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!
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?