252: 7 Side Hustle Tips for Side Hustling When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

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252: 7 Side Hustle Tips for Side Hustling When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

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I’m sharing another Best Of Side Hustle Pro episode this week! This episode is filled with 7 tried and true side hustle tips for side hustlers who don’t have a lot of time.

Being a new mom has reminded me of the side hustle mindset and all the principles that led me to be in a position of making the most out of the time that I have.

The key to the side hustle life is learning how to get a lot done with not a lot of time. I did it before (and am beginning to get back into doing it again) and you can too! 

In this episode, I’m taking you through my seven tried and true tips that helped me run an effective side hustle. 

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Working when you have a fresh burst of inspiration, you know those times when you know stuff just hits you where you have to like, grab your notebook and a pen to take notes. here listening to side hustle Pro, the podcast that teaches you to build and grow your side hustle from passion project to profitable business. And I'm your host, Nicaila Matthews Okome. So let's get started.

Hey, guys, it's Nicaila here. And this is the last best of side hustle pro episode for this May. And I really hope you enjoy this episode. So fun fact, this episode was recorded last July, I released it last July. And this was when I was getting back into my side hustle group after coming back from maternity leave. So this was what I was doing to help me get focus and be able to manage and juggle all the new things on my plate while also being affected. And I go back to this episode. So I was actually planning to release a different episode, because there's so many to choose from, it was so hard to pick, you know, the five throwbacks for this month, but I was gonna release a different episode. Then I started listening to this, and I was so in, like, encouraged and you know, just felt like Yeah, yeah, that does work. And yeah, that I was like, You know what, I have to share this one this week. So I hope it's really helpful for you guys to go through my process of, you know, my best side hustle tips for what helps me to side hustle. And I also hope that you will take advantage of the freebie that my team just finished designing. It's called the 12 week goal getter workbook. And you've heard me talk about my 12 weeks sprint process, which has been my tried and true since 2016. Yeah, I stick to this. I love this. This is how I structure my mindset. Basically, I tried to set a series of goals 12 weeks at a time, aka three months at a time, a quarter at a time. And for you to get into the flow, I realized that you know, you probably want to test it out first for free. So I have this freebie for you. And it's really pretty you guys, I'm really proud of what my team design shout out to Shirley, my web designer. So basically, you can download this, you can print it, and you can plot out your own goals for the next 12 weeks, you can do your own 12 week sprint, you can really just see how it is to visually plan out your life. And do this you guys for the next 12 weeks. Do me a favor, get this freebie, go over to side hustle pro.co slash goals, right? Get the freebie download it, use it. And then hit me up after 12 weeks and let me know how it went. Because I really want you to see the power of visualizing writing down and then going after your goals in this short period of time rather than stretching it out over a year to this shortened period of time and you will get so much more done. I promise you all right. So again, it's status quo.co slash goals for this freebie. And now I'm going to go ahead and get into this rewind for you guys. All right, enjoy. Hey guys, welcome welcome back to the show. It's Nick Taylor here with a another isolation quarantine episode special. So how are you guys doing during this whole COVID pandemic and quarantine Anyway, let me know hit me up on it or in the comments. Or just email highest science products, the Oh would love to know how things are going for you. If you have a side hustle or business, how they have impacted it, how you're bouncing back all that good stuff. As for me, I told you last week that I have been easy my way back into working on the podcast and my programs, as you know. So lately it has been this awesome period of reflection, going down memory lane and revisiting all the side hustle principles that helped me when I was just certified side hustler. Because when I was working full time at NPR, and working on side hustle pro On nights and weekends, I lived a completely different lifestyle than the one that I lived once I became a full time entrepreneur. And that's not to say that either one was easier or better. But each time the balance was different. And now that I have this a new full time job of being a mom, the side hustle mindset is coming back to me and it's it's just more more important than ever before. So I decided to share some of my tried and true techniques that have helped me over the years to be a side hustle queen who gets her ish done. Okay, so here are my seven tips. For getting things done, when you do not have a lot of time, that is the key to the side, hustle life, I get it. We all do not have a lot of time, we are all busy for a myriad of reasons. So now let's get into these tips. And I really, really hope that you apply them and that they help you because they really helped me and they're helping me to get back into work mode. Now that I've had kit.

