This week’s blog is from Dr. Melissa Gratias, a Savannah-based work psychologist, 1MC presenter and self-starting entrepreneur with words of wisdom for everyone who wants to be more focused and effective. Read on as the good doctor shares a few tips for avoiding spontaneous human combustion. FYI – – The Creative Coast’s blogspot is Savannah’s sounding board for local thinkers, innovators, wanderers and wonderers. Guest bloggers share their thoughts, opinions and creative noodling from all over the map… .. This post is not written for the following people:
- Appropriately-employed, reasonably-compensated folks who contentedly make ends meet
- People who are satisfied with their current company, industry, and/or career path
- Individuals who have little or no intention to make a career change for the foreseeable future
Manage Your Time
- Create bandwidth. Decide what you are going to give up in order to gain the additional hours you need for your side hustle. And, sacrificing sleep is not a sustainable option. Here are some suggestions.
- Be very, very organized. Don’t let whims or moods determine how you spend your hours and the tasks you perform. The tools to do this are not unfamiliar: a calendar and a to-do list. Use them spectacularly.
- Avoid multitasking. Even though you have many things to do, perform them one at a time. Use a timer to stay focused.
Sustain Your Energy
- Seek the company of supportive people. You will need to be around folks who help you stay on track professionally and personally. Who is your tribe?
- Allocate time for self-care. You will not have enough energy if you do not invest in the maintenance and development of your body and mind. Make sure you are replenishing your reserves.
- Outsource tasks. Support the side hustles of other people: housekeepers, babysitters, personal chefs, writers, virtual assistants, lawn care folks, and so on.
Budget Your Money
- Manage your spending. Track how you spend your money. What can you do without? If the side hustle is not worth sacrificing some nice-to-haves, then is it worth it at all?
- Make some extra cash. Rent out your spare bedroom, sell your extra stuff, and/or make money (legally) with your body. Then…
- Allocate funds for your side hustle. If a plant is not watered, it will die. If it takes you two months to accomplish a task that you could pay someone $200 to do in a week, shouldn’t you pay them?