How to Balance a 9-5 and a Side Hustle

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Running a business is hard, but running a business while working a full-time job is even harder. You have to effectively split and manage your time to ensure the maximum impact for your job and your business.

When you try to manage both at the same time, it becomes overwhelming and might have you think you don't have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. This is not true, you just have to find a way to balance both. I have been on this side hustler journey for quite some time now. Working 9-5 and then working 5-12 on my business. I've had times when I'm successful at it and others when I'm not. It is hard to find time to work on your business, hang out with friends, eat, take some time to yourself, live life, etc. It can be daunting sometimes and I can count how many times I’ve had less than 4 hours of sleep just trying to balance it all. I’ve found a formula that helps me balance it all and also manage to have time to myself.

1. ROUTINE

Getting into a routine really helps you to remain focused and effective. Whether it’s waking up an hour or two hours earlier in the morning to really get your day right, it goes a long way on your productivity.

2. SEPARATE THE TWO

This is hard and I am still actively working to remain consistent with this. When you’re in love with your business, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of checking emails, posting on Instagram, writing a blogpost, etc. at work, but it’s important to cultivate leaving your business at home. Let work time be work time and also important to leave work in the office and let your business time be business time. It can be so easy to slack on work and not even notice your performance is reducing and this can really harm your chances of keeping your job and if your job is the way you are bootstrapping the business, well then your business is also at risk.

3. CREATE A SCHEDULE

I know we all hate schedules because it makes life feel rigid but creating a schedule is absolutely important! I usually write a weekly to-do list every week and we are practicing this on our private facebook group (click here to join) to keep myself accountable. With this, I also dedicate time during the week to work on the items. It can be as detailed as creating an actual schedule like "wake up at 8am", "respond to emails at 9am", or high level like "dedicate 2 hours to write a blog."

4. FOCUS ON ONE TASK AT A TIME

Speaking of working on the items, it’s also important you focus on one task at a time and do it well. If you want to write a blogpost, write the blogpost without checking instagram, or your email. By multi-tasking, you actually end up not being productive and you realize you just wasted your time. So, with the schedule you create above, make sure you write down which tasks you will be completing within the allotted time.

5. UTILIZE WEEKENDS TO THEIR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL

Since the majority of your weekdays are dedicated to your full-time job, it’s best to utilize weekends to their maximum potential. You can put in a minimum of 16 hour shift on Saturday and Sunday which is equivalent to 2 days out of the working week. On Saturdays, I wake up early, eat breakfast, hit the gym, shower, do some chores and make sure I start working on my business no later than 12pm. Lately, I’ve been able to get everything done by 10am which is impressive on my part! This allows me to dedicate the whole day to working on my business and I always feel like I get so much more done during the weekend because I don’t have work to distract me. Sundays are my days for planning for the week ahead and I’m always looking forward to this day. This is the day I plan my social media content for the week, I do a “brain dump” for blog posts I want to write during the week and any other things I can manage to do.

6. TAKE TIME OFF WHEN NEED BE

This is absolutely important because it can be easy to become overwhelmed when you’re juggling both full-time work and your side hustle. You can take one day off to just recuperate and rejuvenate your brain. Take the day to reflect on the past week, and on your life.

Have you created a formula for yourself to help you balance your 9-5 and side hustle? I would love for you to comment below!