Though I don’t talk about my full-time job much on my blog, my 8-5 is jam-packed as an in-house attorney. One of the many reasons I started Goldwill Digger was to release my creative juices pent-up from years of legal writing and contract drafting. With the additional deadlines and commitments as a blogger, it’s important to balance my full-time job, side hustle, and personal life.
- Organize and Write EVERYTHING Down. If it’s not written down, it doesn’t get done. I have been a devout planner user since middle school! I am on my fifth Erin Condren LifePlanner™, and the LifePlanner™ has made my hectic and daunting schedule manageable. With the vertical layout seen above, I divide my day into three sections, personal, blog, and fitness. I record ALL of my commitments, events, deadlines and to-dos pertaining to each area of my life in the appropriate section. Compartmentalizing each area of my day has vastly improved my time management and organization.
- Prioritize Your Time. Yes, you have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé, but it doesn’t always feel that way. At the beginning of 2017, I made a goal to work on my side hustle 10 hours per week. I had to figure out where to get these hours, and I was not giving up my sleep. I encourage you to do a self audit and figure out what activities in your life are time suckers. For me, it was mindless television. I cut the cord at the beginning of the year and magically found a few extra hours in my day!
- Wake Up Earlier. Ew. I know. After months of coming home drained after a full day of work and a workout, I flipped my schedule. Because fitness is important to me, I started working out in the morning a couple of days a week. I commit to myself to wake up early and write it down in my Erin Condren LifePlanner™. The changes to my schedule have freed up a couple of hours after work to focus on my side hustle. Maybe you work better early in the morning, so the few hours before your full-time job are the most productive.
- Be a Weekend Warrior. After a long day at your full-time job, how focused and productive are you at your side hustle? If you’re anything like me, you have a good 1-2 hours of focus, and then your brain turns to mush. I plan my larger tasks for the weekend where I can block 3-4 hours to tackle big projects. I allocate 1-2 hours a day during the week for answering emails, scheduling posts, and promoting content.
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Are you balancing your side hustle with a full time job? Do you have any tips that work for you? Leave me a comment below.