Working a full-time job while having a side hustle is not for the faint of heart. Whether you’re running a separate business or still building out your moneymaker, time is ever so precious when you side hustle. Here are a few of the techniques that help me to keep my sanity as I juggle my main hustle with my side hustle.
Make mornings count
I carve out time in the mornings before work to knock out at least one task. That could be answering an email, putting the finishing touches on my latest blog post or scheduling social media content for the day. Whether you’re an early riser or not, realize that your mornings set the tone for the day. So if you get going by knocking out one agenda item, you set the pace for a more productive day.
Hustle during your commute
I used to use my 40 minute commute to listen to music and zone out before work. Now I use it to get things done. Case in point: I am writing this blog post on the metro. If you drive to work and can’t make use of your hands, use this as a time for personal development, which is critical to the success of your side hustle. You can use the time to listen to a podcast or audio book. Side Hustle Pro guest Emmelie De La Cruz uses her commute time to record her blog posts and later has them transcribed. There are so many options. Whatever you do, don’t waste that precious window.
Be a loner at lunch
I know, I know, lunch time is the optimal time to see your work besties and get to network with other people in the company. But it’s also a great opportunity to get work done. I try to step outside of the office for at least 30 minutes every day to do some side hustle work. A solid 30 minutes of focused work really gets the job done.
It also helps to break up the day and reinvigorate me.
Scratch TV off the after work list
If you want to get more done, you have to give up the TV during the week. I recently ventured out to a new cafe after work (I’ve tried a few before) to shake up my side hustle routine and get more done. Would you believe I did two hours of focused work with only two quick breaks for social media? Instead of heading home to curl up on the couch with my favorite shows, I put myself in a business-like yet comfortable setting so I wouldn’t give in to the temptation to slack off. Without the temptation to slip under the covers or veg out on tv, you will find that you get a million times more things done. If you’re disciplined enough to do work from home, more power to you. Just set after work side hustle time and stick to it.
Don’t worry, you can still squeeze in TV on the weekends as a reward for getting things done.
Make weekends an ‘On Day‘
Speaking of weekends, here’s my philosophy on weekends: when you’re a side hustler, weekends count more than ever. Although I haven’t quite mastered the treat Saturday like a work day philosophy that Side Hustle Pro guest Joymarie Parker shared, I do block out at least two hours each day to work on my business and content on Saturday and Sundays.
With side hustling, I have found that it’s about quality not quantity. Focus on minimizing distractions and doing focused work, and you will accomplish a lot in 15-20 hours of side hustling each week. I also believe in the theory that tasks will expand to fill the amount of time you allot them. So if you give yourself 30 minutes to get a job done, you will be surprised how much you can accomplish with 30 minutes of focused work. If you give yourself four hours to do that same task, guaranteed it would take four hours and you will probably have spent the majority of it procrastinating and checking Facebook.
Make the minutes count, y’all. Happy side hustling.