Gig work is a hot trend. Globally, gig work is becoming more popular than full-time jobs. While some people are better suited for uncertain work conditions than others; all gig workers can benefit from the following:
1. Time management: How to manage it effectively
The currency of gig workers is time, and gig work is by definition unstructured. Organizations are most interested in the result or product of their work. Therefore, they don’t necessarily monitor how you spend your time. You have to make the most of your time. It would help if you were not working across time zones and geographies. To ensure you continue producing high-quality work, it is important to have a routine.
2. Prioritizing clearly
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when working for multiple organizations or online platforms. Even if the work isn’t important, every piece of it becomes urgent. The client’s priorities will influence you if your priorities are unclear. It is essential to plan how to achieve the desired outcome, even if it is a single task.
3. Balance between work and pleasure
“Chasing the surge,” as some drivers do on certain apps, can lead to losing sight of what matters. The money or the work suddenly becomes more important than the relationships and the things you enjoy doing. The feast or famine principle in gig work means that you want to get the best out of every opportunity you have because you may not get it again. It is difficult to say no, and not over-commit. You can choose to find balance, but the parameters are up to you. Choose wisely.
4. Creating boundaries
Boundaries are crucial in all human interactions. You must set boundaries to ensure that others don’t take over your professional and personal space. It is essential to set expectations in gig work so that your personal space does not invade the client. You may be called at odd hours or pressured to meet a deadline. You will see others respect your boundaries and create boundaries for yourself. It could be as simple as not answering the phone or leaving messages while you eat.
5. Take care of your mental well-being
Gig work can lead to loneliness, isolation, anxiety, stress, and even depression. This is large because most gig work is done electronically, so there is little personal interaction. You may find yourself glued to your phone as you work on one piece of work and then move onto the next. Do not binge watch TV or play video games. Take time to meditate, disconnect from your phone, go on a walk in the woods, and get enough sleep.
6. Managing stress
Your body will respond to stress, whether it is financial anxiety or pending payments. Cortisol levels rise when you stress, which can cause high blood pressure and other metabolic problems. While a “eustress” can help you perform well, it can also lead to burnout if it becomes too much. It would help if you learned how to take breaks and engage in other activities that bring you joy. This will help keep the world in perspective. Do you need to worry about connectivity when you can work from a beach?
Quotes: “Learn how to take breaks and engage in other activities that bring you joy.” Do you need to worry about connectivity ?”
7. Healthy eating
Your body is your company as a gig worker. You must take care of your body by giving it the right nutrition. It is easy to eat junk food and drink a lot of coffee while working irregular hours. While both have their negative effects, we often forget that eating healthier makes us more productive.
8. A workout routine is a must.
Physical exercise is one of the first things that we give up when time is short. There are no excuses for being too tired. Moving can improve your mood and performance. It is important to get some exercise in, whether it be at the gym, yoga, or running.
9. Stay connected
It is easy to become overwhelmed by work and cut off your interaction with others. Digital and physical worlds are not interchangeable. Time is important for loved ones. Relationships and friendships must be nurtured with presence and attention. Spend time with friends, family, and gig workers who understand the struggles and joys of this work. This will make up for the loss of belonging to an organization and allow you to share your journey and experiences with people close to you.
Quotes: “The digital world and the physical world are not interchangeable.” Time is important for loved ones. Relationships and friendships require constant attention .”
10. Asking for help
Sometimes, it is difficult to overcome the overwhelm, isolation, or anxiety that comes with not knowing your career path. While your family and friends can support you in some ways and help you to overcome certain feelings, professional counselors or therapists can offer you an objective third party perspective that can give you the insight you need. Ask for help, and remember that you are not alone in these struggles.