Well hello there. It’s been a hot minute! Here I am finally getting around to finishing up this post after starting it a few weeks ago. I’m currently in England enjoying my holiday vacation with my partner in crime. I feel incredibility peaceful and relaxed, which is the perfect combination for getting back into blogging. I haven’t been updating my blog because my priorities have been constantly changing, which has made it tricky to really know what I should be spending my time on. I think blogging is going to work best for me when I’m really in the mood to write and this platform feels like the right way to articulate myself in that moment.
But what should I really be focusing on? Is it blogging, making videos or Instagram content? I’ve asked myself this question plenty of times. And that’s the tricky part of being an online content creator whilst juggling a full-time job. There are so many areas I want to grow and pour all of my creativity, but I often end up getting overwhelmed at the thought of doing it all.
And let’s be honest, I know that I waste my time. I know I’m not always productive and the best version of myself. I go through periods of binge-watching shows on Netflix. Depending on what’s going on in my life at any particular time, I often rely on a TV show for an escape from the real world. It feels good to let my mind be a bit numb and get lost in Outlander, The Sinner, Black Mirror or whatever show I’m into. But sometimes, I’d rather use all of my free time doing ‘online things’. I definitely feel most like myself after spending a day working on my side hustle. Being an online content creator feels amazing when my creative juices are flowing.
So if you’re like me and sometimes struggle to find a balance between your full-time job and side hustle, I would say these tips always help me find the time to do what really fulfills me. At the end of the day, whatever you’re spending your time on should be making you happy.
You Can’t Be Lazy All the Time
I’m all for having those lazy days when you can’t be bothered to get out of your pajamas. Your agenda reads ‘Netflix and chill’ and that’s all you plan on doing that day. Totally fine to have those kind of days once in a blue moon. However, if you’re having a day like that every weekend, I’d say it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities, so you can start using your time more wisely.
Learn to Say the Word No
Unfortunately, you can’t do it all. You have to learn how to prioritize and set some limits. If you’re planning on working on a side hustle, you might not be able to get brunch with friends. If you say yes to everything, you’ll likely end up stretched across too many obligations, which will result in feeling extremely overwhelmed. Put yourself first and know how much time you have to spend on an additional task or ‘event’. If you don’t think you’ll have the bandwidth, just say no.
Get into a Routine
Is there a day where you usually have free pockets of time? I typically use Sundays as a side hustle day. It really depends how serious you are about your side hustle and whether it has business potential. Try setting up dedicated work hours and treat it like a second job that you’ll be held accountable for. Chances are you’ll likely have some time to spend on your side hustle during the week, but your ‘working hours’ could be the time you get most of the work done.
What is it that motivates you? It could be art, fashion or a friend of yours that seems to have her shit together all the time. I love staying motivated by admiring the work of other online content creators. I enjoy watching YouTube videos and reading inspirational books about The Law of Attraction. We’re all motivated in different ways – I would recommend finding what it is that makes you tick.