I am now back to doing a 9-5 job and let me just say, it feels good to havea routine again.
We all have hobbies that we enjoy and want to make a career out of whether that is making music, painting, blogging, sports etc.
We all wish that we don’t need to work multiple hours and see the money appear in our bank account, but sadly that is not the case.
However, the next question is how do you run your side jobs alongside working 9-5?
Here are a few tips of mine that should help you find the balance.
I like mornings, it is where I am most productive, so I get up, have my tea/coffee, do a workout then I spend about an hour on a project, for me that might be writing my weekly email, blogs or working on my fitness/ nutrition guides.
Once I do that, I head to work. I like to enjoy my lunch breaks and just take the time to eat my food so I don’t do other projects during this time.
Once I am home from work, I then work on my projects for around another hour/ hour and a half. I live by calendars, I colour co-ordinate my calendars and time block.
Have realistic deadlines and commit to it. That way you will actually get things done. It will simply begin to fall into your routine and become part of the running of your day.
If it is a new project that you are starting, ensure you always have a plan in place. Do reasearch, and break down the project into small parts. For example if you are writing a fitness guide, break it down inti sections, such as week 1: write the workouts, week 2: take photos for the guide etc and then by week 6, the launch date and it will actually be completed on time.
My final tip is do not work all weekend. Set time aside for your work, but always make sure you have time for yourself and to do the things that you want to like Netflix, go out with friends and family, read a book etc.
Currently every week I write at least 3 blogs, one weekly email, website work, client check-ins and I also study. I can say that a few times I have spent the whole weekend just trying to finish things which euqates to stress and you wont enjoy it anymore.