Ever since I started university, I’ve been working overtime. Between being a full-time student and working part-time, plus doing extra things like my kind of insane exercise schedule that I had throughout university and very regular blogging, my days were incredibly full. It’s only gotten fuller since I graduated last year.
These days I’m usually working in the 60-hour range. Working as receptionist at the vet clinic, being a communications specialist for a local health centre, and doing my other freelancing “on the side” business, plus the blogging (which, since I make a little bit of an income from, I consider “a job”), being Executive Director for The Food Label Movement (unofficially, since we are not yet a registered nonprofit) and taking my Certified Holistic Nutritionist diploma program all take up a good chunk of my time. Next week I will be working as coordinator for Fruit Share and quitting my vet clinic job (exciting!), so it will still be around the same amount of time each week.
The question is, how does someone manage a hectic work schedule? Small business owners as a general rule can work upwards of 70 hours a week; there are many other professions which also involve working late or on weekends. Especially with recent shifts in the economy, more and more people are required to find extra jobs to supplement their income. I bet that most of you are working over the usual 40-hour workweek!
Even though it can feel as though there’s a ton on your plate, it really is doable! As long as you keep your head and stay organized, you’ll be able to manage a 50/60/70+ workweek without too many headaches 😉
This mini-series will involve the following topics:
– Creating a consistent schedule
– Working with others
– Tools to help you manage yourself
– Building in time for a social life
– Managing your health with a busy lifestyle
Is there anything else you would like to see discussed during this mini-series? How many hours do you work each week? Do you find it difficult to manage?