For some people having one career is completely sufficient. They are better off being a “one thing” specialist, and actually, our society actively supports this approach. But what if you have many different passions, and just cannot choose only one of them to follow professionally?
Then mix them up! Never give up your dreams, you can achieve whatever you want in your life if you are brave, confident, ready to risk and work.
Probably, the old regime of working the entire life for one company doesn’t exist anymore. Today, with so many remote job opportunities, social flexibility, and market acceleration, we don’t need to be tied to a single position. According, to the statistics people change their roles and workplaces on average every three years. In addition, many of them juggle several titles at the same time: they’re PR specialists and bloggers; managers and freelance writers; photographers and graphic designers…
As you can see, there are no limitations and strict rules for building a career.
Instead of restraining your interests, you could try to pursue two careers at the same time. It’s not going to be easy, but the best things in life are never easy, including having the chance to have several favourite jobs at once.
Here are some options possible: full-time & freelance; part-time & part-time; or ideally two jobs with flexible hours. If you’re a multi-hyphenate, i.e. do have multiple passions, then this career path could be a good solution for you.
Interested? Then here are some tips on how to do it smoothly without anxiety and burning out:
Have a deliberate plan of actions
“By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.” To handle numerous projects successfully, you should plan everything ahead, prioritise tasks and effectively complete them. Without proper preparation, you can lose the track of projects and your overall activity will become messy and unproductive very quickly. Meanwhile, be ready to have a busy schedule. With two or more jobs you’ll barely have free time. But as far as it’s your conscious choice, try to maintain a positive attitude and welcome a bit of craziness into your life.
Delegate everything you can
Maybe you think that it’s selfish, however, effective delegation will help you to cope with a huge workload, increase your work quality, and free some time for making strategic decisions.
Focus on one job at a time.
Managing multiple projects can have your mind spinning — for one job, you’re worrying about reports and presentations, and for the other, you’re puzzled whether you met the expectations of your boss and customers. Be present and concentrate on your current task. And more importantly, when you’re not technically working at any job - stop thinking about it, let your brain relax and recharge.
Inform your employers
Once you’re not a full-time freelancer, it’s really important to tell your companies that you have another job on the side. Though many people are tempted to avoid doing this, you’re better to let them know. It will demonstrate your responsibility and diligence. In addition, bosses are also humans, so they may even allow you to work in a way that is more flexible and convenient for you.
Care not only about the deadlines, but also about YOURSELF
Your mental and physical health is important to take care of while working more than one job. Take time for yourself: eat healthy food, have enough physical activity, spend time with your family and friends, sleep as much as you can, and don’t forget to indulge yourself, especially during the tough times.
Good luck! If you can dream it, you can do it)