One of the worst things that most people struggle with today is the idea of balancing their time. It’s quite impossible to find anyone who has fully mastered the art of balance in their life. When it comes to business and jobs, it certainly doesn’t get any easier. How could it? These are some of the most demanding aspects of life.
But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. There are a number of tried and true tips that have helped people conquer and manage balancing troubles. Now, the other challenge you face is if you have a side hustle and are still doing job applications.
For many reasons, you can find yourself in this situation. However, it is crucial that you are able to divide your time appropriately so both endeavors are successful. Here are a few tips you can implement today.
Wake Up Early
The first thing that you should do if you are trying to strike a good balance is to wake up early. Yes, you could wake up earlier than you did today. But what do you do immediately you wake up? In some cases, you may wake up early and do nothing until mid-morning. This could mean you wake up as early as 5:00 am and start being productive around 9:00 am.
However, if you are overloaded with commitments and things that need to be done, you do not have any time to waste. Every single minute not used should be considered a waste. Take the three-four hours when you wake up as the time to take care of your side hustle. The rest can be used for job applications. There shouldn’t be any downtime if you want to do both effectively.
The power of prioritizing will come in handy when trying to balance commitments. In some instances, the four hours you give to your side hustle aren’t enough. That means, instead of looking at job applications, you’ll have to work at your side gig for extra hours.
Also, you need to be realistic when prioritizing and look at how much work you can put in during a single sitting. For example, you can’t schedule a project to be completed in two hours when you know you will need to take several breaks and it will actually take your three.
Maintain Strict Boundaries
If you haven’t set any boundaries yet, then this is the time to do so. You don’t want one aspect of your business interfering or taking time away from the other.
Boundaries, however, are useless if they’re set and not adhered to. Maintaining strict boundaries between the two will not only ensure success but also reduce the chances of burnout. If the two entities keep crossing over each other, there is no organization.
Understand Your Limits
Everyone has their own limitations and that’s not a weakness you carry, it’s just human nature. Understating yours early enough will ensure that you don’t struggle with what you can’t achieve. Sure you have been told that everything is achievable, but be realistic. At times you may need an accountant or legal help to aid you with your hustle.
At times, in your applications, you may need help deciding how to best answer a question. All in all, understanding your own limitations will allow you to ask for help when you need it.
Your Limited Time Can Be An Advantage
You only have 24 hours in a day to do as much as you possibly can. That means you have limited time to put into job applications, closing deals, and also managing your side hustle.
What you can do in this scenario is take advantage of the limited time. Set strict deadlines to finish up one thing within that day without looking at the next day. The deadline you set should allow enough time to complete what you started.
Trying to find a balance isn’t an easy task for most and you shouldn’t beat yourself up because you’re struggling. It takes practice and following tips like the ones above. With these tips, you can easily balance your side hustle and job applications quite appropriately.