So, tip number one. Some of y'all may already know this, you may have already heard this one. But it is so important. It's worth repeating. I've made it number one. Tip number one is you have to focus on one thing a day. What do I mean by this? So instead of writing your to do list, like many of us love to do many of the guests here that they love to do, I have a different spin on this, okay? Instead of writing a to do list filled with seven to 10 things that you want to get done for the day, really do an audit of that list, narrow it down to the one most important thing you need to get done that day, and only focus on that. That's right, I said, only focus on that one thing. You might be saying, All right, but Michaela, I'm Queen of multitasking. I can get multiple things done. What do you mean one thing a day? How will I ever accomplish anything? Just doing one thing a day? I gotta do this. I gotta do that. pause, pause, just try it. Because my question to you, is this. Be real with me? How is it working out for you now? How is it working out for you? Is your current process working? Or is there room for improvement? If there's room for improvement, if you're listening to this episode, I encourage you to try out this process. Because if you're finding that you're setting these big goals, but not achieving them, it's time to narrow down that list. force yourself to only do one thing. For example, I often want to respond to every single email in my inbox, I also want to run some errands, I want to record an episode. Today is one of those days, for example, we finally got the baby settle down in for the day. And I need to run to the post office to ship something out. I also need to you know, grab something from CVS really quickly. However, the most important thing on my to do list is recorded episodes. So that is my one thing for today. The other things will get done somehow. I know they always do. But when I focus on getting that one thing done, the major thing gets done. And since the most important things episode, I'm going to pause the errands, I'm going to allow my inbox to accumulate. And I'm going to handle my episode outline and record it. And what I found about this tip, and this practice is that it keeps me focused on the right things. It keeps me centered on the actions that move my business forward. If you have a side hustle that you want to generate revenue from, that means you have to focus on the revenue generating activities. And usually those activities require so much focus that things that you really want to do have to fall by the wayside. And I don't say really like you're dying to respond to emails, or you're dying to do these other errands you have to run. But it's going to require you to get uncomfortable, and having areas of your life where you're not winning, where you're not an A plus. And that's something that I fall out of step with sometimes. But when I really get back into my grind, I get back into that being comfortable with not being an A plus in every single area mindset. And by the way, I tried to make that one thing, the hardest thing, right, the thing that I'm kind of dreading, but I know needs to get done. So when you do that, once it's done, it's done and you can make room, you know, you can even just have a light test the next day because the major thing you need to get done that week has been done, you knocked it out in the beginning of the week. So your turn focus on only one thing. Try it let me know how it goes. Let me know how this week and your focus this week changed from last week. Okay, now let's get into tip number two.

So tip number two is don't waste time beating yourself up for not getting things stuff just recalculate A lot of times when we get into the zone, and we're like, Okay, I'm going to do this. As soon as we mess up as soon as we get into an unproductive zone, it vessel might last a day might last several days, it might last several weeks. And the reason it will last several weeks is because you allowed yourself to beat yourself up you allowed yourself to wallow and you cannot do that. You just simply you can't like what has worked for me this tip of not focusing on what I didn't get done has been extremely helpful. It's almost like I put on the blinders. Like I pretend it doesn't It's like, Alright, let's recalculate. So it's bound to happen, you set that one goal, that one thing you want to do for the day, and it doesn't get done. Instead of crying about spilled milk, your bounce back game has to be really, really strong. When you side hustle, you have to be ready to rearrange that schedule, move everything around, do not. So try to then do two things the next day, okay, we're still sticking to our one thing. So that means you're gonna have to shift everything over a day. So let's say the thing that you meant to do on Monday, you didn't get done, that moves to Tuesday, the thing that was supposed to be for Tuesday, moves to Wednesday, and so forth, and so forth, you'll still end up having to do the things you were meant to do, they're just going to be a little bit delayed, move everything over a day, this will allow you to get your ish done. And it also will keep you focused enough to do things on its designated day. Because when you're tempted to skip doing something, you're gonna realize, oh, if I don't do it today, then I got to shift everything over a day or this deadline is today, if I don't do it today, then I got it. You know, there's going to be an extra day late because now I got to do the thing I didn't do yesterday, and so forth, and so forth. So think about it. When you make a wrong turn. Does your GPS tell you to pull over and beat yourself up? Because you made a wrong term? No, no, not at all right? It just recalculates. Same thing with how I want you to approach design also life, if you don't get something done, recalculate, do not for one second spend time beating yourself up. Okay?

