There’s not enough of it!
This was made especially clear after I went back to a traditional 9-5 … and I’ve found that the majority of Side Hustle Entrepreneurs face this same problem.
Because sometimes you feel like ALL of your waking hours are devoted to your 9-5 job … so where will you find the time to put into your PASSION?
The key is to be super intentional with your time. Time is one of earth’s most precious resources. Use it wisely. 😊
Here’s my 4 steps to get SH*T done (even with a 9-5)…
Step One: Batch Your Pockets of Time
I like to approach time in batches. Start off by looking at your day and finding the “pockets”: one-hour increments that you can use for personal biz time. I’ll be honest … you won’t find a TON of pockets laying around, however, you CAN find time daily to devote to your #sidehustle.
One week has 168 hours. So if you work 40 hours a week, that’s 128 hours leftover for sleep, eating, family time, and of course, side hustle entrepreneurship.
Personally, during the week my best batches of time are midday (my 1 hour lunch break), and early morning. Which brings me to number two…
Step Two: Adopt a Morning Routine
I know, I know, you might HATE mornings. Perhaps you hit snooze 12 times before getting up. And let me tell you that I know how you feel! I considered myself a “night person” all of my life … until I adopted a morning routine. Now, during the week I wake up at 5am every morning.
Early morning really IS the best time to get sh*t done … you’re more focused, less distracted, and scientifically, your brain is most creative during the first four hours that you’re awake. If you wake up an hour earlier than you normally get up, that gives you a whole 60 minutes to write a blog post, put time into creating your course, etc.
Think 1 hour doesn’t make a difference? If you ONLY have an hour everyday to devote to your #sidehustle, that’s 30 hours/month … or 365 hours a year. It really adds up!
I get asked all the time about my morning routine, so here it is: alarm goes off at 5am, and I get right out of bed. I drink a tall glass of water and take a probiotic. Then, I make a cup of coffee while stretching (or I’ll force myself to do 1 minute of jumping jacks if I’m especially sluggish!). I spend 5 minutes writing in my journal to get my brain going (mostly things I’m grateful for, and my to do items for the day/week). Then, I spend 60 minutes strictly on biz stuff…
In fact, I’m typing this right now at 5:34am on a Monday, in the midst of my morning routine! At 6:30am, I start getting ready for work (shower, breakfast, makeup, etc). Then, I’m out the door by 7:40, and I listen to an inspirational podcast or audiobook during my drive to work to get my mind primed for positivity.
Step Three: Single-Task Your Work
Whoever started the whole “multitasking” movement was totally wrong. Multitasking is NOT the ideal way to approach work … in fact, it’s been scientifically proven that the more tasks you put on your plate, the less stuff you actually get done!
By trying to do a lot at once, you end up completing nothing … instead, your time is spent feeling overwhelmed, while trying to juggle too many things.
This is where single-tasking comes in. If you struggle with focus, you’ve got to start single-tasking. Single-tasking involves only focusing on ONE thing at a time.
Here’s how I use single-tasking … I look at what I want to complete for the week. Then, after I batch my pockets of time, I write down ONE thing for each batch, leaving a few pockets for “catch up” on tasks that may take more time than planned. If I have 10 pockets of time in a week (AM and midday, Monday – Friday), here’s how I might plan out my single-tasking:
- Schedule Instagram posts for the week
- Write blog post
- Finalize blog post & format to send in Mailchimp
- Catch up time, if needed
- Update “About Me” section on website
- Write outline for new digital course
- Plan out dates for digital course creation
- Catch up time, if needed
- Start writing detailed outline for Module 1 of new digital course
- Plan and schedule for next week (BIG goal for next week: complete Module 1 of new digital course)
Do you see how I plan out to only do ONE thing during each hour of time?
If I were to try and complete ALL of these things at once, I’d probably end up sitting on the couch, watching an episode of “Real Housewives” instead of getting something done because I’d be so overwhelmed!
When you single-task your work, you’re able to focus and be MORE productive with your time. Win-win!
Step Four: Start Big, Work Small
This step applies specifically to planning. Here’s the thing … you probably have BIG goals for your #sidehustle. And you should! All great endeavors start with a dream of big change.
But when it comes to actually approaching your daily tasks, you’ve got to work SMALL.
You may feel like you have no clue of how you’re going to achieve the goals you have for yourself. And that’s why, you’ve got to break it down, babe!
Start first by writing out the big GOALS for yourself. Then, explore into what PROJECTS you’ll need to complete in order to reach those goals. From there, break down the projects into TASKS.
Goals ==> Projects ===> Tasks
As an example, one of my goals is to generate $100K in my #sidehustle. A project that will help to get me there is a new digital course that I’m planning to create and launch. And as you can see in Step Three, I’ve started planning and working on the small tasks that need to get done in order for me to complete that project.
Put time on your side, side hustler! Now go out there and maximize it. 😃