be helpful to you too:

  • Get yourself a large four month wall calendar and use it.
  • Map out what events or items MUST be done and then plan around these items to ensure they get finished.
  • Compile a list of things that will eventually need to be dealt with but at a later date for your personal life and your business outside of your employment, so you don’t forget to complete them. This will free your mind to focus on the present and to get what you need to address now for all areas of your life.
  • Color code things on your calendar to indicate certain pieces of work, timelines, or even to identify what things you are working on for your job, personal/family life and for your business.
  • Create a “To Do List” for one month; however, focus on what things will need to be done each week within that month.
  • Make sure to break down the work into smaller manageable pieces of labor / tasks.
  • Update your “To Do List” twice a week so you can see the progress of wiping things off as you complete them and that you are actually fulfilling some of your goals.
  • Schedule time to actually carry out the work from your “To Do List”. This is especially true if you are in a position that tends to have many issues popping up throughout your day which can be time consuming to deal with and if people are booking appointments / meetings based on your schedule.  Since they may look at your schedule thinking you aren’t that busy when you definitely are.

“Plan your progress carefully;
hour-by hour, day-by-day, month-by-month.  Organized activity

and maintained enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.”
~Paul J Meyer

If necessary, with careful planning, preparation and organization you could juggle a job and continue to focus time and energy to keeping your business going for a certain period until you can eventually return to your business full time.

PLAN for Your Success!

Suzanne

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