I talk a lot about having a diversified financial situation and for most of us, that means having a side hustle. While your side hustle can be anything from taking on a part-time delivery gig or doing some personal shopping, mine tend to be more full business oriented.
But starting a business is incredibly time consuming. From laying the foundation and designing the plan to getting yourself up and running, and creating great content that attracts clients and customers. And it all takes A LOT of time. So, where do you find it?
Throw it on the Calendar
Let’s be honest, if it’s not in the calendar it doesn’t get done. If you want to make the time (and keep it), you’ll need to put it in the calendar and truly follow through. You can add this time in the calendar on a daily or weekly basis, but whatever you choose it needs to be official.
Set Up Real Goals
When it comes to running a little side hustle, goal planning is incredibly important. However, a lot of the time we tend to get a little lofty with our goals instead of focusing on the here and now, and what we can actually achieve.
If you want to carve out time for your side hustle, you need to know that the time is productive and you’re achieving your goals. Otherwise, it will be a waste that you’ll end up writing off. And they key to that is planning realistic goals that you can continuously achieve so you feel productive.
When it comes to setting aside some time for your side hustle, you need to start small. Don’t say you’re going to dedicate a full 20-hours of time to a side hustle during your first week—that’s unrealistic. Set a little bit of time aside for your side hustle then grow it.
It’s OK to start with a few hours a week, you don’t have to become someone who works all day every day. I started by blocking off an hour a day and going from there. But if you only have 30 minutes, that works too. Work with whatever you have!
Reclaim Pockets of Time
Most people working with a side hustle need to find a way to reclaim some time from their schedule. The truth is, you probably have more time than you think you do. Kids, job, hobby, whatever you have going for you, chances are you have some time somewhere to dedicate to your new side hustle.
Maybe you could read emails for 15-minutes while you sip coffee in the morning, or brainstorm blog post ideas while you’re out for a walk. I am no advocate for spending all of your time working (despite the fact that it tends to be my MO) but there are probably some ways that you can dig out the time that you need to succeed.
Focus on Product NOT Time
Finally, at the end of the day, it’s not about the time that you spend on your side hustle. It’s about the results that you get. So at the end of the day, whether you work for an hour or six, if you get what you need to get done, that’s what counts. So, instead of focusing on time focus on output.
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