How to Balance Your 9-5 & Your Side Hustle

In our modern world, it’s not at all uncommon to also have a side hustle, while you work your main job. This side hustle might pertain to something you’re passionate about (maybe even something you’re trying to transition into a more full-term job), or just a means to earn a little extra on the side.

Regardless what your reason to have a side-hustle is, balancing it with your 9-5 job can prove tricky. So in the lines below, I thought I’d talk a bit about how to do that balancing act successfully.

1. Get your daily schedule down.

A lot of people figure they do their 9-5 job, then they get their side work in, and then they do whatever they have time to. But that’s not a very smart way to schedule your day. In time, it leads to frustration at not having the time you might want for various leisure activities.

So it’s important to make a list of all the things you need to do and work out a more or less rigid schedule. Put down both leisure and business on that list, as that will help you construct a more satisfying schedule. Work hours, meals, shopping, side hustle, exercising, socializing - you need to leave enough time in your week to cover all the things that are important to you, otherwise it won’t work.

2. Organize your day job duties in tandem with your side projects.

If the last week of November is always busy at your office, you’ll want to make sure you don’t take on much freelance work during that period, for example. In order to organize these duties accordingly, it might also help to prioritize. You can do this by taking into account two aspects:

Is this specific job building towards your future? A lot of successful businessmen began their business as nothing but a side hustle to their main job. You need to figure out if your side hustle is just another income stream, or if you’d eventually like to move into that full-time. If so, you might want to prioritize any work that might establish credibility in the field.

How’s the pay? It’s an important topic for anyone, so don’t shy away from it. If your current side project is paying significantly less than your job, then obviously, you should strive to do good work, but not to the point where it endangers your day job.

3. Maximize your time.

You probably already have “dead times” in your day job, or at least some quiet moments. Instead of scrolling through your feed, use that time to work on your side hustle projects. That way, you maximize your time, and also leave more free space at the end of the work day for other activities, like leisure. This could be the time some people are taking smoke breaks, this could also be during your hour lunch. Spend 30 minutes eating your lunch and 30 minutes on your side hustle.

4. Write it down.

It often helps to set yourself an iron schedule. Between 3 and 5, each Tuesday, for example, you work on your side hustle (or whatever works for you). Don’t make the mistake of postponing projects for when you’ve got the time, because that way, you never will.

You need to set up a specific schedule, which you then respect and stick to. It may be hard at first, but it will help you deliver all your projects (both for the day job and the side hustle) on time!

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