Waitressing, at the best of times, can be a super hectic job. You spend hours of your day on your feet running around like a mad woman, desperately trying (and hopefully succeeding) to satisfy your customers and make their meal memorable.

Although it is a classic job for students, waitressing is a job which is held down by people of all ages and demographics. It is a fast-paced and stressful job which requires a certain degree of good time management to be successful in. If you lead a hectic lifestyle, it can be hard to make waitressing fit your schedule. For example, if you are a student, you will need to fit it around your studies, or if you are a parent you will need to fit it around your parenting duties.

Whatever your reason for feeling a bit run down, here are three ways you can make your waitressing job fit a little better around your schedule –

#1: Speak to Management

First off, the most useful way you can help your job become a little more manageable is by speaking to your management team. If you are finding that you are being given shift patterns which collide with your other commitments, tell them!

Most good managers will be more than willing to help their staff out with timetabling issues and get them resolved. After all, most managers would rather work with their waitresses to resolve problems, as they do not want to run the risk of losing staff over such a trivial problem. Although the restaurant industry does require some flexibility on the part of the wait staff, be open and honest with your manager and give them exact times and dates when you cannot work, period.

However, another way of combatting or avoiding this issue is to avoid jobs that have strict management, or unchangeable timetables. Temp agencies for example are a lot more flexible, as you don’t have one direct employer. Visiting sites like www.staffheroes.co.uk/employee/temp-jobs/waiter-waitress-jobs/ might be useful, as they will give information on how to sign up and apply. Most of the time these types of agencies allow you to pick your own hours.

#2: Keep Management in the Loop

The second way to make your waitressing job fit your schedule, again, revolves around management. If you know you are going to be busy for a few days next month, you should let them know straight away so that they can make the necessary allowances and avoid having to re-do the rotas.

Perhaps you have an important exam coming up or are taking the kids away for a weekend break? As soon as you know you have something coming up, tell your manager! If you are planning a weekend break, it is good practice to speak to management beforehand so that they can confirm that you can have the desired time off.

#3: Learn to Manage Time Better

Time management skills are extremely important for those of us who work in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Often, our shifts can change with short notice or we are put on back-to-back shifts which wipe out entire weekends – it’s just the nature of the job!

One way to alleviate the stresses which come with working in such a hectic industry is to learn, develop, and practice time management skills. You should always strive to ensure all your other obligations (such as household chores and university work) are done well in advance of shifts. That way, your post-shift time is your own time and your schedule will be less interrupted and impacted by sudden demands from your job or changes in shift pattern.

Waitressing is a hectic job which requires a certain individual. The hours are long, the work can be very tiring and sometimes the customers can be awful. On top of all this, you do not want your job to interfere with your schedule and make your non-work life hard. By speaking and cooperating with management and developing some basic time management skills, waitressing can be a job which fits any kind of schedule.