Do you feel the need to work on your side hustle but just can’t find the time to make any progress? This is a very common feeling in our stressful world, but with a few simple changes you can carve out more for the projects that really matter to you!
We all have the same 24 hours like Oprah and Beyonce but sometimes those hours just don’t feel enough. As a result, we reduce our sleep hours (bad idea) or try to multitask even more (also bad).
What we need instead is to become aware of the problem and decide to apply small changes to finally work on our important side projects!
1. Keep a ToDo List
I know this sounds so super trendy and hip but it’s not about the technology, it’s about the system. I don’t care what super productivity app you use and what you think is the best, as long as you at least keep track of your todos and sort them accordingly.
There’s an infinite amount of different tools, apps and systems you could use but the truth is that you are unique in the way you live, work or like to get things done.
Over the last years I tried different systems, and they have to apply to your current life situation to be useful.
The most basic form I would recommend right now is to keep your list either inside the Todoist App or in a little Journal (I use the Bullet Journal system), depending if you enjoy technology or like to stay classic.
2. Get up earlier
“He just said reducing sleep is bad and now I should get up earlier?”
Getting up earlier also comes with the natural need to go to bed earlier. So no changes to the duration, just a shift of times. And why?
First of all, I’m a big fan of having a morning ritual (if you are interested in mine, just leave a comment!).
If you start your day relaxed and happy, almost nothing can shock you and you are prepared for an awesome, productive day.
But getting up earlier also gives you time to work on your important side project before any sorrow of the day can start. Maybe you can work 30 or even 60 minutes in the morning uninterrupted before the rest of your family gets up.
Just give it a try, the feeling of having already accomplished important work before you even arrive at your day job feels amazing.
3. Schedule Your Week Ahead
Even if you still have a job you can plan the time slots next to your work! The Sunday is a great time to look at the achievements of the previous week (do you already keep a weekly journal?) and also to look ahead what’s next.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin
We have to block times in our day to actually take the time for our own tasks, otherwise we fall back to browsing cat gifs and our Facebook feed for the 100th time.
Of course the biggest part of your day might already be taken by your job, but if you get up earlier there’s already one additional slot every morning.
If you can add some more slots during the week or weekend you will be astonished by the progress you have made after a few weeks. Break your projects down to small achievable steps and go one step at a time.
4. Reduce Your Time Spent on X
Facebook, Netflix, gaming.. We all have stuff we “waste” time on. I don’t recommend being cruel to yourself, you definitely deserve to take time out and just relax!
But we all can find times in our day where we could be more active instead if consuming the stuff other people create.
If you can just get 1 additional hour each day by prioritising your time, you will make huge progress over time. Over the course of a month this would already add up to at least 20 hours of additional time spent on your side project (if you only count workdays).
I know this sounds so simple yet we always fail and fallback to our old and loved patterns. Just like we know junk food is bad and we still eat it all the time.
Next time you recognise you are “wasting” time, think if you could now do something for your project and just do it. It will feel good!
5. Treat Your Side Hustle Like a Business
This last one is not so easy to achieve yet the results can be great. For most, a blog or anything you start on the side is just a hobby.
But you can trick your mind by seeing it as your own little business – which adds a layer of credibility to your project and directly makes it more important.
Perhaps you got a ton of emails or you are behind your content schedule. Nothing really bad because it’s just a hobby..
But what if this was your real lifestyle business?
Would you treat it the same way?
You want to be there for your potential customers, you want to be consistent with your content and you want to be taken seriously!
Therefore, try to take everything a bit more serious and you will feel the need to prioritize your time differently.
What is taking the most of your time and what could you change to have more time for yourself every day?
Leave a comment and tell me what you are struggling with!