Let’s be real for a moment, working a full time job can be completely exhausting. Regardless of what you do or how much you love your job, we all have those days that we crave 5pm to hit and welcome happy hour with open arms. After 8 (or often more) hours of nonstop focus, working and mental strain, 5pm is usually the signal that it’s time to stop, relax and unwind.
Unless, of course, you’re also working on a side hustle, like a blog or small business.
When I know I have comments to go through, social media to schedule or posts and photos to revise and edit, 5pm seems more like the start to another work day instead of the end of one. I know I’m not the only one balancing this!
Staying motivate to use those last evening hours to get work done can be difficult. Curling into bed and binge watching your favorite show likely seems more appealing than emails or scheduling after a full days work.
Here are some small things that keep me motivated to keep working while balancing my 9 to 5 and my 5 to 9.
Reflect on your goals often
We all get tired and burnt out at time. It’s so important to constantly be reminded of why we started, and what we’re working so hard for. Whether you plan to take your side hustle full time or if it just adds a little extra light to your days, remind yourself of your why as often as possible.
I tend to write it out in my planner each week as a reminder.
Give yourself after hours, hours
Going home and knowing that you just have tons to do can be overwhelming to the point that you do nothing at all. Instead, try giving yourself after hours, hours. Meaning, you set in advance the times that you’ll be working after your full time gig to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s always easier for me to sit down and focus when I know I only have two or three scheduled hours of work until I can enjoy some free time.
Talk about what you’re working on
I know it can be nerve wracking to share our passion projects with the world, but it does wonders for our motivation! Find a friend or a few friends who will be excited to watch you light up as you talk about this thing you love so much. Being able to share what you do helps ensure that your spark doesn’t burn out, and will make you excited to get to work each day.
Get enough sleep
Sleep impacts so many things that we want to do. When you’re exhausted, coming home after a long day at work to focus on your side hustle just isn’t going to happen. Make sure you’re giving your body time to reset and recover at the end of the day so that you have the energy you need to keep working.
Take time off
Absence makes the heart grow fonder in everything we do. If you’re constantly working on your side hustle, eventually it just becomes more work and less of a joy. Be sure to take time to enjoy the other elements of what you do: like reading other blogs or supporting other small and creative businesses.
It’s all about replenishment!
If you’re working a 9 to 5 and a 5 to 9 right now, what do you do to keep yourself motivated to keep working, when it’s easier to just slack or give up? I’d love to hear how we’re all working through the struggle!