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How to successfully balance a full-time job and a side hustle without burnout

Most people don’t have the luxury of quitting a full-time job to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. They’re forced to manage a full-time job while building their hustle to pay the bills and keep making money.

Not surprisingly, balancing a full-time job with another business often leads to anxiety, stress, and ultimately burnout. If this sounds all too familiar, here are five tips to help you successfully juggle a full-time job with your side hustle.

1. Plan your time carefully

Time is money, which is especially true when balancing a full-time job with another source of income. You may not have much control over the hours you have to devote to your full-time job, but you can be flexible about how much you spend on your side hustle.

At the start of each week, sit down and plan the days ahead. Use time blocking to block time for your full-time job, then note when you have the opportunity to work on your hustle. Stay organized by blocking out time in your Google calendar and don’t forget to set aside space for hobbies and personal care.

2. Don’t blur the lines between your jobs

Stop now if you are trying to sneak into your daily work! While it’s tempting to try to work on two projects at once, it rarely works out well and you could risk disciplinary action from your current employer.

Instead, try working solo to increase your productivity and keep the lines between your full-time job and your part-time hustle completely separate. Use individual emails, create separate accounts for all shared tools, and don’t get caught using company equipment for personal gain. In some cases, it may even be advantageous to have a separate work laptop or, at the very least, a different user profile.


3. Remember why you are there

If you work hard on one side, chances are you hope that one day it will become your full-time job. When times get tough and you want to put everything away, remember why you started and what your end goal is.

Increase your motivation at work by setting achievable goals and celebrating even the most minor wins, and try revamping your home office to renew your productivity.

4. Slowly shift priorities

As your side business begins to take off, you will need to devote more time to growing it. Eventually, there will come a time when you need to talk to the human resources department about your full-time job to see how to reduce your hours.

While you may want to get into your hustle right away, it’s best to shift your priorities slowly. Stay focused on your end goal, but keep in mind that building a business is often a slow process and it’s easier to leave a job than to return to it.

If you find it difficult to manage your hustle alongside your full-time job, consider outsourcing some of the more time-consuming parts of your business to freelancers. Things like social media, writing, and blogging can be handled externally, giving you more time to focus on what you really want to do.

5. Take time to recharge

Finally, don’t wait to crash to take a day off. Make self-care and rest a priority, and recharge your batteries regularly. Get into the habit of taking time off every month and don’t pretend to take a break.

Set your out of office, change your Slack status, and turn off your notifications. There’s no point in taking time off if you’re not letting your brain rest properly. Taking the time to recharge will save you time in the long run as it can take a lot longer to recover from a burnout episode.

Prevent burnout before it starts

Managing a full-time job and a side hustle will be hard work, but it’s doable. Remember why you started, keep your lives separate, take time for yourself, and prevent burnout from simmering before it hits.

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