Side hustles are on the rise among millennials and pursuing your passion project on top of a full-time gig is the new norm. Our attitudes toward work, income, and hobbies are rapidly changing, and the ever-increasing cost of living has made side hustles more appealing than ever before. There’s no doubting the fact that side hustles are a great way to make some extra income, but they do come with one major downside – they can completely throw your work-life balance out of whack! Here are five ways you can persevere while balancing your side hustle and main gig.
1. Keep Your Purpose Top-of-Mind
Most people start their side hustle with a high level of enthusiasm and high hopes for what the future may hold. However, as time passes and more long hours are put in, this fervour tends to dwindle. To keep yourself going, remind yourself why you started your side business in the first place and the difference it is making in your life and in the lives of others.
2. Don’t Let The Grind Get The Best of You
A major misconception about side hustles is that you need to work yourself to the bone in order to see any sort of success. We’re talking sleepless nights, a poor diet, and high levels of stress on an everyday basis. In actuality, you don’t need to deprive yourself of your health to do well in the world of business – just be consistently good at what you do!
3. Make The Most Of Your Energy
In order to optimize your productivity, you must treat your energy like the valuable resource it is. Monitor your natural energy rhythms and take note of the times of day when your energy level is higher and when your energy is fading. Once you’re familiar with your rhythm, allocate your work tasks so that they match the level of energy that is needed to get the job done.
4. Take Time To Talk To Your Loved Ones
Maintaining healthy relationships is vital to good mental health and overall wellbeing. With all the extra time you’ll be putting into your side hustle while still balancing your full-time gig, you’ll need the support of your loved ones more than ever. Make communicating with your significant other, friends, and family a priority and keep them in the know when it comes to your side hustle.
5. Schedule In Some Fun
Last but certainly not least, schedule in some time for fun. Working too many hours and not letting yourself enjoy the little things in life is not only bad for you; it’s bad for business. You’ll hinder your ability to be your best, your productivity levels will drop, and some people may even find you less likeable. Show yourself some self-love and live a little!
By putting these suggestions into practice in your everyday life, you’ll thrive while working full-time and pursuing your passion. At Project Spaces, we’re all about creating a fun environment where work-life balance can be achieved, and side hustles can be seen through. Book a tour of our workspaces today!
Founder-friendly coworking in downtown Toronto for entrepreneurs and digital nomads. EST 2011. We create awesome spaces, fill them with passionate people, and watch the magic happen. Learn more