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Working a full-time job while running a side-hustle is a heck of a lot of work! I don’t have as much time as I would like to devote to my business, which means using the time that is available as productively as possible. Luckily I’ve found some productivity hacks that have made running my side hustle so much easier – and I’m sharing them all in this post, so you can use them too!
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PRODUCTIVITY HACKS FOR GROWING YOUR SIDE HUSTLE
In my full-time job, I always like to have my to-do list written ahead of time so when I sit down at my desk in the morning, I can dive right into work. This is even more important in my side hustle! I only have a limited amount of time to devote to my business, so I want to be able to use that time as productively as possible.
Sure, I’m adding another task to my workload by planning out my to-do list ahead of time, but it’s well worth it in the time that I save. Each time I sit down at my computer to get some blogging in, I know exactly when I should be working on first. This has made it super easy to prioritize and to make the most of each free minute.
Have a Designated Workspace
Obviously, the size of your home is going to determine how much of a designated workspace you can have. Having a designated workspace at home might not mean an entire office, but ideally, it should be a space off the couch and away from the TV where you can really focus on your work.
I live in a studio apartment, so I understand that spaces often have to be multi-functional. My “workspace” at home is my dining table. However since I rarely actually eat at the table, my business is almost the sole function of the space.
Regardless of whether you have a space that you can solely devote to your business, at least have a space that can be solely about your business while you’re working on your business. Turn off Netflix. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by household chores. Being able to narrow your focus will go a long way in working more productively!
Know How to Work in Small Blocks of Time
When I sit down at my desk at my full-time job every day, I have at least 8-9 hours to get in everything I need to for the day. Sure, my day may be broken up by meetings here and there, but I know I have a solid stretch of time to get work done.
When you’re running a side hustle, it’s probably more like an hour here and an hour there. And on some days you’re lucky if it’s even an hour. Running a side hustle is all about learning to be super efficient with those very small blocks of time. Tip #1 I shared about planning ahead is really going to come in handy here because when you sit down to take advantage of your 20 minutes of free time, you can jump right into work instead of figuring out what needs to get done.
Figure out how long it takes you to finish certain tasks so you know what you can get done with that spare time. I know it takes me less than 10 minutes to make graphics for one blog post, so that’s a super easy one to whip out when I’ve got a spare few minutes!Productivity is about doing what you can with the time you have. You’ve got this, side-hustlers! Click To Tweet
I have a lot of free time in my evenings and weekends, but sometimes I just can’t get to everything. When that happens, it’s important to know what the absolute priorities are.
When busy weeks pop up and I don’t have much time for blogging, I stick to the absolute baseline tasks. For me that is my weekly blog post, sharing those blog posts on social media, and sending my weekly Saturday email. For me, the most important thing is that my readers have new content to read when they check in, so that comes before other projects.
Know When You’re Most Productive
I can’t even tell you how many side-hustle articles and blog posts I’ve read that say if you really want to be more productive in your side hustle, you need to start getting up earlier to get a couple hours of work in before you start your day. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a morning person and prefer to work in the mornings, then more power to you. Take advantage of that. But the idea that it has to be the morning is just silly.
I know myself well enough to know that I will not be productive at 6 am. Most days I won’t end up waking up early at all. However, I have no problem at all sitting down in the evenings and getting in a few hours of work. Since that’s when I work best on my blog, that’s when I do most of my tasks.
There is no specific time of day that we should all be working during to be more productive. Figure out when you are most productive, and work on your side hustle then.
Use Tools That Make Sense
We can’t be working on everything all the time. Luckily there are plenty of tools out there that can help you work more productively and can help you to automate some processes of your business. Here are a few of my favorite tools to use:
- Tailwind – If you can only afford to invest in one tool to help you grow your blog, make it this one. Tailwind is the tool I use to schedule pins on Pinterest. It’s super easy to use – check out my full tutorial here! Basically, it takes me about an hour to schedule all of my pins for an entire month, making the small investment MORE than worth it. Plus you can sign up for your free Tailwind trial here to figure out if it works for you before you commit!
- SmarterQueue – It’s taken me a while to find the perfect scheduling tool for Facebook and Twitter, and I finally found it with SmarterQueue. Not only can I easily schedule social media posts to promote my latest blog post, but they also have evergreen promotion. Meaning I can add a post once, and it will share it again and again! This is perfect for getting old content in front of your audience again. Plus SmarterQueue is WAY cheaper than most of the other evergreen scheduling tools (it’s only $19.99/month) and you can try it for free before you commit!
- Planoly – If you’ve been blogging a while, you know that Instagram is SUPER important these days. Planoly is by far my favorite tool for keeping up with Instagram. They have a drag and drop scheduler so you can figure out the best order for your Instagram posts. Then you can write your captions on the app OR on your desktop. The best part is, you can now schedule IG posts to go live automatically with Planoly, rather than getting a notification and having to still manually post! Planoly is great because it’s free as long as you’re sharing fewer than 30 posts per month, and still super affordable if you’re sharing more than that.
Set Boundaries With Your Time
If you want your side hustle to be a real business, then you need to treat it like a business. And while this doesn’t necessarily have to mean setting specific business hours (though you could do that), it will mean making sure friends and family know that certain time outside your full-time job is set aside for your side hustle.
There’s a lot less accountability in a side hustle than there is in a day job. For the most part, this is a great thing, but it also means that if you repeatedly skip work to get drinks with friends, there’s no one there to stop you.
Running a successful side hustle is going to mean being super diligent to set boundaries for your business and make sure you have the appropriate amount of time to devote to it.If you want your side hustle to be a real business, then you need to treat it like a business. Click To Tweet
BEFORE YOU GO
If you’re balancing a full-time and a side hustle, you know how difficult it can be to make anything. These productivity hacks will go a LONG way in helping you to balance everything and actually continue to grow your blog!
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