[Over] Commitment Issues

I have a confession to make… I have a commitment issue.

Interesting enough, I’m not referring to relationships, I’m actually referring to work and extracurriculars. From the time I can remember in high school I’ve always over committed myself. Back then I thought I was just doing it in order to get some extracurricular activities on my college applications but it didn’t seem to stop there. In college I worked 2-3 jobs the entire time (that’s also because I was poor) but here lately I’ve realized I’ve taken another really big bite I hope I can chew.

Within the last two months I’ve acquired 2 full time jobs that I’m working simultaneously, joined an organization, attempting to write more regularly, and occasionally I try to have some of this thing called fun. The part that probably bothers me the most is this whole 2 full time jobs deal. I suffered through 4 years of collegiate academic purgatory to come out with a degree that lands me in job after job where I feel I must work 2 jobs just to be in a good place financially.

Financial stability has always been my goal since I was young Ashley, which is why in part when I was growing up, I wanted to be a doctor. A helping career, with job security and financial stability. For those of you not up to speed, I currently work in education and the best way I can explain that is #stuffhappens. I won’t even get on my soap box about educators and how underpaid and undervalued they are.

So how does one juggle multiple commitments without sacrificing or short-changing one in particular? Here’s my advice, i.e. what’s keeping my head above water for the time being:

  • Keep a calendar: One that’s comprehensive and includes ALL your commitments –this includes work, meetings, workout sessions, etc. You can keep one electronically on your phone/computer, a physical one or both. I do both, but live and die by my physical calendar.
  • Organize & Prioritize: List out your commitments on a daily/weekly/monthly basis by when they’re due/occur. I like to either color coordinate my lists or use a numbering system so that I can see what needs to get done and in what order.
  • Schedule “Me” time: If you’re constantly running, doing your obligations non-stop – you. will. burn. out. And once that happens you’re no good at all. So in order to prevent that, schedule some time either daily/weekly/monthly that is set aside for you and you only. Whatever makes you happy, do it.

Thank me later,

-A.

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