What I’ve Learnt about Stewardship and juggling between two jobs
Someone once asked me, “Isn’t being a creative one of the most dangerous things?” So I asked him why and he continued to say that because we as creatives have the tendency to do things that we only feel and also only when we feel like it, which could mean deadlines are not met because we didn’t feel like working last night. True as I knew it was I got a little defensive because I felt like he was trying to imply that we are lazy and I made it clear to him that in the event that you have a deadline you just push yourself to complete the task at hand even when you don’t feel like it.
Fast forward, eight months or so, I have found myself in a position where I have had to make the defense I gave practical. With two blogs to feed with content as often as possible, working as a Quality Assurance Analyst, IT ops, creating websites and a tone of other personal projects I am running on the side, I can assure you this, maintaining a balance between all these things has not been easy and now something that I so quickly rushed to defend, I have found myself now taking a lot more time pondering on it.
One of the things I have learnt is, I love writing, I also have a great passion for fashion and so I love to write about fashion. I also vent and rant a lot through writing and that’s how this blog was born. Naturally these two natural abilities will always call for my attention even without trying. I literally wake thinking oh what I’m I writing about, what I’m I envisioning or planning in terms of my style, both of which are so effortless it doesn’t even feel like a task I have to do plus I feel really passionate about.
The problem however is that if I don’t tame myself I end up going on and on and on and end up forgetting my other responsibilities in the office which mean trouble with the boss. After doing this for a while I realized once I got started with these two babies I was having trouble transitioning from these tasks to my formal obligations in the office which meant a lot of work went undone throughout the day until I felt like it :)
Needless say I had to come up with a better way to deal with it. So one other thing I have come to learn along this journey is that, many time why we don’t progress even in our own endeavors is because we are not faithful even with the little that is entrusted to us that belongs to others. The principle of stewardship. I was reading from a certain article and this writer demonstrated the four principles of stewardship starting our responsibility accountability and reward. And one of the verses he quoted from the Good book Col 3:23–24 really stood out for me saying “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” When you are faithful with other peoples property, you are not only able to take great care of your own property but you are also elevated to a place of greater responsibility with your own property. Its a principle. I am trying so hard not to preach but you can also refer to the Parable of the Talents.
After pondering much on this I decided I would start my days differently. I set my most difficult tasks which are my office duties to be the first and most important thing I would do in the day and I wouldn’t move from it until I was completely done. Doing this not only helped my shoulders feel light weighed as I was prioritizing but I also realized setting a challenge to start my day was building much muscle in me to handle lighter and less demanding tasks through out the day. To be quite honest it felt like a light bulb moment. Its like doing rocket science then attending a science contest, how easy right?
This allowed me to prioritize which also meant more tasks were getting done through out the day unlike having a million things to do then pacing half way through all of them with the hope that everything gets done.
With that being said I am able to now have everything I plan for well done by the end of the day and although it is still superbly challenging as responsibilities seem to increase every other day, I can confidently say I am now able to well juggle between two to three jobs in a day. Not perfect but I am trying.
Originally published at cikukibandi.wordpress.com on February 24, 2016.