During my college career, I have always held multiple side hustles. It’s a way for me to earn extra cash while test driving different interests. For example this semester, I am an operations intern, a social media manager, a business writer and a lifestyle content creator and a full-time student. I am able to do all of these gigs by adopting a time management technique.
Here are my 3 tips for all of you college students who are hustling:
-Write down a to-do list
To-do lists are crucial when it comes to accomplishing goals. They serve as a reminder of the tasks at hand while also holding you accountable. There is a stark difference between writing things down and having them in your head. When you are in your own head, it’s for you to properly accommodate your expectations. You’ll think you’ll have more time to do certain things and end up delaying your work because of the constant postponement. Having something written down pushes you to get them done. I have had several instances where I realized that I pushed myself to accomplish more the moment that I had written them down.
I myself tend to struggle with that one. Being a college student I often tend to fall into the habit of procrastination. I tend to postpone every time until the last minute and end up jeopardizing some other commitments. However I have been actively working on fixing this habit by simply planning ahead. It’s the easiest and most obvious rule in the book. I mean how many times have our parents or teachers told us this? Well the reason for it is that it always works. Planning ahead is the key to maintaining a healthy work and life balance. And when people mention planning ahead, we often automatically think that it means completing everything before their due dates. However I have found that it can also mean simpler tasks such as writing a timeline. When you have an idea of the work that needs to be done and their timeline you are planning ahead because you’re accommodating it to your schedule. It’s important for hustling students to have a complete understanding of deadlines and their time allocation.
-Understanding your capabilities
Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for the grind but there comes a point where one has to know their limit. It doesn’t matter the amount of gigs you have but how well you are doing in them. I know this may sound cheesy but you have to understand it is important to work smartly. Sometimes it’s okay to decline an offer. To the contrary it shows that you have tremendous self-awareness which is an attractive skill to have when it comes to full-time positions. My writer friend once declined a client that was willing to pay her a hefty sum. She prioritized her well-being over any monetary compensation. At the time, she a was full-time student who had a 9 to 5 and would do freelance writing on the weekends. It would have been a burden for her to take on this additional client and that would in turn affect her work across all of the platforms.
Managing several side hustles while being a full-time student is not easy. One has to have a tremendous amount of motivation and dedication. However with the right technique and tips you can achieve your desired goal.
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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstins