Working Two Jobs Is Hard
I’m running on five hours sleep. In the last 48 hours I’ve had a total of ten hours of rest. I’m not exactly strapped for cash but I’m not exactly living the lifestyle of the rich and famous either. At the moment I’m looking to leave the job I’ve been at for nearly eight months this week, for (hopefully) greener pastures. Who am I kidding? Both jobs suck, I’m just looking to stay with the one that offers the better schedule. I told my soon-to-be former employer that I’ll finish out the rest of the week that I’m scheduled to work. I regret that decision after two days.
Still, the income that I’ll receive is going to be pretty sweet. So I thought about keeping both jobs. At that point I knew the lack of sleep was starting to affect me severely. I spent my first break at the new job in a pizza shop. Green Day’s “(Good Riddance) Time of Your Life” was playing on the radio. I spent the rest of my break weighing the pros and cons of having two jobs. Here’s what I came up with
Pro More Money: When you’re a broke-ass, having more money tends to make life a little easier.
Con Less Sleep: I’ve already explained this. If I were someone else this wouldn’t be an issue but I NEED my beauty sleep.
Pro Productivity: Since you’re always working, you’re actually doing something other sitting at home like a lazy slug.
Con Less Fun: Since you’re always working one (or both) jobs, this means less time for your family, friends and yourself.
Con More Stress: Doesn’t matter how nice your boss may be, every job can become demanding. Something eventually goes wrong or you might have woken up on the wrong side of the bed (assuming you did get some sleep). Hey, sometimes we aren’t in the mood to provide that great customer service to that pompous prick with the slicked back hair. (Whew, almost went on a rant there.)
Con Careers & Goals Come To A Halt: We all have goals in life. Some of us are trying to pursue that illustrious career we’ve been dreaming about for years. Sometimes we devote so much time to these meaningless jobs that we forget that they were only supposed to be temporary. They were just meant to supplement us with some income to help us survive until we achieved our dreams.
In the end I can never truly wrap my head around why someone would want to work two jobs for an extended period of time if they didn’t have to. I know that after this week is done I’m definitely going to quit one job so I can focus more on bringing broke-ass knowledge to the world wide web and concentrate on my silly dreams. Right now I’m heading to bed to work on my first dream. Goodnight.
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