The Muggle Life Juggle: 5 Tips for Surviving Nightlife with a Day Job
I talk a lot about juggling muggle life and nightlife, but I truthfully haven’t done it in years. I left my day job in fashion almost three years ago to pursue performing and nightlife more fully. Until recently, my 9-5 was 9pm to 5am. Now it seems I’m back to the muggle juggle.
I’ve been working early mornings at the gym as well as late nights at the club. The lack of sleep and stress of living out of my bag is all too real once again. Living in New York, schlepping around a bag all day is not a new endeavor, everyone does it. The struggle is needing to be up and out of the house by 7am. That’s the real shock to the system.
Finding the ability to be perky and motivational for a client when I myself am sleep deprived is challenging. I have never been a morning person, which is exactly why nightlife appeals to me so much. My body never really feels like it has hit its groove for the day until about 7pm. Once dusk falls, all the synapses begin firing.
The muggle life juggle cuts into the amount of sleep we get, which, in turn, affects not only our brain function but our ability to make healthy food choices and even our resting heart rate. When juggling a day job and nightlife, any amount of free time is precious. So, how do we set boundaries and allot enough downtime when most days start early and end late?
The key to juggling both worlds is in our ability to maximize free time by planning ahead.
These five simple things can help you do just that, and prepare you for success. The sleep however, comes on the weekends.
5 Tips for Surviving Nightlife with a Day Job
I can’t stress this one enough. So many of us skip meals or end up grabbing not so great food on the go. We just don’t have the time or money to sit down to a healthy meal. Or do we? Once or maybe twice a week depending on your ever-changing schedule, prep and cook for the week.
When your food is waiting in the fridge portioned out into grab n’ go Tupperware, there’s no need for that mid-day bag of chips. Trust me, I’ve been there. Plus, with all the adorable lunch bag options these days, why not save money and bring a delicious home-cooked meal with you?
Not sure what type of snacks to have in that bag? Grab my 5 Hustle Bag Must-Haves.
Let’s be honest, we both know you’re going to hit snooze in the morning until the last possible second you have to get out of bed. So why leave packing your gig bag, gym bag, or that oversized tote you call a purse for the morning. Not only will pre-packing your bag the night before leave you extra time in the morning, it will lessen the chance you’ll forget part of your costume or clean (not sweaty) underwear for after the gym. I completely forgot to pack my dress for a show once. Let’s not be that person.
If you aren’t scheduling your social media on Facebook or using a site like Plann, you need to be. Now. Life has enough time-sucking obligations, don’t let social media posts be one of them. Just like with meal prep, sitting down once a week and pre-planning your social media for the week is time-management at it’s best.
Promoting yourself regularly and consistently keeps you fresh in producers and client’s minds. You don’t want them to forget who you are, or to unsubscribe from your content because you don’t provide the service you promised.
The efficient and business savvy performer keeps all their important info in Google Drive. Maybe it’s content you can upload to your OF so it’s not taking up precious storage on your phone. If you’re a burlesquer and stripper, having set folders in your google drive with all your act music as well as current promo photos and a brief bio will make you a producer’s dream.
Now not only are you organized, you’re ready on the go to make money anywhere, anytime. No need to be home to access all your important info. And being organized makes you look profesh AF. Keep tabs on your inbox, you might just notice your bookings/clients increase.
Whether it’s once a month or once a week, pick a day and set it aside for yourself. Once you set a day, mark it on the calendar. This day is your day to spend how you choose, but it is yours. By blocking it off on the calendar like you would a gig, it’s now a part of your schedule. This ensures that even if you say “Yes!” to every opportunity that comes your way, a problem many of us have, you won’t have neglected the most important thing. You.