How to balance your main and side.

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Are you one of those women who has a 9-5 and a side hustle….maybe one or two side hustles at that?

It can be hard to balance it all; your main job pays the bills and etc. and you might be one of those people that actually enjoys your job. Your side hustles are more of your passion and purpose projects, keeping you creative, motivated, and inspired; and you really love doing those! But how do you balance both? I’m here to shed some light and how I manage my 9-5 and side hustle, my true purpose and passion movement, Soul Health Chronicles.

I came up with the idea of Soul Health Chronicles while at work. I had some downtime between meetings and began to think about what I can do outside my 9-5 that drives, pushes me, and can be a form of self-care…it was then in 2017 Soul Health Chronicles came to fruition.

It can seem like there are not enough hours in the day when you are wearing so many hats, but there are some perks to having a 9-5 and a side hustle, if you’re one of those women who aren’t planning to turn your side hustle(s) into your full time job just yet.

Below are a few ways I balance my main and my side.

1. When you're at your 9-5, focus on your 9-5.

A lot of times we can get side tracked at work when we have a lot of things going on. There are times when you come up with ideas at work for your side hustle and want to hit your vision board and start brainstorming. However, you’re at work, being paid to be there and perform whichever tasks and duties assigned to you, even some that aren't, keeping it real. If you come up with an idea or project for your side hustle, write it down in your notes, planner, or on a post it and work on it after work. We love and enjoy our side hustles, but for the time being your 9-5 is the bulk of your income and you want to be present and professional.

2. Work on your side hustle on your lunch.

When I started typing this blog, I was on my lunch. I tend to work through my lunch on tasks and ideas for Soul Health Chronicles. Whether it’s posting on social media, interacting with groups I am involved in on social media, or checking in on my clients through Get Your Program or emails; it’s all Soul Health Chronicles related! I definitely eat lunch but I am also getting other tasks completed between bites.

3. Use weekends and holidays to your advantage.

Being that I work a 9-5 I am off on the weekends and most “holidays” so I use that time to my full advantage! I give a lot of time, energy, and hard work to my 9-5 and I make sure to give the same to my side hustle as well. The amounts of time look different because I have to work around someone else’s schedule, but I make it work for me, I have too!

My weekdays consist of working out before work, going to my 9-5, then working on Soul Health Chronicles in the evening, weekends, and holidays. Of course I leave room for self care, family, friends, social life and more amazing things and people that are important to me. You have to know your schedule and limits.

If you know you work best on certain weekdays or weekends better than others, use those days to get the most done! You’re only one person, you can only do so much. Don’t stretch yourself to thin or overwhelm yourself. Having multiple tasks on your plate and executing them effectively all comes down to balance and time management.

I have the luxury of knowing my job's schedule and events months in advance, so I'm able to map out my own schedule in advance. Anything that will overwhelm or stretch me to the point of burn out and not pour into me....I simply say no to it. I can't be and do everything all the time so why even try to?

4. Ask for assistance, people are willing to help and invest in your dreams and goals.

For people that have a side hustle, a lot of times it’s a one woman production. You’re the admin, social media manger, the creative, outreach, event planner, the networking person and so, so much more! Like the saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child”.

Learn when to ask for assistance, you probably can do everything on your own, but it may take longer and more time. Who has time for that though?

Having a team with you helps with the work load; you can gain a different view of your business and bounce ideas off people. You don’t have to take everything that someone is offering but if they can help with a part of your business and bring something new to the table aligned with what you do then why not? It's nice to have a village to help along the way that believes in your goals and dreams and helps to build your vision while you pour into them throughout the process and letting them know you appreciate them!

5. Smell the flowers you've planted.

In this fast pace world we live in, we tend to overlook our achievements and accomplishments. Do you remember why you're grinding so hard? Do you celebrate your wins? Do you tell people how much they matter and made a change in your life, goals, and dreams?

We move so fast! We will achieve a goal that we've put blood, sweat, prayer,sacrifice, and tears into and act like its not a big deal....honey it is! Let that sink in, don't be nonchalant about it because me and you both know real success doesn't happen over night. Recognize yourself for your hard work, smell the flowers, remain humble, give thanks, and continue to work on the best version of yourself!

Show when you have bloomed into who you've visioned to be, but also the journey. Don't be afraid to share the process, the ups and downs, the detours, the small and big wins. Its motivating, empowering, and inspiring to yourself and can be to another person.

Sharing your journey authentically in a genuine manner can go a long way.

I hope these tips help those that are trying to find the balance between their main and side, it's not an easy balance but it can be done!

As always, work on becoming the best version of yourself, you are your only competition!

Shawnte' Knox

Owner, Soul Health Chronicles

#balanceiskey #sidehustle #empower #inspire #motivate

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