An explanation, not an excuse

If you’re wondering why this blog has been so inconsistent in the past couple weeks, it’s because I’m working three jobs – four if you include my own business. Since the promotional and networking part of my business is not time I’m being paid for (including writing this blog), that stuff falls at the bottom of the priority list. Clients and employers are prioritized.

I continue to work about 10-15 hours a week fulfilling duties of my position as Regional Director for Let Me Run. The spring season just kicked off about 2 weeks ago, and in addition to supporting head coaches for this season, I am making contacts with new schools for the fall. This position utilizes my non-profit and program management, fundraising, and sales experience.

I also may have mentioned that I started a job at running retailer, Fleet Feet, back in January. I really enjoy it. I get to talk running all day while I help people find their best running shoes. Finally, two weeks ago, I started another position with Chicago Special Events Management. I am responsible for managing two new events: a flea market (with dates in June, July and August), and “Dogpalooza” which is a 5k with (or without) a dog and other activities for dogs and their humans scheduled for early September.

Special event creation and management is something I love to do and how I first became involved in non-profit work 23 years ago. This utilizes my creativity, good organizational skills, and a wealth of experience. This job offers the best rate of pay, but is also part-time and for now, temporary (through October). In spite of having three paid positions with reputable employers, I remain under-employed and still lack appropriate medical benefits (expect another rant about that coming in another blog post soon). So, the juggling act will continue.

Thankfully as all this ramped up, so did my commitment to organizing my time and creating some better habits. I wrote about my April Challenge a couple weeks ago. I can now report that I am doing really well. I have developed a great morning routine that helps me get everything done and out the door or at my desk at the right time. I completed all of my morning workouts (except two days when I had bad cold and sore throat) which also helps me stay focused and on task with everything else the rest of the day.

Working 50 hours a week, remaining focused and getting it all done may not seem like a big deal to you. It is to me. It’s huge and I’m really proud of myself for being able to keep all the balls in the air and move everything forward in the past few weeks. There’s more to this than just being organized or finding the discipline to manage my time a little better.  I will tell you more, but today my goal was to simply get a blog post published. So I’m going to stop here.

To be continued…

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Morning run. Near Belmont Harbor. Chicago, Illinois. April 2019.

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