My Favorite Calendars to Use as a Side Hustler
Do you ever think of yourself trying to balance everything and feel like you are part of a circus? Like you are a juggling spectacle and folks are gawking at you - or worst yet - laughing at you? If so, you are not alone. I have felt that way many, many times. I have often wondered what I look like outside of my self as I try to juggle my full-time job, my side business, my home life and personal interest.
About 6 months ago I decided to actually write down how I was spending my time and see if writing it down would help me manage it better. It did help me see where I was wasting time, where I was using it well, and where I could make improvements. The biggest improvement was that I had to rearrange how I was using my planner.
I never had one just for my full time job before. I am a firm believer in compartmentalizing my different roles and I didn’t see a need to have a planner dedicated to my full time job. But when I started keeping track of my time, I found that I was missing many little tasks at work and those tasks were causing me to 1) stay late at work to finish them at work or 2) I was using side hustle time at home to get these items done. Now I have a dedicated planner with a running to-do list for work and that makes me so much more efficient at compartmentalizing now. The planner I use is Erin Condren Large Hardbound Life Planner.
I have my whole life in this thing. Monthly reminders such as changing my contacts or giving my dogs their preventative meds. Quarterly household tasks like getting our roof cleaned or bi-annually carpet cleaning. My running daily and weekly tasks also go here: such as daily bible reading, weekly cleaning, laundry, meal prep, and days I will cook. And any random item that comes up also gets placed here in my weekly to-do list such as “make dental appointment for next month.” I love my inkWell Press Coil Free Planner because it has plenty of space for me to customize it the way I want. It also has extra pages each month that I use for brain dumping, doodling or journaling.
This is pretty much a duplication of my personal planner but only for actual appointment. No need to clutter this thing up with all of the menial tasks from my planner. I love to put my appointments in it, with the locations, so that I can use it to help me manage my travel routes and duration. It’s in my phone and on my computer so if I need to confirm my schedule on the fly I can.
This is where all of my side hustle tasks live. Reminders to write blogs, batch social media content, connect with past, current and potential clients. All of my client work flows live here. Projects I am working on for my business are broken down step by step here, and I can write as many notes as I like. I also use this to keep my coaching clients accountable in between their coaching calls and they really enjoy it.
This might seem like a lot, but it has allowed me to compartmentalize myself and my life in a way that I can function the best when I am in each of my roles: physical therapist, makeup artist, business coach, wife. Maybe by showing you how I figured out a way to juggle things without feeling so crazy something can be helpful to you. If you would like to see my time blocking schedule just click the link below.