Beyond the 9 to 5: Staying Alive

BEYOND THE 9 TO 5

A series for creatives who work a full-time job but are passionate about growing their side hustles.

When you're a creative entrepreneur working a full-time job, it's rare that you call it a night after your 9-5. The hustle is real.

If you're a go-getter who is always picking up side projects, it can become very demanding mentally and physically. I really wanted to start a series for advice on how to help boost your side projects while still staying committed to your job, which will hopefully lead you to take on your passion full-time in the long run!

Over the past couple of months, I've found myself crashing at 3pm and have been finding it harder to wake up early every morning. That needed to change if I'm trying to work beyond the 9-5 hustle! So, I've found a few ways that have boosted my energy and have helped me stay awake and lively during the day! See below for these small adjustments you can make to get everything you need to get done AND then some.

1. Commit to morning workouts (aka put money on it.)

As hard as it is for me to get up in the morning, I've forced myself to join classes and gyms where you have to register to reserve your spot and get penalized if you don't make it. It's harsh but at least it gives me the motivation to wake up or I'm losing $$$, and nobody likes that. I've been slacking lately but morning workouts, I'm coming for ya.

2. Find and perfect your AM & PM routine.

This might sound pretty corny, but I have to be excited or have something planned in order to get up and get going in the morning. With a little bit of research and help from my beauty guru's, I've found the best products that get me excited to wake up, wash my face, and throw on basic make-up all while the coffee is brewing. If I go to the gym, then I have even more time to shower, and take my time during this process. This 'me' time is necessary before I head into work and in the evenings it's the perfect wind down. I also found my go-to fuel in the mornings i.e Bulletproof Coffee & Breakfast Power Sandwiches!

3. Make green tea your afternoon pick-me-up.

Coffee runs my life, but I've depended on it so much that it's become more of a necessity then a treat (no, literally I get headaches if I don't have at least one cup a day.) SO, I tried green tea with honey every afternoon and along with some fruit or a smoothie, I feel reenergized to tackle the rest of the day.

4. Break up your workflow with errands.

I'm completely guilty of working all day and getting home then plopping on the couch to open my laptop and work some more. I found that I'm not fully invested in it because I never took a real 'break.' So, pad in your weekly errands post work like grocery shopping, doing a few pampering trips or just going on a walk to clear your head. You won't feel as drowsy before you dive into hustle #2.

5. Commit to small tasks on the weekend.

As much as I didn't want to give up my weekends, I found that I am SO much more stress free on a Saturday or Sunday morning to knock out a blog post or finish up some small business tasks before having my 'fun days.' It's still definitely important to take time off for yourself, but if you can commit to something small, go for it and it's one less item you'll have to worry about during the week.

 

What are some ways you stay motivated during the day and into those late nights??

 

Stay tuned for the next post in this series on systems to streamline and organize your workflow.