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How to Balance Your Work and Side Hustle (+ free printable)

How to Balance your work and side hustle (+free printable)

My friends often ask me how I manage my blog, despite having a day job, and school. Last semester I had the most hectic schedule. But over time I learned to balance work, school and my side hustle. For those of you who don’t know, I have been blogging for almost a year now. On top of that, I have a day job, and I am at school too. At first it was overwhelming, especially during the first few months of blogging, where I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. There were moments where I thought of quitting this side hustle of mine, but I’m glad I didn’t.

So how exactly did I manage to balance all that, you might ask? Here are some ways I’m currently doing to stay on top of everything.

Plan ahead

I suck at using planners, I don’t usually write anything on them. But tell you this, your planners will be your best friend if you want to be able to balance your work and your side hustle. First write down all our appointments and all important events and tasks with their due date. Then plan blog posts and Instagram posts for the whole month. Scatter blog post ideas all over your calendar, but make sure to leave any room for changes. Write a daily to-do checklist, putting priorities on top of the list.

Work on your free time

Whenever you have a spare time, try to squeeze in small tasks for your blog. If you have a free 30 mins, try to reply to emails, engage with fellow bloggers, or even list down some ideas for the blog. This will help you cross off things on your to do list, making room for another task to be done.

Work ahead of time

I’ve always been the one who procrastinate a lot. I can say that doing everything last-minute is my forte. Hahaha. But over time, I learned that starting tasks early, helps you save time and helps you be more organized.  If you start procrastinating, your work/tasks will build up, which can overwhelm you, making you want to quit. So be smart and start your work as early as possible, and this will help you in the long run.

Don’t forget to have a ‘ME’ time

Trying to finish all the tasks in one seating is great, but don’t forget to take a break, and have a “ME” time. Balancing work and side hustle can be overwhelming, so if you don’t take time to sit down, and just relax without having to work you’ll eventually feel drained and you’ll probably lose motivation to continue this side hustle that you have been so passionate about. I know I said earlier that if you have free time, use that to work on your side hustle.  But it’s important to have one whole free day to spend to yourself or your family and friends. Whether it’s a spa day, shopping or a movie with friends, or being alone reading a book, it’s important to take a break.

How to Balance Work and Side Hustle (+ free printable)

I created this simple printable to help you stay organized. Click here to download it.

Thank you all for reading, I hope these tips help you in some way.  Make sure to share some love by pinning it. 🙂

How to Balance your Work and Side Hustle (+free printable)

How do you stay on top of all your work? Share them in the comments below. 🙂

 

 

 

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52 Comments

  • Reply Camille P.

    Love this! <3

    February 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm
    • Reply everythingabouther1@gmail.com

      Thank you Ate! ❤️❤️

      February 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Elaina

    I am so bad at work life balance. I admit I am a workaholic and am always hustling. I need more me time

    February 11, 2017 at 10:05 am
    • Reply everythingabouther1@gmail.com

      We tend to forget to have me time, especially when we are hustling. 🙂

      February 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply candy

    I just can’t turn down a great printable. I like my planner but this looks really good to use.

    February 11, 2017 at 10:41 am
    • Reply everythingabouther1@gmail.com

      Thank you for checking it out. Hope that planner helps. ❤️

      February 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Crystal

    This is helpful because I have my own business, blog, and I am going to be starting to work soon so I will need to plan things out.

    February 11, 2017 at 11:21 am
    • Reply everythingabouther1@gmail.com

      Thank you for reading. Much appreciated. ❤️

      February 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    It is really difficult sometimes to manage a blog, work, and life in general. You’ve provided some really great tips. Thanks for sharing the info! It’s always good to have reminders/ideas to help stay on track.

    February 11, 2017 at 11:25 am
    • Reply everythingabouther1@gmail.com

      Thank you for reading. Hope it helps you in some way ❤️

      February 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Carmen

    These are excellent tips as I am currently working balancing work life & blogging life. Making time for me time is absolutely imperative! :]

    // itsCarmen.com

    February 11, 2017 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Great tips! I can definitely be hard to do! My husband often reminds me that I need to take time to unplug as well.

    February 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    I am working on the me time part! I have been trying to at least dedicate enough time to read a chapter of my book a night. It is so important to take some time to recharge!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Anna Djong I Onelazychic

    Thank you for this reminder. I need to have my ME time. Its hard to do, I am sure we all know it. But we all needed the rest and balance our life.

    February 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Catherine

    This is a great post! I struggle so much just balancing school, part-time work, and blogging. I realized I spend waaaay too much time on Netflix, definitely need to kick that habit.

    xo
    Catherine | Beauty by Catherine

    February 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Natalie Loves Beauty

    These are really great tips! I’m juggling both and it can def become overwhelming, so getting some me time in is so important.

