If you’re anything like me “product of the gig economy”, you have multiple side gigs, an internship and are still going to school full -time. I’m not going to lie, it is a lot to manage for the average person but if you have the right disposition and attitude, you will certainly be able to manage them all.
Without further ado, here’s how I manage my side hustles.
*Love what you do
This is not so much a tip but a mere piece of advice. When dealing with side hustles, it’s important to do them out of passion. They take a tremendous amount of time and require a lot of hard work so if you’re not passionate about them, they will feel like a burden. And what’s worst than doing something you hate on your free time ! I currently do freelance social media management, writing and videography and I could not be more passionate about them. Find what you love and when you do, work hard at it.
1- I make the most of my down time
Whether it be commuting in the morning, waiting for a doctor’s appointment or standing in line; we all have down time. It’s important to use every last bit of the time you have to work in some way or another on your side hustles. For example, you could use your time waiting on the train to work on your photography business. Schedule appointments. Reach out to potential clients. Revamp your Instagram. Read articles about the new hip photo spots in your area. These simple tasks can make a tremendous difference.
2-I wake up early
Before starting my side hustles, I used to wake up late. I would spend mornings sleeping and I would try to make it up by sleeping late. However I noticed that the later I went to bed, the more tired I felt when waking up. I would not be able to concentrate during the day. Soon after I started getting more work, I realized that I was missing out on a lot of hours during the morning. So slowly I started putting my alarm earlier each day and it made a significant difference. I got more work done in the morning and still had some free time in the afternoon.
3- I make a schedule
I know this one sounds cliché but you would not believe the difference it makes. I prefer to call it a timeline. For each project that I take on, I put a start date and an end date. This helps me know the amount of work that needs to be done and plan accordingly. It’s important for you to be on top of your schedule. It gives you a sense of direction especially when you can sometimes get caught up in deciding what to do.
4- I prioritize
Prioritizing is key. When you prioritize a specific task, it will be easier for you to get them done because you have an end goal in my mind. Before I start any project, I make a plan. I decide which part of the project that needs the most work and I make a plan to start with it and finish it by a certain date. This helps me stay focused on what’s important and what needs attention.
Managing your time is key when it comes to dealing with side hustles. You have to be organized in order to perfect your craft.
How do you manage your time? Let me know in the comments!
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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints