Writing a book takes a lot of dedication. But you know what takes even more dedication? Writing a book when you have a day job. There’s really nothing like coming home after a long day of work to settle down … for more work. But it’s something that I’ve been doing for the last few months and it is possible. I have 15 tips to help you juggle your day job and passion project but I’ve decided to break this into two posts so we’ll start with the first seven. Let’s get to it!
1. Create a schedule
I recently learned that the best way for me to get anything done for any of my passion projects is by creating structure. I wasn’t always this way! In the past, I knew that I wanted to work on something “for me” after work. But I wouldn’t set time aside to do so. And you know what would happen? Nothing, that’s what! When I didn’t deliberately make time for my passion project, I never got anything done. So I’ve taken to creating a schedule and using the weekend and after day-job hours to work on things for the blog and our book. These times are non-negotiable!
2. Use tools that are meant to make your life easier
There are so many tools available to help make your passion project/side gig hustle more manageable. Depending on what it is that you’re trying to accomplish, there is most definitely an app for it. Here are a few tools that I use:
- Later: Great for scheduling your Instagram posts so you can plan your feed aesthetically
- Google Office Suite: I use all of the features to work on the go, particularly Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Keep
- Photo Editing: Canva, A Color Story, etc.
3. Delegate, delegate, delegate
Even with all of these amazing tools, sometimes it’s just not possible to do everything yourself. And that’s ok. The best way to make sure things get done is by delegating. That might mean getting a personal assistant, finding someone who can intern with you, calling in a favor, whatever.
4. Create a space that is just for your passion project
No social media, no distractions, no capes! When you create a space for only work, then you can’t help but be in the right state of mind to get things done. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have an at-home office that is filled with all of the latest gadgets — making space at the dining room table with all of your necessary items to get work done counts too. And let other people know that when you are in this space, you can’t be interrupted unless it’s an absolute emergency. Also, if you need an app to turn off your social media so that you don’t get distracted, there’s one for that too.
5. Learn when to say no
This is something that I struggle with. I want to do everything, all the time. But of course, that’s not possible. Sometimes you can’t play with your friends and the FOMO feeling is ratcheted up to level 100, but this small sacrifice to focus on your passion project will be worth it in the long run.
6. Know when to take a break and be present for your loved ones
With that said, sometimes you have to know when to step back and take a break. Yes, you’re hustling now so that you won’t have to hustle in the long run, but if you don’t take time for your friends and family, what’s the point of it all? The last thing you want is to make it to the top and not have anyone up there with you to celebrate. So just as you schedule time to focus on your side gig, try to carve out some time for the ones you love.
7. Set aside some time for yourself
Be sure to some time aside for yourself while you’re at it. If that means waking up a little bit earlier to do so or creating a moment of me-time once a week, do it. Hustling in your day job and then coming home to focus on your passion project can really start to wear on you. And you won’t be able to achieve all of those goals if you’ve worn yourself into the ground. Your mental health is so important so keep it as a priority always. Self-care isn’t just a buzzword.
There you have it! The first seven tips to help you juggle your day job and passion project. Be sure to come back next week to read on for the final eight tips. In the meantime, tell us, how do you juggle your passion project and your day job?