Juggling is not just a fun past time that can destroy your wrists, it is a part of life. In quite literal terms, learning to successfully juggle can be a valuable skill in the workplace. What I’ve come to notice about working in ever-growing, ever-changing industry such as communications and marketing, is that learning to juggle can make or break you.
Whether your job title may sound simple or impressive, there are always additional hats you are going to have to wear that are out of your control. Being able to multitask is one thing, but being able to juggle your daily tasks – supporting another team, attend meetings for further insight, delegate tasks for the intern – while also maintaining a healthy work and outside-of-work social life can be exhausting.
Rather than actual balls, successfully juggling your life in your hands can be done with the help of these key components: organization, balance, time management, and a $25 gift card to the LCBO, or if you’re like me and not a heavy drinker, Starbucks. Without the help of those four key components, especially the fourth, the work day can be rather difficult. If you can manage to commit to even half of these, I can assure you’ll be juggling in no time.
The easiest step towards an organized life starts with a “To Do List”. It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. Making a “To-Do List” has made the most mundane tasks feel satisfying. Creating any type of list helps you stay on track and prioritize. It’s also beneficial if you’re anything like me, to help you remember what needs to be completed by which deadlines. It also doesn’t hurt to compile lists of things you’ve done in a given day, just to stay on top of your work load.
Maintaining the right balance can be tricky because it can be thrown off by something completely out of your control, yet is controlled by you at the same time. At any moment, anything can change — it could be the weather, the strength of the internet, or your browser preferences that somehow think you’re from Israel. All true experiences, that can impact your work tremendously. Obviously, balance is more mental than physical, but still applies to how one manages to juggle without too much distraction. Which goes hand in hand with time management.
First off, to properly manage your time, schedule ahead and check your calendar. If you don’t have a calendar – start using the one on your mobile device. If you don’t have a mobile device – I don’t know how you’ve made it this far. If unsure or unmotivated to get your own calendar, use your email calendar as your primary schedule. Physically seeing a week in advance what you have planned, socially and professionally, allows you to work around when you’re busy and have free time.
At first glance when people look at a clown, they can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous they act, but beyond the make up, and the outfits, juggling is not easy. It’s easier to not be good at something, then it is to master. So furthermore, I respect their line of work and the skill that juggling has provided not only in my professional but in my personal life too.