The thing about having a side hustle is that if you’re calling it a “side hustle” that means you probably have a “main hustle” as well. When I’m not engaging in all of my artistic endeavors, I’m also a full-time graphic designer. It takes a lot to keep all of those balls in the air while also trying to be a good employee, partner, friend, daughter, sister and maintain a shred of sanity.
I’m not going to lie, some days it’s not easy and it feels like you need to question your priorities in life. Every year I set goals for myself and think of something new and exciting I want to add to my business or try. My excitement level isn’t a problem, it’s the lack of time I have. One thing I definitely don’t do enough of is take the time to relax.
The thing about too much stress is it leads to a whole host of other things that tend to be negative effects on your health. So while trying to be entrepreneurial champion may seem like a good idea, in theory, it doesn’t mean that’s a good long-term goal. Like it or not if your brain doesn’t tell you when to stop your body MOST DEFINITELY will. Sometimes that just means something like catching a cold or getting a headache. It sometimes feels like when the conscious you is working away and trying to do ALL THE THINGS there’s a second you behind the scenes having a chat with your body. They’re very clearly plotting how to take you down before you self-destruct. That may seem a little hostile but your conspirators actually have the best of intentions for you. You just need to listen to them once and a while.
Scheduling in time for yourself, to eat a properly balanced meal, exercise, and get adequate rest is essential. I have a rule where I don’t work past a certain time a night. Because I have a full-time day job, I’m putting in a lot of my extra time in the evenings and weekends. Also, I’m not 20 years old anymore and staying up past a certain time at night has a whole host of consequences for me that I didn’t think were possible if alcohol wasn’t somehow involved. As well, my full-time job is important to me and I don’t want to compromise my performance there either.
Another rule I have is that if I need to spend a weekend working on projects during the day, my evenings are free to watch TV, go out, or just do something that isn’t related to the extra tasks I’m taking on. I also try to do laundry on those days so that I’m forced to get up and go all the way downstairs to the basement periodically.
I’m not in a perfect place with my work-life balance but it’s something I’m making a conscious effort to pay more attention to and change. Even little changes here and there will help keep your life more balanced. There’s a lot of reward in working hard on things your passionate about, just don’t forget to live your life and relax a little while you’re at it.
What do you do to keep a good work-life balance? Share with me in the comments!