How to Be Productive at Work and Home
Having a side business, AKA, a side hustle is no joke. You have to be able to still be good at what you do at your full-time gig, and then also be able to bring really good ideas and energy to your side hustle. It can be so overwhelming! You might feel like you HAVE to do #allthethings. Well, you don’t. Here are 3 easy mindset shifts that can help you balance your job and your side biz.
Your Job Is Your Investor
Have you ever thought about it like that? Well, it’s true. Whether you want to leave your job, or not, at this moment your full-time job is an obligation. Your full-time job is currently allowing you to provide for you and your family. It is also partially, or fulling, funding this side hustle project you are working on.
Think of your job as the “sharks” from Shark Tank. You want to please this job so that it can offer up resources ($$$) to help you invest in your side business. Even though your side hustle might have your heart, it is important to remember that your full-time job is your priority until your side hustle can start to supplement your income. So keep working hard at your 9-5, arrive on time, do your job 100%, and feel good about leaving on time. Because this job is funding the side business that gives you much joy and passion.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Most of us side hustlers are working this business in the early mornings or late nights from our: office, couch, bed, or kitchen table. However, our home is not just there to house our side business. We LIVE there, and usually with other people. We want to be very mindful that our families are also going along on this journey with us. They are sacrificing time spent with you so that you can have the time and energy to spend on your business. So, whatever is our obligation at home, we want to maintain that. We don’t want our families to become resentful of our business because we have taken the heart out of the home. So if you usually watch football on Sunday evenings with your husband, or take the dogs on a regular walk, or play board games with the kids on the weekend - KEEP DOING THAT. Through your actions, they will see that your business is not replacing them.
All You Can Do Is What You Can Do
So we see our family and work are more important than our side business in the grand scheme of things. But our business is so very important. That’s why you are reading this right? Now it is time to be realistic. You only have a finite amount of time to work on your business per week after your work and family obligations are finished. And THAT IS OK! Use those few hours to really focus on building that business. Even if it is 2 or 3 hours a week, you can still move the needle forward. Have a running tab of what needs to be done in the business and work on them 1 at a time.
How to Schedule It All
Time blocking at totally saved me. I am able to carve out the needed time to grow my business, have relaxing time at the end of the day with my family and still work 30+ hours a week at my full-time job. If you would like to see a sample of my weekly schedule click here.