Tip number three, work in the environment that makes you feel most productive. So everyone needs a different type of environment to be productive. Some people like it really quiet. Some people need that noise that to hear that energy around them for a bustling coffee shop or something, figure out the circumstances that make you work at your highest capacity. So is it a certain nook of your living room, or inside a home office that you've created for yourself? Is it inside of a closet is you know, in your kitchen, even the bathroom, wherever it is, find what that productive zone is for you, especially now that we're indoors, it's even more critical that we figure out what that nook in our home is going to be? And then I want you to analyze even more? What are the conditions present in this environment that make me feel most productive? Was it the stillness of a certain hour the light coming through the window? Or just the fact you can't hear anything? Or the fact that you can hear things? Or you know, the acoustics of that particular room? What is it that made it a place where you could get work done? And what else did you do in that place? That helps you to create that sense of productivity for yourself? Did you make yourself a cup of coffee and sit there did you start playing a certain type of music, pay attention to all of that, and here's why. You might not always get to be in the same exact environment all the time when you need the side hustle. But do your best to set aside time to do your work in that environment, or create that environment know what you need to do to create that environment. So when you can't physically be in that environment, whenever you need to do work, then try to recreate that environment in other places when you can't be in your number one. So that's why it's important to look for the trigger that makes you feel like you can be productive in that environment just and look for that trigger and then bring that trigger to the other places where you're trying to recreate that environment. So for example, I love sitting down with a cup of tea. When I'm getting ready to you know, focus like that is like a trigger for me like it is it is time to focus I said now my cup of tea in my pretty little mug, like you know, I like to be surrounded by pretty creative looking things. And that just makes me feel like I'm in a creative space and not in my tiny closet office that I've created. Right I could easily be feeling like I'm just in a cramped office with lots of boxes, but I've created a space with curtains I'm actually I'll show you guys my space when I finally finished decorating it but you know I make I have curtains I have some artwork and I have I have a diffuser and I brought in my coffee mug. So do what you need to do to create that environment. Okay. Hey guys, it's Nicaila here with a quick word from our sponsors. Speaking of side hustling you guys, imagine starting a business with millions of customers already on your website. That is exactly what Amazon FBA is for Fulfillment by Amazon. So FBA is a program that Amazon started where they lent their entire fulfillment network to their sellers. That means they pick they pack and they ship your products, handle returns and customer service. All the hard stuff. And did you know that over 51% of sales on Amazon come from sellers or people just like you and me doing Amazon FBA? That's right. And helium 10 is an all in one software tool for entrepreneurs to help them start build and grow that FBA business on Amazon. So helium 10s. Cutting Edge software, it makes it easier to find a winning product, convert more visitors and then grow your business on Amazon. Helium 10 has over 1 million users worldwide. It tracks over 2 billion products on Amazon. And it has over 30 tools to help you research start and manage your business on Amazon. So you can sell on the number one ecommerce platform and then with helium 10. You learned the right way to sell on Amazon from the start. And you get the number one A through Z amazon seller course to help jumpstart your business that sounds like a win to me. So what are you waiting for? Start your own journey and build your business on Amazon today. Helium 10 is a must have and side hustle for listeners you know you have a special offer. So status pro listeners get 50% off their first month of helium 10 Platinum when you go to helium ten.com and use code hustle pro at checkout. Again, that's heliumten.com. And use code hustle pro to get 50% off your first month of helium 10 Platinum, do not wait over to helium ten.com. Right now I use code hustle Pro.

