Time Tactics for Side Hustlers
Whether your full time job is working in an office or taking care of the kids, finding time to move your side hustle business forward can be, well. . . hard. Long days at work can sap your energy and trying to work again on your side hustle may seem nearly impossible.
Wait! Don’t give up yet. . .
Tons of people have turned side hustles in to full-time work. I’m personally convinced that it is totally possible with a healthy dose of planning. Might you have to become completely neurotic about your schedule? Yeah. Might you have to give up some things? Sure. But think about that delicious feeling you will have when hand in your two week notice.
Here are some tips that will help you to get your time management in order. (I’ve kept it short – I know you don’t have a lot of time to read.)
Tip #1: Create a Financial Vision
If you want to take your biz from side hustle to full time, there is definitely a financial component to consider. You need a financial vision.
While you are working your side hustle, you are making your salary, plus your side hustle. J Money, the founder of www.budgetsaresexy.com, reminded me of this in an interview I did with him recently for the Savvy Solopreneur series. When you shift from a full time job + a side hustle to ONLY your side hustle, you are losing a good chunk of your income. Planning for that is important.
Look at your budget and see where you need to be in order to comfortably support yourself on a side-hustle-only income. That is your financial vision. Keeping this in front of you will help you to make better decisions on what tasks to invest your time in.
Tip #2: Automate Where You Can
Technology has made life so much easier for side hustlers. In fact, there are tons of things that you can automate in your biz. You can free up loads of time to work on other parts of your business with the limited amount of time that you do have.
What can you automate? Blog posts, social media, newsletters, and even payments and invoicing can all be set up ahead of time. Check out free tools like www.hootsuite.com and Aweber.com that will help you to save time on a monthly basis.
Tip #3: Plan Tomorrow Today
I love this quote from Paula Rizzo, author of Listful thinking, “Before I go to bed I make a list of everything I need to do the next day. It helps me hit the ground running when I get up in the morning. The more planning you can get done the night before the better.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Come up with a short list of things that need to get done and schedule them based on the amount of time you will have to work. Done.
Tip #4: Don’t Work Every Day
You. Need. Rest.
When you have a side hustle that you are passionate about it can be really tempting to try to work every single day. Don’t. Please don’t. Over time, you will see changes in your levels of productivity and creativity that are simply not good for your biz. Take time off. Get a massage. Go for a run or get to the gym. You’ll be glad you did.
Tip#5: Work at Your BEST Time
There are those of us who are morning people (me!) and those of us who aren’t. Schedule your side hustle work at the time you are the MOST efficient. Me, that means mornings. You, maybe late night.
Krishna Solanki, a digital designer, wrote, “If you are able to plan your time wisely it will make you more efficient. Efficiency drives motivation as you can see you are progressing and that’s exactly what you want. Some people will find that they work better in the morning, others will work better in the evening once the family is in bed! Find what works for you and plan your tasks around that.”
Tip #6: Become a Sprinter
Most times, entrepreneur coaches will tell you that building a biz is a marathon. That’s a great vision if you have tons of time to invest in your business. If you are a side hustler, I bet you will do better if you think in terms of sprints.
Here’s what I mean – take each project that you need to get done for your biz and break it into small sections that can be done in increments of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes and one hour. Those are your sprints. When you schedule your side hustle work in sprint mode, you save on your energy and your productivity will soar. Love to hear how this works for you! Lemme know.
Managing your side hustle workload doesn’t have to be exhausting – at least not ALL the time. Try these tips and get your workload under control.
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