Working as a server can be unpredictable. Unlike the stability of a standard nine-to-five office job, your schedule changes on a weekly basis. One week you might slotted to work four doubles, but barely get enough shifts to pay the bills the next. Consequently, this level of uncertainty makes it hard to enjoy a work-life balance.

Use these tips to maximize your time, so you can make the most of each day. There’s only so many hours in the day, so it’s important to use them wisely.

Create a Daily Schedule

Each morning, write down everything you need to accomplish for the day and organize tasks in manner that maximizes your time. Complete the most important items first, in case something pressing comes along that changes the course of your day. On days when you’re especially busy, delegate tasks to trustworthy family members, roommates or friends willing to assist.

Limit Use of Technology

Americans spend more than 11 hours per day using electronic media — such as the television, smartphone and Internet — according to Statista. Restricting your use of these devices can easily add hours back in your day. Set limits for yourself, so you can focus more on accomplishing things, instead of scrolling through snap stories.

Take Care of Yourself

You can’t operate at full capacity if you’re not feeling 100%. Following an unhealthy diet and getting minimal sleep will quickly wear you down, zapping your energy and causing you to get sick. Make time to prepare healthy meals and get a good night’s sleep, because if you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. You may need to sacrifice time from another activity to make this happen, but you’re well worth it.

Learn When to Say No

As a nice person, you always want to lend a helping hand when asked, but sometimes you just have to say no. Doing favors for others is great, but kindness can’t come at your own expense. If you already have too much on your plate, don’t feel bad about politely saying you can’t help out this time.

These techniques can certainly help you get a handle on your life, but if you’re ready to make some serious changes, there’s a much better option. An on-demand partnership with Waitron gives you the freedom to accept jobs when you’re ready to work and pass when you have other things on your agenda. We offer a truly flexible schedule, so you can make your life work.

Finding a server job offering a solid work-life balance and competitive pay isn’t easy, but Waitron isn’t your average employer. If you have experience in bartending, basic service, French service or catering, we want to hear from you. Contact us to learn more or get started today!