Starting July 2008, I joined a sales organization, serving machineries and parts for industrial business. This is my full time job, while since end of last year, I am also building an internet business. Up to now, I own and manage 3 websites by myself. From writing contents for the websites, I have found my hidden talent in writing. That encouraged me to build a virtual assistant business back on May 2008, to serve copywriting needs. Well...sounds very hectic! But how do I cope with both full job and online (freelance) job?
Setting Main Goal
Firstly, I had to decide what would be my main goal in this life. That is very important, because having busy with many things in life can sometimes make us forget ‘what we actually want to accomplish at the end?’ In my case, I decided to earn money for my family living with a firm full time job, while at the same time run my internet business for my future career. At this stage, being my own boss would be my main target, and for reach it I need to work as hard as I could.
After deciding my main destination, I started to look into my present life. How can I improve my life to achieve the goal? This is where I re-manage my personal life. I tried to make a list of what I believe is the most important things in my life. Here is the list in priority order:
My relationship with God. Although I’m not a very religious person, but providing my most qualified time for Him is always a must.
My health. Nothing I would achieve without a good health. Sports, nutrition, supplement and good sleep must be included in my top list.
My family. Communication with family is very important. No one denies that family support is everything for our career. Besides, we work for our loved ones, right? So, spending times for family conversations of gathering must be slipped through my busy schedule no matter how!
My personal life/hobbies. The advantage of having a career from your hobby is, you don’t have to spend more time for your hobby. You do it while working! But anyhow, I also spare my times for relaxing, usually on weekend.
My social life. No one can live alone. So I keep spending my time to just say hello to old friends sometimes. Anyway, internet has made communication much easier!
Using that ‘my important things’ list, I begun to arrange my time schedule. My PDA helps a lot in this process. I always write my plans in daily basis, and adjust it time to time. The more important jobs will come first and got bigger portion in our 24-hours-only-a-day. Tip : always slip one hour everyday without any plan, as from my experience, I always need more time to do one of the plans.
But what if things don’t go like I had planned it?
I would re-arrange my plans, by sorting all plans based on priority. What can’t be delayed must be put earlier, and less important things can be re-scheduled to next time available.
Arranging a plan is easy, but how to keep sticking with it? That’s why I need to have...
Sometimes I feel like my PDA has run my life, not the other way! It keeps telling me I have to A until next one hour, then B for 2 hours, and so on. At this critical moment, I always look back to my first commitment to live the life I have created, keep remembering my final destination, and reasons why I take the path I am taking. And all those times, it worked.
It only means that, strong commitment will help you in difficult times. It will make you stronger, tougher, braver, plus it will clear your way to your destination.
Lastly, enthusiasm will always make your days easier. It can also delay your fatigueness. However, resting is still a must. No matter how enthusiast you are, your body cannot resist a good sleep for recovery, so that you can fight again on the next days.
Good luck !