IX. Create and Follow A Strict Side Hustle Schedule
How many free hours do you have on a workday? And how many free hours do have on your days off? How many hours do you need for your personal routines? For sleep? For family time?
There are plenty of reasons why you need to create and follow a strict side hustle schedule. For one, you’ve only got 24 hours in a day. That’s fixed, non-negotiable. Whether you like it or not, you’ve got to squeeze in your day job, your side hustle, and everything else within this timeframe.
If you don’t want to die young, then you need to take measures not to stress yourself to death. You need to spend time taking care of your body. You need to assess your physical, mental and emotional health from time to time. The reason for this is because if you get sick, then you don’t get to work, it’s as simple as that.
Plan your day
Planning your schedule every single day will help ensure you avoid taking on more than you can realistically handle. You can only do so much in one day.
For example, if you’ve got a blog as a side hustle, then plan out how many words you should be writing each day. If that doesn’t work for you, then think about how many posts you can realistically write and upload in a week.
Remember that consistency is key to success in almost anything in life, and it’s especially crucial for side hustles! Because you’re your own boss, you need to structure your day so you don’t go about procrastinating and doing things you really shouldn’t be doing!
Maximize your time
Strictly following your schedule will help maximize your time. You do want your side hustle to be profitable, right? So, figure out a way to do tasks that will help maximize your time and your profitability. Have a system in place or a process that will help you get from landing a client to submitting their deliverables in the most efficient way possible.
You may start out with a prototype of your system (let’s call it system A), but somewhere along the way, you’ll find it’s not nearly as effective as system B. If this happens, then you need to adjust. You need to do whatever it takes to be as efficient as possible.
You can’t just say you’ll stick with system A because that’s what you thought of first, or that’s what’s written on your whiteboard or wherever. Don’t be afraid to change plans, you’ve got to do what it takes to maximize your time!
Focus on one thing at a time
Multitasking is a valuable skill, but in many cases, it can slow you down. It’s so easy to lose focus when you multitask. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the different things you need to do.
For example, if you’re doing some client work, watching TV and checking out social media at the same time, you’re probably not going to get much work done. When it’s time to work on your side hustle, turn off the distractions.
Put your phone on silent mode if it’s not going to be used in your side work. Turn off the TV. Take the necessary steps to make sure you give your full attention to what you’re working on.
Trust me, you’re going to get so many things done when you’ve removed the distractions (they’re called distractions for a reason!). You might even be able to finish your tasks ahead of your schedule. When you do this, then you can reward yourself by watching some TV until it’s time for you to work on the next task on your to-do list.
Don’t forget to reward yourself
It’s an incredibly satisfying feeling when you cross off things on your to-do list. When you’re on a schedule, it’s sometimes hard to think about rewarding yourself when your scheduled downtime is 5 days away. Now, the thing is, you don’t need to splurge, but don’t shy away from treating yourself either.
For instance, if you managed to do everything on your to-do list for today, then you can reward yourself with an extra hour in front of the TV. Or perhaps you have your favorite Chinese food delivered so you can make TV time even more enjoyable. If you finish your to-do list for the week, then reward yourself with a movie ticket to watch the latest blockbuster movie.
Strictly following a schedule – and for a side hustle at that – requires commitment and discipline. If you succeed, then you certainly deserve whatever reward you’ve got planned!