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Side hustling and staying productive

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So first and foremost... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!.. yay so 2016 is upon us! 

Did you set goals towards the end of last year? Did you make a note of your year-end report? - I have to be brutally honest right now... I didn't.

Not sure that is was a wise move but I have valid reasons.  In case you guys didn't know, this freelance business I own and run is, in fact, my side hustle!

As well as it being something I fit around my part-time employment  (which is still 4 days a week, 7 hours a day), I also have a little toddler as well.

Given this, I genuinely find myself very busy living life and balancing my work and home life routine. I didn't want to add the extra pressure of setting goals as I know I am a perfectionist and it will indirectly stress me out knowing I haven't had time to meet them, or try to meet them.

That doesn't mean I don't have any goals. I do. I just haven't set them in stone.
They are in my head, floating around, and I'm happy to keep them that way, until...until further notice!

Side Hustling and Staying Productive

You are probably wondering why I even bothered to write this post, but it became apparent that I can't be the only mom, working "part-time" and running my own side hustle creative freelance business.  There must be more of us out there. There MUST BE!

Then I began to wonder.. how do they juggle the daily tasks of being an entrepreneurial supermom? (thats not what I call myself, but it kinda does sum it up really!haha)

So given this is my side hustle, and this is my creative freelance business, I wanted to share the way I run things and stay productive at the same time, without setting any goals or indirectly (and accidentally) adding that extra pressure.

Here's how I stay productive with my side hustle:

1 | Staying Organised - Lists!

I write lists to help keep on top of all the different areas of work - part-time and freelance - and the different projects I have running simultaneously.  Writing it all down and seeing it in a list, whether that's online or on paper, I am able to visualise what i need to get through and that helps me stay organised.

2 | Apps 

I use a bunch of useful apps and tools to keep things streamlined and up-to-date no matter where I am.  Some apps I find useful on my mobile, others I prefer using the desktop version only.  It all depends on where I am, what I am doing, and how much time I have!
(PS...Watch this space for a blog post on this soon!)

3 | Work random hours

This goes against the grain for most freelance businesses, but when its your side-hustle and you love it and want to work on it, you will work the random hours. I find myself getting back to clients in the evening after dinner, or first thing in the morning before I start any other work.  I even find time to do client work in those odd random hours. Obviously, it helps having a supportive husband to tend to the toddler, but it all works out for me!

4 | Think think think

I am a serial overthinker. I overthink everything. When I find I have a bit of time to myself but I can't physically get on my laptop, or tablet, or phone (so usually when I am driving to and from my part-time employment) - I end up thinking. Generally, I have "trained" my brain to think about what the next thing I want to do for my business is. I say this very broadly as this could be "what am I doing tomorrow?" to "what do I want my business to be like in X months?" - It's vast. but I think about progressing and "that next step" all the time.

5 | Family time

When its family time its strictly that. No matter what the email says from my biggest current client, or what there "quick question" is.  Family time is important, I won't check emails or reply or be running to get my laptop to make that small amend. I will, however, be enjoying the time with my toddler and husband and making memories.  As much as I love running my business and working I make sure I keep time to have fun with my nearest and dearest. This also keeps my mind and eyes fresh for when I do get back to work!

So, as you can tell no goals means I may "plod" along in my own merry time, but it keeps me sain and helps me stay productive.

Do you have a side hustle? What is it? - How so you stay productive and fresh eyed?