So guys, I know we have been talking about side hustling and goals this whole episode. But I know that sometimes something else can prevent us from achieving our goals. So for example, I know for me when I'm not in a good mental space, that's when I have trouble powering through and getting work done. In order to get to a better place. Sometimes I need to talk through my feelings and thoughts with a licensed professional. And just make sure I'm in a good place and taking care of my mental health. And if you don't know, better help offers professional counseling done securely online. So here's how it works. Better help will assess your needs. And then they'll match you with your own licensed professional therapist. And then you can contact them and connect in a safe and private online environment. And you can start communicating in under 48 hours. to note this is not a crisis hotline. But that said you can send a message to your counselor anytime and get timely and thoughtful responses. Plus, you can schedule weekly video or phone sessions. Also, and this is a big one better help is committed to facilitating great therapeutic matches. So they make it easy for you to change counselors free of charge if needed. Okay, and it's more affordable than traditional offline counseling and financial aid is available. So you can check this out. It's available for clients worldwide. And as a side hustle pro listener, you'll get 10% off your first month by visiting better help calm slash hustle Pro. Again, visit our sponsor better help calm slash hustle pro to get 10% off your first month. And that's better help H e LP comm slash hustle Pro. Tip number four also work during the time when you're most productive. I have recently had to flip this right I used to be most productive in the morning or the afternoons when I was initially signed off sleep. Now with my baby, I'm most productive at nighttime when he goes to sleep. So just like you have an environment and conditions that foster your productivity. You also have a certain windows of the day when you're the most productive. And it's up to you to decide what that is. So like I said, I have more clarity right now in the evenings when he's asleep. I don't have to think about his next move what he needs. When I'm pumping all of that I have mental stillness and clarity come over me and my schedule is more relaxed. When I was side house in an MPR it was a different story. I wanted as much of my evenings to myself as possible. So when I wasn't recording an episode, I would try to do the bulk of my work during lunch hour or immediately after work. So this also includes working when you have a fresh burst of inspiration. You know those times when you know stuff just hits you where you have to like grab your notebook and a pen to take notes or grab your phone and like quickly start jotting down a note to yourself. If you have the ability to stop what you're doing, stop what you're doing during those moments and spend a little bit of time working because those bursts of energy and inspiration are priceless. They are clutch and they will also help you to move your side hustle forward so capitalize on those moments now. I eventually, I'm still working on making mornings my most productive time, but haven't quite accomplished that just yet. So stay tuned, I'm still not a 5am girl. So I am up at that time with the baby, I am not at work at 5am type just yet. I'll let you know if that changes.

Tip number five, write down your why. So one of the things that I did a lot, when I first started side hustling was I always used to write down my dreams. And I'm getting back to that now, I would have notebooks just scattered pieces of paper all over the place where I would just, you know, sometimes we would do these exercises, and write down where we want to be. And I still have those pieces of paper. And I still have those entries in my notebooks. And I've kept those notebooks. And it's amazing to look back at those things. Because a lot of those things have come true. When I've said I want to start the podcast that was initially a dream, written down on a piece of paper, I want to you know, have this amount of downloads, I want to interview amazing inspiring women, I want to be on TV, I want to everything, everything that I can possibly think of, and those things actually come true, you're they actually come true not by some miracle, but because once you put it on paper, you're more likely to work towards it. And you have like that anchor in your face, whenever you go back to why am I doing this? Why am I up late at night? You know, why am I going through this mundane routine, it feels like I'm doing the same thing over and over again and not seeing results, you look back on your why. And it really, really just gives you that extra push. So your reasons your why that's gonna be different than someone else's, it's gonna be different than my why it's gonna be different, okay, but still make it a point to ground yourself and remind yourself what your why is over and over again, you can even record audio notes to yourself. So you can listen back to yourself and be reminded in your own passionate voice, right. And this goes back to to when you get a burst of inspiration, record yourself talking through that idea that just came to you. Because it is there's nothing like listening back to yourself in a moment when you might be down or you might be lost. Or you might be you know, just having a block a mental block and just feel stuck. And you listen back to the passion, in your own voice, talking about what your y is, that is going to really get you going. And this was extremely helpful for me in times when I was frustrated, or wondered what was the point of me working on something when I could just be you know, watching TV after work like every day, like what why am I doing this second job every day, those audio notes that I did those notebook entries that I did were really, really helpful.

