Balancing a Full-Time Job and a Side Hustle

A year ago if you told me that a year ago I would be running Hey It Gets Better and working a full-time job I probably would have laughed. Then I would have checked with my future self still has time to watch Netflix … which I do.

Finding balance when you work full time and also have a side hustle/side project/hobby/business venture or whatever you want to call it, is not easy at first. Sometimes I finish work and the last thing I want to do is edit a 45-minute podcast. I’d much rather have a 45-minute nap. However, balancing a full time job and a side hustle is definitely do-able. I have found three things that really help me to juggle the two.

Set Time Aside For Your Side Hustle

I absolutely love my job and it will always be what I am doing during the working hours of the week. I also love HIGB but it is completely unrealistic that I will spend every other waking hour on HIGB. At first, I felt a pressure to constantly be hustling, recording episodes, writing blogs, and getting HIGB out there. However, a girl has to sleep.

So I came up with a rule for myself. I only work on HIGB on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. I will aim to do two of those evenings a week and then on Sunday I often do a bit of editing. This gave me so much flexibility and also took the pressure off to be working on HIGB every night.

Listen to your body

You know that feeling where your eyes are fighting you to stay open … yeah that probably means you should go to sleep. Our bodies are amazing things and they tell us what we need, the only thing we need to do is listen.

Let me put it this way. Imagine your head is killing you , you keep yawning and your eyes are half shut already. You can stay up late working on your side business and then be tired and off your game at work the next day. Or you can go to sleep. I understand that sometimes there are those last minute jobs that have to be done however they should be the exception and not the rule.

Be Flexible

I love a good plan, but a good plan has to be flexible. Sometimes you might need to stay at the office, or home office in some cases, for a little longer and then you need to rest up in the evening. You might have plans to meet up with friends on an evening you are supposed to be working on your side hustle. That is okay !!!

Often on social media, particularly LinkedIn, I see people glorifying crazy work hours. Well done if you can stay up to 3am working but that is not me and I don’t think it ever will be. The key to finding balance is learning to be flexible with your time and priorities the right things.

Hope that you found this post helpful and remember that it takes time to find balance, sometimes you lose it as well but you can always get it back

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