FIVE WAYS TO MANAGE A FULL TIME JOB AND A SIDE HUSTLE
I can't sugar coat this.
Balancing a side hustle with a full-time job is hard as shit, but It's also accurate that everything worth having requires a bit of an "elbow grease".
If you're at a place where the days are getting shorter and your tasks seem longer, I can relate. I've been to a point where blogging felt like a dreadful job rather than a creative outlet because what I envisioned became nearly impossible to manifest with a "9 to 5".
But with a lot of self-discipline and a hunger for success (of course I have my self-sabotaging days) I've managed to somewhat balance out my side hustle with having full-time job by using the strategies below.
1. WAKE UP EARLIER
It's true that early bird gets the worm! I know this is easier said than done but I promise it gets better.
Forming the habit of waking up about two hours prior to your typical routine will allow you to set a motivating tone for your day. I find that prepping for what's to come while the world is still asleep gives me a boost of confidence. So wake up as early as you can, grab your cuppa and work on your craft before you're pulled in different directions.
2. BE ORGANIZED
If you try to schedule anything with me, 90% of the time I will tell you that I'd have to check my planner!
Judge me all you want but in a world this digital world, being able to mark my calendar and physically view my schedule is so efficient and satisfying to me. I can't stress enough how important it is to be organized, whether you're part of the daily planner community or not. Create a to-do list for starters, break them into chunks and set deadline.
3. BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR GOALS
Setting unattainable goals is a recipe for disaster.
Instead of biting off more than you can chew, remind yourself that your goals fit into your schedule and not the other way around. I find it easier to achieve things when I have a checklist of three-five realistic goals per day. When you set unrealistic goals, it starts to feel more like an unproductive chore than something you enjoy. As much as we love overachieving, remember that other factors also play in your life.
So don't drain or set yourself up for failure – relax and take care of things at a reasonable pace.
To reiterate on the strategies mentioned, it's important to also prioritize them.
What's important versus what's urgent to you? Again, write a list of things you need to complete and jot down things that must be done today. I am the queen of vison boards, planners and sticky notes because these are what help me with prioritizing and visualizing.
Nonetheless, do what works best for your lifestyle!
5. HAVE THE WILL
Any blogger would tell you that not every day is peachy, but the majority of us stick to this because it's genuinely what we love. Beyond the PR packages and sponsored posts, being able to create really feeds our souls.
So whatever your side hustle is, make sure you'd enjoy doing it if there were no profits included. Yes money does pay the bills but making sure you aren't miserable doing something out of free will is just as important for your mental health.