Tip number six, evaluate your progress regularly. So the reason I also write things down is because you're able to look back and see your process. Also, I would keep my daily action items somewhere where I can see it whether you know there are times when I would use a physical notebook, there are times when I would just use my phone, calendar, whatever works for you. So currently, I'm back to liking using notebooks or, or a physical planner. And I just really liked setting it out. And I like writing in pencil. So instead of seeing like a whole bunch of cross that pen entries and you know, just I feel like cluttered, anything creates a cluttered mind. So a pencil, though it's not perfect, allows me to kind of have a clean slate when I have to move things over, rather than seeing things all crossed out. So that's what I like to do when I use a physical notebook or planner. And be sure you are looking back over the things you checked off. Take inventory at the end of the week, at the end of the month. How much did you get done? When did you get it done? what worked, what didn't work and the productive feeling you get when you get in the zone. And you see yourself checking off goals consistently each week, checking off action items that is going to propel you to great heights that's gonna put that battery in your back to keep going. Knowing that okay, I'm in my zone, I'm going to accomplish any goals that I write down because you also get a sense of what are realistic goals. You are getting a sense of how you need to break your goals down so you actually get things done. I'm a big proponent of focusing on one thing focusing on even trying to do one hour a day is going to propel you forward. And when you see what happens when you stay consistent, and check off your one thing a day and how much you accomplish with just one thing. You are going to take it seriously. So you're going to come back to me you're going to be like Michaela, you were right the seven to 10 action item to do list. They just are not the way I'm telling you this one works, you're gonna take it seriously, you're gonna do your one thing a day everyday though, that's the key. And that one thing a day is going to add up too many things a week, a month, a year, and so forth. So last tip, tip number seven, create milestones to keep you motivated. This was one of my favorite favorite parts. So I'm a dreamer. I love to daydream about where I'm going to be. I visualize myself on TV multiple times before the today's show ever called right. So I am that type of person. And I like to write those things down because it keeps me motivated. And I'm not talking about like, just results or, you know, accolades or anything like that. But milestones that you want to reach. So things I also wrote down were things like, I want to create my own online course, I want to pitch sponsors, I want to book sponsors for the show, I want to speak at XYZ conferences. I want to be on a major TV show, I want to save this much of my earnings. I want to earn this many downloads, whatever your milestones are, again, it's gonna be different for you. But set those milestones, write those milestones down because they will keep you motivated. You know, when you hit one, you're like, Okay, all right, now it's time to try to hit this next one. It keeps you going. This practice keeps you looking forward to something. This practice keeps you ambitious and not complacent. And also, this practice allows you to celebrate your wins, rather than taking things for granted or downplaying your accomplishments. So, let's recap all of these tips. Real quick. Tip number one, focus on one thing a day. Tip number two, don't waste your time beating yourself up for not getting things done, just recalculate. Tip number three, work in the environment that makes you most productive. Tip number four, work during the time when you're most productive. Tip number five, write down your why. Tip number six, evaluate your progress regularly. And tip number seven, create milestones to keep you motivated.

Thanks for listening to today's episode, if you have any more questions about how I was able to side hustle while working at NPR for two years, then quit my job to work for myself as a full time podcaster and marketer, I created a program that teaches you how to level up your side hustle in 12 weeks. It's called the goal getter action plan. And you can get it over at side hustle product co slash go getter. I walk you through how to set realistic goals using a 12 week cycle process and how to break it out month by month, week and day. I also share strategies of how to ensure you don't get stuck in that rabbit hole of overthinking and analysis paralysis because we do not have time for that we have to break out of that. So this action plan will get you on your way to establishing a real routine that moves your side hustle forward. This is the process that has worked for me now for over four years. I still use it to this day, it still gets me on the right track whenever I fall off and need to recalculate one thing about this process. It doesn't involve anything complicated. It's not rocket science. It's all things you're capable of doing but haven't been doing. It's excuse and procrastination repellent. Okay, there's nothing you can do to not succeed at this. If you truly listen to all the modules follow all the steps, it will get you together in a realistic way. So definitely check out the goal getter action plan over at side hustle pro.co slash goal getter for details on how to set up your own 12 week sprint process to manage your side hustle while working a busy full time job. This process literally saved my side hustle life is literally saving my life right now. And it's also encouraging me at a time where I feel sometimes like I don't recognize myself, you know, I'm like, how do I how do I get back? And I told you last week, I'm not getting back. I'm shifting. But this go getter action plan is allowing me to shift gracefully because it provides you so much room to do things in a realistic way and give yourself grace and still get things done. So I love it. I love it. I love it. And I can't scream it from the rooftops enough because that's why I'm able to do this. Alright, so there you have it guys. I hope this episode was so super helpful for you and that it will contribute to you live in your best, most productive side hustle live during this COVID isolation and be on. Talk to you next week.

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