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How to Balance Your Side Hustle with Your 9-5

How to Balance Your Side Hustle with Your 9-5

I think that finding balance in our lives is a universal struggle. People work, have relationships, have children, have hobbies and various other things that are constantly competing for their time. The biggest challenge is finding a way to fit everything into our lives and not fall apart in the process.

I definitely don’t have it all figured out but wanted to share how I am keeping my head above water. Here is how I have been balancing my side hustle with my 9-5.

Waking Up Early

This is an absolute must for me. If I want to get things done before I head off to work, I need to roll outta bed by 5AM. Might sound crazy, but it really is some of my best focus time of the day. Alarm goes off at 5 and I’m sipping on a cup of coffee a few minutes later. The house is still quiet and I’m able to follow up on emails, publish and promote new blog posts, and schedule new content. I am typically able to work for about an hour before I head out for my morning run, which is also crucial to my process.

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Schedule Ahead

I try to schedule as much as I can ahead of time. Whether blog posts or social content, the more you can have ready to go the better. Here are some tools I use to make things a bit easier.

Iconosquare
I like to schedule my Instagram posts using Iconosquare. It’s so much easier to schedule your posts ahead of time, to include captions and hashtags. Then you are simply prompted to post via your phone. Iconosquare also offers analytics and other features but scheduling is what I use most. You’re even able to see how your feed will look with future posts, pretty handy for creating the perfect grid!

Iconosquare Preview

Iconosquare Preview

Tailwind
I absolutely love using Tailwind for Pinterest scheduling. It makes it so easy to schedule your own pins as well as repin other user’s pins. You are also able to take advantage of Tailwind Tribes where you can join other bloggers and influencers to cross-share content. I’m now at about 460k monthly viewers and am slowly seeing an increase on conversions to my blog. I schedule around 30 pins a day as well as mix in some manual pinning as well.

IFTTT
IFTTT is a free platform that helps you coordinate different actions across applications. You can do this through what the platform calls applets. For instance I use an applet that will automatically tweet my Instagram posts on Twitter. I am more active on Instagram than I am on Twitter so this helps fill in the content void I might otherwise have. The possibilities are endless.

IFTTT sample

Just a few of the many applet options.

Efficient Time Management

If you have a 9-5, finding time throughout the week can be difficult. I already mentioned I use a small chunk of time each morning to get things done. In addition, I am always looking for ways to utilize my time more efficiently.

Prioritizing what you need to do will help tremendously so you don’t waste any precious time. I’m more of a Google Calendar kinda girl verses a bullet journal keeper. I simply schedule things out, create check lists and am able to keep organized that way.

In the evening, after the kids go to bed, is another bit of time I can claim to build my side hustle. Even if I can only fit in an hour before I’m toast, every little bit adds up! I also bring my laptop or notebook to my girls’ swim practices, for example. If I am able to get a little work done while they are busy, great! I try to limit distractions during family time, because ultimately they are my priority.

Know When to Ease Up

Sometimes you are simply not going to have enough time to get things done. And thats okay! Realize when to let up a bit and chill. Quality is better than quantity. Your side hustle isn’t going anywhere and you can always pick up where you left off.

I believe that if you are passionate about building your side hustle you will find a way to make it work. You have to have some discipline and be creative with your time, but it is possible to grow a side hustle while still maintaining your 9-5.

If you have a side hustle and a 9-5 how do you manage getting everything done? Please share your tips and tricks in the comments. Aloha!

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Chantal
    January 20, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    I currently work a 9-5 and started my blog only this past December. Thank you for sharing! I find this very helpful

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 21, 2018 at 9:43 AM

      Thanks Chantal! Good luck with your blog!!

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    Rawlings sunday
    January 20, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Planning, scheduling and waking early is cool for me. Most times, i put a lot of work into getting my post ready for many challenges involved but i try to manage it all.

    https://rawlingsunday.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/9-reasons-you-need-to-budget-your-money/

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 21, 2018 at 9:43 AM

      Keep up the good work! Its a long grind but will pay off! Aloha 🙂

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    Ashley
    January 20, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    These tips are so fabulous! I use a few, but definitely want to try some others!

    • Reply
      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 21, 2018 at 9:42 AM

      Thanks Ashley!

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    All She Things
    January 19, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Planning, scheduling, and tailwind are the keys to excel in both your job and side hustle 🙂 Great tips you’ve shared that’ll prove helpful to anyone looking for ways to multitask!

    http://www.allshethings.com

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 19, 2018 at 8:24 PM

      Yup, no matter what you are trying to juggle it takes good time management 🙂 Aloha!

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    platforms and pacifiers - hanna
    January 19, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Planning ahead and waking up early keep me on track too!! If I get even a few minutes off schedule I feel like my entire day gets thrown off!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 19, 2018 at 8:23 PM

      Totally agree! Thanks Hanna!

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    Helen Little
    January 19, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Thanks so much for these tips! I keep meaning to use IFTTT, it looks like it could save me a lot of time. Feeling much more motivated after reading your post.

    • Reply
      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 19, 2018 at 8:22 PM

      Awesome! Thanks Helen.

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    Jenni
    January 19, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    I like that you devote specific time to promote your blog. It becomes part of your wake up routine along with coffee. Great idea!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 19, 2018 at 8:22 PM

      Yes! Absolutely routine, makes it easier to wake up that early.

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    Amanda Martin
    January 19, 2018 at 6:27 AM

    Great tips! I always schedule things in advance, too. I get most of my “side gig” stuff done on Sunday afternoons so I can focus on other things throughout the week.
    http://www.amandasok.com

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 19, 2018 at 8:21 PM

      Thats awesome!

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    Beth Eaton
    January 19, 2018 at 5:51 AM

    Yuck – the dreaded waking up early! While I know that is KEY to starting your day, I still despise it. LOL

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 19, 2018 at 6:02 AM

      LOL! I hear ya, the ritual of morning coffee and quiet in the house helps motivate me to get outta bed!

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    Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor
    January 19, 2018 at 5:48 AM

    Great tips! Scheduling things ahead and time management is a big thing for me, even as a SAHM.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 19, 2018 at 5:59 AM

      Absolutely! Thanks Ayanna 🙂

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    courtney byers
    January 18, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    These are such great tips! I work full-time and my #1 goal this year is to have better time management. Waking up early is my other goal. I will have to try Tail Wind. It’s on my list to try.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 18, 2018 at 7:45 PM

      Thanks Courtney! Tailwind has a 30-day free trial I believe. You should definitely check it out!

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    Torey @ Lovely and Green
    January 18, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Great tips, Julie!

    I am currently trying to figure out how to juggle everything I want to get done and I am feeling so frazzled! I hear so much about tailwind, I may have to give it a try one of these days soon!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      January 18, 2018 at 7:43 PM

      Thanks Torey! It’s a never ending challenge but it gets easier the longer your at it I think 🙂

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