When you’re holding down a job, building a business and juggling life’s responsibilities, I’m willing to bet that you’ve been asked this question at least once:

“How do you find the time to work on everything you do?”

Any side hustler will tell you that the scheduling hustle is real but contrary to popular belief, productivity isn’t necessarily about getting more done each day, it’s getting the right things done.

What things? Well the things that help you achieve your goals, make more money, build momentum in your business and create space for the activities that bring you joy and make a difference in your life.

The truth is I don’t think it’s possible to feel like you’re doing every single thing that you want to achieve in a day. If that were true I’m sure a lot of us would probably be working round the clock…and doing that for an extended period always comes at a price.

The key is to re-frame your perspective from trying to do it all to being intentional and selective with where you spend your time. It’s one thing to have a list of things that you have to do, but you’ll make greater strides if you invest  time knowing WHY you’re doing it in the first place.

If you don’t run the day, the day will run you so here are 5 tips to plan your daily hustle:

1. Begin with the end in mind.

At the beginning of the year (and maybe even each month), it’s a common practice to create a list of goals that you want to accomplish.

Perhaps you write them on a card or list them on a white board hanging in your office, but once they are created how often do you look at them? Waiting until Dec 31st to do a year and review is no way to go through the year when each day presents an opportunity to reflect on your goals. More importantly, use these goals as inspiration to create tasks designed to help you achieve them.

Start each day by reflecting on the big goals that you have for yourself. Here are a few questions to help you get clear:

  • What is motivating you to hustle?
  • Would would it mean for you to accomplish your goals?
  • What’s at stake if you don’t pursue or achieve these goals?

Write down the 1-3 of the big goals that you’re working towards on your schedule each day so you are constantly reminding yourself of why you’re working so hard. Remember that action doesn’t have to be in leaps and bounds because small steps are still movement forward. Even if your goal focused tasks are limited that day to sending an important email or attending a networking coffee date, if it relates back to your bigger picture, these small steps will amount to big progress to your mission over time.

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2. State your commitments.

Do you go through the day stating how many things you’d like to do only to have the evening roll around and wonder where time went?

When you’re interested in doing something, you’ll do it only when it’s convenient. But when you’re committed you’ll do whatever you can to make it happen.

Create a practice of identifying 2-3 things that you are committed to completing each day – No exceptions and no excuses. I’d go a step further to recommend that at least one of your commitments should be self-care focused by identifying a non-negotiable task or activity that you’ll do for yourself that day. This could include a workout, unplugging from the internet or even just taking time to read a book.

Start each day with stating the 3 things you are committed to accomplishing and prioritize their completion.

4. Be realistic.

One of the biggest mistakes we make when it comes to creating a schedule is over estimating how much we can oldnoteactually accomplish within a day.

Fact: Side Hustlers have limited time to get things done so being intentional and realistic is a non-negotiable strategy when planning your day. It’s one thing to create a list of things to do but give careful thought as to when you’ll actually do them. Creating a list with 20 things on it may feel doable but is it feasible when you factor in:

  • A full day of work (approx 7.5-9 hours)
  • Commuting time
  • Personal activities
  • Eating
  • Sleep
  • And LIFE.

Hats off to my side hustling friends that are parents because not only are they working on their schedules they are also responsible for raising the next set of empire builders and that takes time! Identify your commitments, tasks and block off time in your schedule for when you will work on your side hustle, your to-dos and time for self care and/or personal development.

Make the most of your 24 hours by getting in the habit of creating appointments with yourself each day. I track meetings in my google calendar but I also love writing things down, creating categories for my tasks and color coding them on my schedule. Think of your day job. More than likely your calendar is your right hand for getting things done and tracking when things will happen throughout the day so use the same discpline with your personal schedule and don’t overextend yourself.

5. Reflect.

Once your day is complete, do you look back to see how it went or do you rush into prepping for the days ahead? Instead of worrying about what didn’t get done, reflect on what you did accomplish, the great things that happened during the day or ideas that came to mind. You can even go digital by using the site or app idonethis.com to record your wins of the day. On the flip side if things didn’t go so well, reflect on what could have been done differently, how you feel and your commitments for the next day. Checking in with yourself is an important way to stay connected to your purpose and not get lost in scheduling hustle overwhelm.

Burnout happens when you’re taking on too much and ignoring key signs along the way. Take pre-emptive steps to ensure that doesn’t happen by staying plugged in to how you feel and make adjustments when the happiness starts to fade from your hustle.

Challenge for you:

This week, plan your schedule using the 5 tips listed above and if you’re looking for a planner don’t worry because we’ve got you covered! The Daily Hustle Notepad is now available for purchase and shipping worldwide. If you live in Toronto you can also arrange to pick up your copy.

This 8.5 x 11 notepad contains 50 tear away sheets to help you stay focused on your goals, plan your schedule for the day and record notes, reminders or ideas.

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Your notepad planner includes:

  • Space to record your top 3 goals or reasons that you are hustling. Never lose sight of your WHY by writing them down each day
  • Log what you’re committed to accomplishing each day and prioritize your day on making it happen
  • Time tracker to record appointments, schedule tasks and see your day at a glance
  • Record inspiring notes to self or use this space to make notes

**Pencil and accessories not included** :)

Get your copy at https://secretsofasidehustler.selz.com/ or click on the side bar

Happy Planning!


Over to You:

What are your favourite secrets to master your daily hustle? Share them in the comments!

 

Chivon

Founder + CEO at Secrets of a Side Hustler
Chivon John wants to live in a world where individuals feel empowered to create their own opportunities instead of waiting for them. In 2014 she founded the Secrets of a Side Hustler community to inspire, educate and connect individuals who have or want to start a business in addition to their full time employment. You can connect with her at @chivonjohn