How often do you hear this phrase? This is the biggest excuse I hear when people explain why they could never have a side gig or do something they are passionate about outside of work. But here’s the truth: We all have 24 hours in a day—it’s up to you how you prioritize your time.
Here are a few ways to make the best use of your time outside of the office.
1. Use Wait Time Well
Spend your free time multitasking. Use your time on the bus or standing in line at the store to catch up on small to-do list items like reading, paying bills or responding to less-urgent emails. Odds are you probably have more spare time each day than you realize. It all adds up! Using this idle time to be productive and cross smaller tasks off your list could free up a few hours each week to focus on your side gig.
2. Say "No" more often
When you say no to things that don’t serve you, you say yes to something else. In this case, you’re saying yes to creating the spare time to work on something you are passionate about.
For example, if you turn down just one activity each week—be it networking, a happy hour or dinner with friends—that’s another few hours you just made for yourself! Browse the web and see what others are doing in your niche- check out FreelancerMax.com to post or book side gigs!
3. Split Your Errands Up Over the Week
Rather than spending 20 minutes mindlessly browsing the internet, use it to complete other errands that you’d normally be stuck doing on the weekends: run to the market, drop off your dry cleaning, make a trip to the post office, and so on.
Like using your wait time wisely, I’m sure you could come up with a list of small activities that cram your weekends like grocery shopping, dropping off packages at the post office or taking your pet to the groomer. Now you’ve just gone from running errands on a Sunday afternoon to having a couple free hours to book a few side gigs or do whatever you’d like. Easy peasy!
If you have enough money coming in each month to cover your necessary expenses, consider outsourcing. Whether it be cleaning your apartment, fixing your computer or mowing your lawn—if financially feasible, it can be worth spending the cash to have these tasks done by a professional if it saves you time that you could use to focus on your passion.
5. Be Cognitive of Your Peak Hours
Getting to know which hours throughout your day that you are the most cognitively efficient is very important. If you are unaware of your peak hours, then you might not be using your time very wisely or to the best of your ability. I work best late at night and whenever possible I schedule nights as my time to write and cross smaller tasks off my to-do list.
Learning to juggle my responsibilities wasn’t easy at first, but all five of these examples have helped me free up my schedule just enough to create extra spare time for what I am passionate about. By identifying peak hours for myself, I have been able to get better work done on my side hustle in less time and more efficiently.
Well, there you go! A few more free hours every single week that you can use to go after what you’re really passionate about. Quit putting off something you are passionate about, take a look at your calendar and ask yourself what priorities you can be scheduling better to create more time for your side gig and be sure to visit FreelancerMax.com to find jobs that match your passion!