Beat the Schedule Monster: How to Balance a Full-Time Job With Your Side Hustle

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Career Advice

Don’t worry, millennials. I know having a full-time job is no joke. An exhausting, day-to-day, up-down, drag out affair. From office life to crafting the perfect email multiple times per day and everything in between, it’s easy to forget that we should actually be grateful for our employment.

But, if you’re looking to start a side hustle (or have one already and are having difficulty with the balancing act), work full time and still have a social life and some semblance of sleep, I’m here to tell you that it’s possible.

As a blogger, I can tell you that a blog (and any type of side hustle, really) is no joke (and I’m sure Nicole of GenTwenty will tell you that too!). Here are some of my tried and true tips for “doing it all”:

Schedule – however it works for you.
I’ve tried a number of methods for keeping my to-do list as well as my appointments and meetings straight, and have figured out what works and what doesn’t work. Recently, I discovered that writing down what I have to do in a notebook works better for me than the to-do list apps I’ve downloaded and tried.

Improvise During the Week
Whenever you find free time — even if it’s in unexpected places — utilize it. Lunch breaks at work are ideal for this type of found time, but you may be lucky enough to have a lull in your work day where you actually don’t have anything to do! If you do, in fact, get lucky enough to have a free hour fall in your lap, make use of it (depending, of course, on your type of side hustle). If you’re a commuter who relies on public transportation, your commute is another great time to play catch-up.


Use the Weekends
If you’re like me and work an office job, you most likely don’t have to work your 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Resist the urge to sleep in on Saturday and get to work early. This way, you’ll still have time to enjoy your Saturday night. If you’re also like me in that religious services take up the majority of your Sunday morning, Saturday is your ideal side hustle work day. If not, use whichever day (or both!) works best for you — but start early on Sunday too! That way, you’ll get to bed early with work in the morning on Monday.

Every Opportunity is a Networking Opportunity
Even at your 9-5, talk up your side hustle. Invite your co-workers to like your Facebook page and follow you on Twitter and Instagram. Don’t be afraid to ask for support.

Get Some Sleep!
I’ll admit…I’m very guilty of not getting enough sleep. But I’m learning that I’m not useful at my day job or with #NAMB if I’m up all night and up early the next morning. You don’t want to end up tired, distracted and distant in all areas.

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