*Cue 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton*
Do you feel like you “tumble out of bed” and “stumble to the kitchen” every time you wake up for your full-time job?
And we can’t forget pouring that “cup of ambition”.
By the time you get home all you want to do is crash on the couch and binge on Netflix. There’s not enough time in the day to work on your side hustle. You can work on it later anyway.
Feel free to keep approaching your side hustle like this if you want to. But if the dream is to eventually make profits from your side hustle, or better yet, make it your full-time income – you’re gonna have to hustle that side hustle.
Is that you, friend?
Well to be as efficient with your time as possible. Because we all only have the same number of hours. It’s the only thing that’s all equal.
you may not give it 20 or 30 hours a week, but you can still make it successful. As a productivity geek and time blocking fanatic – let me help ease some of the stress for you:
Set a Goal for Your Side Hustle & Terms for Success
It sounds “taboo” to say this but you can KEEP your side hustle a side hustle if you want to!
The beautiful thing about starting your business is you can make it anything that you want it to.
And no one can tell you otherwise.
As a CEO of three 6-Figure businesses – my goal is to continue to grow and expand because I pay for six salaries. But that’s what success looks like to me.
Do you want to retire in five years?
Do you want a side hustle to bring in some extra cash and keep your full-time job?
Everyone’s goals are different and that’s ok. But you have to define what success looks like for you. As long as your business aligns with the lifestyle you want – that’s all that matters.So before you make moves to grow this thing – think about the goals you are working towards.
Choose ONE Thing to Work on In Your Business
It might sound counterintuitive – but you won’t grow your side hustle the way you want to won’t happen unless you focus on one thing at a time.
Despite being someone who believes in hustle culture – I also believe in having minimalistic goals. As a side hustler, you’re getting the same advice as every other entrepreneur.
And it’s a lot whether you’re full-time or part-time. So choose one thing to grow in one thing and scrap the rest.
With all these expectations you might start to feel like when am I actually working on my business? Or when am I doing client work? Because I have to show up in all of these places.
I haven’t side hustled in a long time and that sounds overwhelming to me. So pick one thing and grow there. And then when you’ve mastered that, and it’s become less daunting, then you can go on and add another thing.
Your path to success might seem slower, but over time you’ll make much more progress.
Time Blocking and Organizing Your Day
Do you ever lay your head at night and think to yourself “Dang, I feel like I worked so hard today but I actually got nothing done that I wanted to”
Worst. Feeling. Ever.
That’s because we set ourselves up for failure by giving ourselves 15 to 20 todos per day. You and I both know that list is not getting done because it’s way too overwhelming.
Working full time you have to be even more intentional – because only so many of those hours can go towards working on your business.
So set yourself up for success.
The best part about time blocking is you can set it up any way you need to! Set increments of time for certain tasks and stick to those tasks.
For example, I have a whole afternoon in my calendar for creating Reels. Instagram Reels is something that moves the needle in my business so I make time for it.
The trick is remembering that less is more.
And trust me you’ll feel way more accomplished by finishing 2 out of 3 things on your list rather than 2 out of 15.
I personally like using the “Sticky Note Method”. This is a pretty common productivity hack but something you can do is put a sticky note on your desk with three things you want to get accomplished that day.
It helps me stay on task when my mind wanders and feels like it should be doing something else.
By the way – are you curious about time blocking best practices? I’ve got a WHOLE training on it right here!
Or if you need time blocking help specifically with your side hustle – my friend Karri Roberts has the perfect solution for you:
Yes, You Can Have a Successful Side Hustle While Working Full Time!
I know, I know this sounds like a copout answer at the end. Honestly though, sometimes people don’t feel successful because they aren’t making 6 figures with their side hustle like maybe someone else is. Or they don’t feel like they have enough time to get things done like they’d want to. Be an encouraged friend! Remember that your definition of success is up to you. Give yourself the grace to focus on one thing at a time and you’ll go farther than you think.
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I help creative business owners sustainably scale their business so they can create a thriving career and work-life balance.
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