Handling a side hustle, working a full-time job, and also taking care of yourself is difficult. You probably want to give yourself entirely to all three, but it's likely impossible. However, to function properly and handle all you’ve got going on, you need to take self-care seriously — even though it might look like a waste of time at first. Here are a few tricks to help you find a balance.
This is the most crucial step. Having another job on the side can be distracting because the passion for the new venture is fresh and you'll likely have a hard time focusing on anything else. But it's called a 'side' hustle for a reason. You need to put your project in a box to focus on other things: your day job, family, and self-care still need to come first. Still, if you can master compartmentalization with your side gig, you will better succeed in your activities and balance all the aspects of your life.
Set Small Goals
Having responsibilities and deadlines at both your jobs can become overwhelming, especially if you try to do everything at once. An act of self-care is, in this case, creating a list of the goals that you want to achieve. You can further split those goals down into daily, weekly, and monthly accomplishable goals to make them easier to meet and avoid burnout.
Allow Yourself to Pause
Think about how often you allow yourself to slow down and take a break. Even though this may feel a bit limiting at first — especially when there is so much to take care of — constant activity puts you at risk of anxiety, burnout, and overwhelm, resulting in unpleasant things like resentment, exhaustion, and lack of motivation.
An easy way to avoid this is to schedule a time each day to take a break and zone out. Even taking a 15-minute walk, resting for a while in a room where no one can bother you, or asking someone for help so you can take a short break can feel life-changing. Give yourself permission to be present in the moment without having to create, give, or provide. Pausing also enables you to clarify what is working, what you need to change, and how you can make things happen.
Commit to Something That Brings You Joy
Most self-care practices suggest doing something that makes you feel good. Joy and laughter are medicinal, increasing serotonin and endorphins in the brain, relaxing the muscles, easing tension in the body, and more. Laughter also relieves everyday stress and worry, adds positivity and resilience to daily life, improves overall mood and happiness, and helps ease fear.
Automate and Outsource
When balancing a full-time job and a new side hustle, you need to understand the value of time. As unnecessary as it may feel to pay for a service to do something that you can do yourself, it could be in your best interest. Hiring help to tackle specific aspects of your startup will yield so much more as it helps you focus on other parts of the business that need more attention.
The task of business formation, for instance, involves the many steps. Instead of stretching yourself even thinner to tackle each one, you can engage a service to start LLC in Utah for you. It might cost you money in fees, but it can save your energy, giving you the chance to focus on more important things, plus you can work with a formation service instead of a lawyer to keep costs low.
Operating a side hustle requires lots of time, attention, and care. You should also adopt a few strategies to practice self-care, which is essential to every human being. Let the above steps help you find balance and thrive.
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