By Kathryn Roberts at Questfor47.com
Kathryn Roberts is an entrepreneur and side hustle mindset coach at Quest for $47. There, she teaches young women how to live more abundant lives by creating passive income-generating side hustles that allow them to have more freedom outside their corporate salaries. You can start journaling today to get clear on the what and why of your side hustle by downloading Kathryn’s 30 free Side Hustle Clarity Journaling Prompts: http://bit.ly/Q47SideHustleJournaling.
Think You Don’t Have Enough Time To Do What You Want To Do?
“I just don’t have time.”
Everyone says it, and nine times out of 10, everyone who says it is full of it. And you know what I mean when I say “it”, right?
It’s not that you don’t have time. You’re just not prioritizing the right things. You DO have time to invest in your side hustle, into your business, you just need to find it and be strategic about it.
The following tips can help you figure out where you’re wasting your time, so you can, therefore, allocate that time to more productive pursuits.
Find More Time: Track Your Time
Most people have NO idea where their time goes.
Why? Because you’re not paying attention to how you spend it.
You can look down at your phone, and look back up and boom, you’ve lost an hour to surfing through Facebook or Twitter or Instagram (or all of the above).
That’s normal these days. We have SO many options of things that can just suck your time away from the productive things you need to get done, especially for your side hustle.
The best way to figure out where your time is going is to spend a week actually tracking it. It’s simple: every hour or so, write down what you did with your time.
Write down every single thing, from your extended bathroom break at work to the time you spent surfing Twitter to how many episodes you watched in a marathon of Bar Rescue when you were supposed to be working on your side hustle.
Once you know HOW you’re spending your time, you’ll be able to figure out how you’re wasting it.
Do you REALLY need to watch 3 reruns of Bar Rescue? That’s three hours where you could be prepping your next month’s blog posts, or scheduling your Pinterest pins out for the next two weeks.
When you have a full week of time tracked, take a look at all that time you spent doing things where you could have been working on your side hustle instead. Think about all those sneaky time wasters that you don’t REALLY need to be doing and next week? Change it up.
Get some work done at those times instead.
Find More Time: Turn Off The Television
Television is the ultimate time suck. You know it, I know it. We all know it. So turn it off. And before you tell me, “Hey, I’m a champion multitasker!” Let me, first of all, tell you, you’re not.
You think you are, but you’re actually getting LESS done.
Second of all, let me challenge you to spend a week of no TV when you’re working. Do that and then tell me how much you’ve accomplished. I can tell you that it’s going to be WAY more than you think.
When the television is on, think about how often you look up to watch it when you SHOULD be working. It can be just a minute, but all those minutes can pile up and soon you’ve lost 10, 20, 30 or more of your very valuable minutes where you could have been getting quality work done getting distracted an episode of Say Yes To The Dress, or House Hunters, or Crikey! It’s The Irwins! Or whatever else you watch.
Trust me, you’re not missing much of what’s on TV, and with all the on-demand streaming options we have no, it’s not like you’re going to lose out forever if you don’t catch the episode live.
Find More Time: Schedule It In
Are you serious about dedicating more time to your side hustle? Schedule it in.
You have hours in your day blocked out for your day job workday, so do the same for your side hustle. Schedule it and treat it like any other meeting you MUST attend at your day job.
The more seriously you take your side hustle, the quicker strides you will make in getting it both off the ground and bringing you income while you’re living your life.
It doesn’t have to be a marathon session, but mark downtimes in your calendar where you’re going to work on your business. It could be an hour or two each night, but when you actually sit down and take those hours seriously, it has a BIG impact on the amount of work you get done.
To give your scheduling an even greater impact—no matter how much time you have to spare—when you decide WHEN you’re going to work, also decide WHAT you’re going to work on.
That takes away the guessing game once you sit down, and means that you’re not wasting time trying to figure out which tail of which project you should pick up.
When you decide when and what you’re going to do, you can get straight to work.
Find More Time: Shorten Your To-Do List
The longer the to-do list, the less you get done.
Sounds counterintuitive, right? But when you force yourself to shorten your to-do list to just your priorities, you will realize that you actually have less to do.
