We're all guilty of it - we tell ourselves that we don't have time to do a side hustle or pursue our passions when there are dishes in the sink, or laundry piling up on our bed. But is this really an excuse? Or is it just a subconscious way of telling yourself that pursuing your passion isn't worth the effort?
When you think of starting a side hustle, do you catch yourself saying “Sorry, I’m just too busy'' too often?
We all have jobs to do, and responsibilities to handle. I'm sure that you're busy, but there may be more time than what we think of first when it comes down to our daily schedules.
Let me tell you that it’s not about time, it’s about priorities.
It takes a lot of courage and confidence--not to mention time to make a living outside of your day job.
So how do you make time for your side hustle even if you’re way too busy with your 9-5? Check out these key things to help when you are just too busy to work:
1. Stop making excuses. You're tired of the day-to-day routine and want to start your own side hustle.
You know you'll be working for yourself, which means freedom. Yet, you still have not made that first step.
Are you really too busy for it?
Or have you used this excuse before to get out of maybe some house chores or social events you don’t really like to go to?
You see, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, some people may have more limitations than others. It can be different in every situation because others could really have a lot going on with work, family and just life itself.
However, we need to be honest with ourselves because it could really be just us making all these excuses.
Do you commute to work? Do you spend an hour a day watching tv? Why don’t you use the extra time to come up with ideas for a side hustle?
Maybe you have days off? You don’t even have to use the whole day. Just a few hours to do your research or start setting up your business.
Take action and know how much time is really available for side hustles on top of your responsibilities every week.
You may find yourself with more time than you realized.
2. Get up really, really early. Or stay up really, really late. I know this may not seem like much but hear me out for a second.
The biggest drain on your time isn’t the time in which you are busy getting things done, it is being interrupted all day long by people with work or who want to talk about life and what's going on with them.
Dedicate an hour or two each day for your side hustle and by the end of the week, you’ll be surprised how much time you were able to put in.
Waking up ahead of time can be rough sometimes, but this is where you can squeeze in working on your side hustle. If you’re not a morning person, then try getting things done the night before.
It’s a bit of a sacrifice but hey that’s how we got the hustle on!
3. Figure out those five minute tasks. Figure out what tasks related to your business can be completed in fives minutes and work them into your day.
We easily get distracted by simply looking at social media feeds and these small bits can really add up.
Why not do something more productive?
You could do little marketing tasks, respond to an email, or create a social media page for your business - whatever it is that you need done quickly.
Plus, with smartphones, you can do these tasks absolutely anywhere.
It’s going to take some discipline but it’ll be a huge time-saver!
5. Social media can be such a time-waster. As I mentioned earlier, do you even realize how much of a distraction social media can be?
If you find yourself constantly checking your Facebook feed, there is an extension for Chrome called News Feed Eradicator that will block the site without having to deactivate or delete your account.
You can also choose for it to let you know when friends send messages instead or if someone commented on one of your posts so as not get too far off track with what you need to accomplish.
If you recognize this as a problem, do something about it.
Put away your phone, block notifications just until you get some stuff done.
4. Learn to say “No”. When you say no to what doesn't serve you, you are saying yes to something else.
In this case, you're going for the things that matter and making time for it.
So when other people's agendas don't fit into yours or vice versa, go ahead and decline.
When you say yes to every opportunity, it can often leave you feeling like there is not enough time in the day.
But do turn down those things one at a time each week, so you’ll have more hours which means you have extra time to work on a project without feeling guilty about not being able to do everything all the time.
Saying no gives yourself some space and room for improvement on your current ideas while also giving boundaries so that they don't overwhelm - just as what Richard Branson once said of business opportunities: "There's always another one coming."
6. Set that deadline. Setting firm deadlines for projects will force you to make time and work on your business.
By not being flexible, you'll do whatever it takes to get the job done such as wake up earlier or avoid distractions.
What goals would you like to achieve?
When can they be achieved by?
Write down exact dates in order of priority with a deadline date so that there are no more excuses when the clock is ticking.
However, you don't need to spend a lot of time on creating the perfect plan.
Keep it realistic.
You can’t let yourself get distracted by every little detail in your plan just because you want everything to be perfect-- that is an unrealistic expectation for anyone's work!
You just need to try sticking with deadlines, holding yourself accountable when things seem overwhelming or challenging, and stop making excuses.
You may have limited time but unlimited possibilities.
One of the best ways to make use of our precious moments is by working on a side hustle, which can be anything from running your own blog or crafting an Etsy store to teaching English online.
What matters most?
Building something bigger than yourself!