It’s time to start devoting a few more hours to your side projects
Let’s be honest, most of us have more than one thing going at a time. Whether you work multiple jobs, are trying to launch a project on the side, or are studying while working full time, striking a balance and devoting enough time to whatever you’re working on aside from your main source of income can be a struggle. But there are three things you can start doing to devote the time you need to get your side hustle off the ground.
- Utilise your wait time
If you spend a lot of time in queues or on public transport, use this time to your advantage. Take this wait time and turn it into something productive by ticking off all of those small to-do items that can pile up and cost you a lot of hours in the end. Pay your bills, reply to emails, send that message to a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with — when it comes time for your regular housekeeping and errand hours, you’ll now have a lot more free time to focus on what’s actually important to you.
- Say no to things you’re not interested in
It’s Friday afternoon and you’re looking forward to spending the weekend working on your project when one of your friends texts and asks if you want to see a movie with them that weekend. You have no interest in the movie and you’ve spent a lot of time with this friend lately. In situations like this, it’s perfectly okay to say “no” and spend that time on yourself. By declining invitations that don’t matter or don’t appeal to you, you’re putting yourself first, and you’ll be stepping on far less toes than you might think.
- Figure out your own productive hours
Everyone is productive at different hours, and working out when you’re most productive can help you prioritise your side project. If you’re a morning person, waking up an hour earlier than usual means you can power through a bit of extra work before the day at the office starts. Understanding your own productivity ebb and flow means you’ll also be able to spend less time at the office in the long run as you work out how and when you can get more work done in less time, which gives you even greater control over the time spent on your personal projects.