Not only that, but those priorities are what will give you and your business the biggest impact.
What are the big-impact things you can do for your side hustle?
Now, it might seem like a lot of things at first but think about it in terms of what will bring in the most income, quickly. That should take away all the fluff and help you narrow it down to the fundamentals.
Everything else that you think you have to do? It’ll work itself out.
Find More Time: Do One Thing At A Time
When you have limited time to work on your side hustle, it can feel like you HAVE to do as much as you possibly can in the short hours you do dedicate to it, and that may mean hopping from project to project to project.
You will actually get MORE done if you focus on one project at a time. Once you shorten your daily to-do list to those top priorities each day, focus on ONE of those priorities at a time.
Don’t hop from project to project, because all that will do is leave you a trail of half-finished projects and very little motivation to just sit down and finish them.
When you get one thing done, you feel that sense of accomplishment, rather than making little bits of progress on a whole bunch of things, but they’re all still unfinished by the time you’re done with your work session.
Find More Time: Double Up When You Can (But Don’t Multitask)
As I mentioned above, multitasking does not make you more productive. This may sound counterintuitive, but in fact, multitasking can HINDER productivity.
But there ARE times in your day where you can double up, especially when it comes to getting your learning on.
What do you listen to when you’re commuting to and from work? The radio? The traffic report? Music? How about an audiobook or your favourite business or motivational podcast?
You can get learning in when you are getting ready for work, or when you’re commuting to work, doing chores, waiting for someone, or shopping.
All that education is going to allow you to be more focused when you do have time to get back to your side hustle. And if you do have inspiration while doing those things—then jot them down in the Notes app on your phone.
If you’re driving, of course, DON’T do that, but you can use the voice memo feature to make sure you don’t lose any bits and pieces of inspiration that you come up with.
Find More Time: Say No To Social Gatherings
Still short on time? Then it might be time to take a little axe to your social life.
I’m not saying you should miss weddings, birthdays and bat mitzvahs, but Thirty Thursday, Friday nights out? Long Sunday brunches? Meandering phone calls after work with your friends?
You might have to put those on pause for a little while. Look at your calendar. Are those outings are happening in your only bits of spare time, but you have a side hustle that needs your attention, especially in the early stages?
Then you need to prioritize.
And that means saying no and cutting down on your social calendar. Your friends and family who you’re saying no to, they might not understand, but if you take your side hustle seriously, and the value your business provides, then ultimately—they will too. And they’ll be right there to celebrate you when you do what time.
That brings me to…
Find More Time: Remember, It’s Not No Forever
I know, I know, it sounds like all this is, is a world of work, work, work. You wake up, you go to work, you come home, you work some more.
But when you’re starting a side hustle or building a business, it DOES take work.
There’s no way around it. But when you put the work in and can automate it? That’s when the magic happens. So, you may have to say no to some things for now, like binge-watching a marathon of NCIS Los Angeles, or going out every Saturday night, or taking that girls’ trip up north.
What you’re doing now is building you the life you want. You’re building it a lot quicker than if you were just relying on your corporate income or whatever day job you have, but it is still something that takes effort and commitment.
It’s not a no forever, just a no for now.
Find More Time: Wake Up Earlier (Or Go To Sleep Later)
Are you still feeling like you don’t have enough time? In the words of Occam’s Razor, sometimes the simplest answer is the right one. And that may mean cutting into your sleep.
As someone who LOVES to sleep, I know that it can be difficult to imagine doing less of that, but if you’re serious about your side hustle, then that’s a sacrifice you may have to make.
You can ease into it, too. When it comes to waking up earlier, if I know that I have to start waking up at say, 5 a.m., rather than 6 a.m., I will start waking up earlier in 15-minute increments until I get to the time I want to wake up at.
Are you someone like me who works better at night? Then just…stay up later. Even if it’s one hour, every other night, you’ll be able to get a lot more work done in that extra hour you give yourself for your business. Find what works for you, and remember: it’s not forever.
You won’t always be grinding, scraping for time to commit to your business once it’s up and running, but when you start, it will take a lot of effort.
What are your favorite ways to make time for your side hustle in your busy schedule?