    February 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Stefani Harris

    Fantastic tips and love the printable! 🙂

    February 11, 2017 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Taylor

    This post is so so important. I especially love the “me time” part. I tend to be the least bit productive on days that I don’t set aside at least 30 minutes for myself. Even if it’s just right before bed.

    xo, Taylor (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

    February 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Ruxi

    thanks for the printable, very useful!!

    February 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Nicole McClean

    I am so bad at organising, thank you for the free download!! & tips

    February 12, 2017 at 1:32 am
  • Reply Cameron

    As someone with a full-time job and a few side hustles, I’d say this is spot-on!

    February 12, 2017 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Working ahead of time is a good tip. I am also terrible with procrastination. I am working at getting better at this!

    February 12, 2017 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Lindsey

    These are some really great tips! Love the printable you created!

    February 12, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Deanna

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m going to leave this open so I remember it!

    February 12, 2017 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Working at least 2-3 weeks ahead is key for me!

    February 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Rhiannon Howard

    Thanks for sharing, this will definitely help me when I go back to university and work after my maternity leave x

    February 13, 2017 at 1:02 am
  • Reply the Curious Pixie

    I work full time, have two kids and blog. I never have enough hours in the day. This is so useful. Thanks

    February 13, 2017 at 5:29 am
  • Reply Riva Treasure

    Love the advice you gave! I need to plan ahead for sure, makes it easier to be productive!

    February 13, 2017 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Prerna Garg

    These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing!

    February 13, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply analesha

    Great ideas! Thank you for the printable too. This is going straight on my fridge.

    February 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Luisa

    I find it so hard sometimes to manage the work life and blog life balance, even with planners and organisation haha. I definitely need to find a schedule that I can work with😊

    February 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Krista Williams

    So so helpful for me! I LOVE THIS.

    Thanks lady!
    xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    February 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Saranda

    Such a cute printable planner! I feel it’s pretty hard to combine everything and I just can not imagine how people with kids do it haha! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    February 15, 2017 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Manavi Siddhanti

    Hats off to you girl. Must be really hard to balance both the things. It’s always better to plan smartly. 😃

    Beforbeauty.com

    February 15, 2017 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Kendra

    Love this! I’m attempting to balance a part time job, my business and two start-ups! 😥 While it’s not always easy, I have to remind myself that I’m doing what I love and not everyone is fortunate to experience that.

    February 15, 2017 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Esther

    I love a good printable! Your blog post also inspired me to create printables for my clients!

    February 15, 2017 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Kendra Castillo

    I love all of this advice! Making sure to have personal “me” time is so important… and not procrastinating (I can be pretty bad 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    February 15, 2017 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Sarah Prince

    I’m currently doing this right NOW, as I type! 🙂 It’s hard making the side hustle grow while still taking some personal time. But I have definitely found that when I DON’T work completely around the clock, I can get much more done. 🙂

    February 15, 2017 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Melissa Chee

    Balance is so important!

    February 18, 2017 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Nicole @OldSchoolReads

    I’m glad you included Me time in the list. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. I also find it helpful to put your goals in your planner or somewhere handy. The reminder that you are working towards something helps with inspiration when things get tough. Lovely site. Enjoy your day.

    February 18, 2017 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Taris Kendricks

    This is very relatable to me. I am in school, work a part time job and I blog as well. Sometimes I feel like I pay more attention to my job that has nothing to o with my career. The To-Do-List might actually help me. I don’t see how you do it. Plus, I have Math 118 this year so, that is kicking my behibd already. But, thanks for this. Gave me a little motivation to keep going. !!❤😄

    February 18, 2017 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Peyton

    I really like your photo and aesthetic. Your tips are very helpful

    February 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Ewa

    Great tips. I started blogging in January and already have problems with time 🙂

    February 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Megan Martinez

    great tips! i’m always trying to find the right balance of work + side hustle + me time!

    February 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    These are great tips! I definitely try to fit in small tasks for my blog whenever I have a free minute.

    February 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply hal

    this is great advice – its very motivating to hear a person say how much they have going on & admit how hard it is to balance it all – it seems like so many bloggers I follow do it as their full time job or as a stay at home parent – and when you work full time its so much harder!

    February 19, 2017 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Christina

    I love this! I totally agree about using a planner, I absolutely cannot live without one. I’m currently juggling being a mom to two young kids, working full-time, and blogging part-time. I couldn’t do it without my planner! Thanks so much for sharing and I can’t wait to download your printable!

    February 19, 2017 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Poonam

    These are all great tips! “Me” time is a must!

    February 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    This is so practical and helpful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    February 20, 2017 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Gisel

    I love this post! Having a full-time job, being a part-time student, AND having my blog/side hustle is tough! These are all great tips to keep on track!

    Gisel | http://www.mintandthrift.com

    February 22, 2017 at 7:30 am
  • Reply Melody Rosa

    These are great tips and I def need this printable
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    April 19, 2017 at 11:06 am
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