The kids need to go to soccer, you need to pick up the dry cleaning, and your husband just called to let you know he will be bringing a workmate home for dinner. Busy is an understatement. Sure, you have dreams of starting a side hustle that will eventually turn into your dream career, but who has time for that?
It might take a little bit of work and organization, but you do have time. In this post I am going to show you how to fit your side hustle into your life, so you can turn it into your dream career.
Do a Time Study
Where did the time go? If you find yourself asking this question, you need to do a time study to find out where exactly your time went. A time study is a simple exercise. Keep a notebook or digital calendar and log what you are doing each minute of the day for one week.
From the time you get up to the time you go to bed track what you are spending your time doing. Include commute times, working hours, errands, even all the time you spend playing on social media.
Once you know where your time is going take a look and see what things you can cut out or combine to save yourself some time.
Schedule Your Time
Now that you know where your time is going, it is time to schedule some time for yourself. Schedule not only your time, but your tasks. This allows you to more accurately plan your time. If you plan on taking an hour to do research and development, write it down. Include what you plan on researching and any ideas you have on where to look.
The more specific you can be about what you will be using your time for the more you will get accomplished in your allotted time. Make sure you have all of the tools lined out for your task before you sit down to start.
Having a specific task allows you to get right to work instead of spending the first fifteen minutes figuring out what you are going to do and what you will need.
Talk to Your Family
Without your family on board, making any changes in your life is going to be tough. Take the time to talk to them about what you would like to do and the changes they should expect. Discuss things like schedule changes, how they can help you, and how your goals will help them.
Giving them a heads up and something to get excited about will make it easier when the going gets tough. On the days your teenager is begging you to take them to a friend’s house because it is so important to their social life, a reminder of what your side hustle means to both of you can ease the heartbreak of waiting a day to see their friend.
After you talk to your family, it’s time to set some boundaries. You need to dedicate at least a few hours a week to your side hustle. That means behind a closed door, with no interruptions from the family. If your children are younger, it might be a good idea to find a sitter or trade an hour or two of quiet time with another mom in your area.
Five-year-olds are not known for their restraint. You might not be able to go pee without them knocking on the door because they can’t find their sock. (Even though they have been barefoot for the last 4 hours, as soon as you go pee, they NEED that sock!)
Other boundaries you might need to set are more personal. You might need to limit your social media time, say no to a night out with the girls, and cut back on a hobby you have been working on. Turn off your phone and try apps like Cold Turkey to keep you from getting distracted.
Ask for Specific Help
There is not one successful person out there who didn’t have help. You don’t need to be superwoman and take on everything. It’s time to ask for some help.
Be specific about the help you need. Ask someone to watch your children for an hour, pick up a pizza for dinner or grab your dry cleaning on their way by. Asking for specific help is the best way to get the help you need. If you just tell someone you could use some help, you might end up with the wrong help and that is frustrating to both the giver and the receiver.
If you say “hey I need some help,” you might get everything from self-help books to a super vegan dinner (even though you hate veggies.) So be specific.
Take it Out in Trade
You are probably not the only one who needs a little help. Get a little creative with your friends and pawn the spawn off see if they are willing to trade babysitting for something they need done. A dinner later in the week, running an errand for them, a car wash, anything they might need done.
Trading works very well especially if you are trading something you are already doing with something they are already doing. It isn’t very difficult to make a dinner for 6 rather than 3, or make an extra stop when you are already out. The same goes for the person you are trading with. Figure out what you need, and what they need and work it out.
Taking it out in trade is a great way to get some help, and to help someone else out. Win-win for everyone!
You Do Have Time
I know your life seems crazy right now, but you do have time to start your dream career. Take a look at where you are spending your time, schedule the things you need to do, and be specific! The more specific you are the better your results. Don’t forget, you aren’t in this alone. Reach out to family and friends and ask for a little help. Start your dream career today!