BLOGGER AND FULL-TIME WORKER, TONYE BARIMALA SHARES HER TIPS FOR FINDING A BALANCE
Juggling a full-time job and side hustle successfully is not for the faint of heart, but it can be done says Blogger, Tonye of By Tonye.
The self-acclaimed organizer junkie admits to loving being able to plan her daily and monthly activities but when she started a full-time job along with her side hustle, her life went from a well-planned life to being chaotic. She admits to not being able to keep an organized space anymore; “everything was just all around and in my face”, she added.
All that is long gone now and she shares her tips for keeping it all together and finding some semblance of balance.
1. Evaluate work-life balance
First, you must be able to evaluate your work-life balance. People make mistakes evaluating their work-life balance. They evaluate it based on collapse metrics, that is when you take your life and evaluate it by one metric (where some people use money, some people use happiness) which means other areas of your life suffer and that is problematic.
Another problematic method is sequencing strategy where you say. “You are going to focus on education and then focus on my career. Later you say you want to focus on my relationship and life’s just never that clear-cut.
I talked about a video my friend shared with me earlier. In the video: Eric Barker, the author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong reveals four areas you need to fulfill in order to be happy.
For you to achieve a work like balance, you need to evaluate work-life balance based on four metrics: happiness, achievement, significance, and legacy.
Are you passionate about what you are doing? Are you doing well, getting ahead in your career? Is what you are doing having positive effects on the people you love? Are you affecting lives with your skills?
When you are able to deposit a little bit in each one of four buckets (metrics) on a weekly or monthly basis, you will end up finding a good approximation of work-life balance
“Usually, before the start of a new month, I always draw out a plan for the next month. Activities may not go as planned but the essence of planning is to keep me in check. I know the activities to carry out, prioritize and skip. You cannot have a balance if you do not plan.” You just cannot be working with blind thoughts; it won’t help your productivity.
The ability to identify the agenda to prioritize will save you stress and time. My job and clients come first but that does not mean my blog has to suffer. Though frequency of posting on my blog might reduce but here is the balance, I get everything done. Accept you cannot do it all, prioritize the most important, and make sure that your brain is devoted to the things you have set out to do.
4. Stop Procrastinating
You need to be prepared to buckle down and hustle—that is why it is a side hustle in the first place. As the agenda comes, get things done. Here is why you need to get things done, your stress level will definitely increase, you are definitely wasting your time and this will lead to you using up time for yourself – which I guess you cannot afford!
5. Time Management
How do you manage your time? Well, you already know, no time wasted is recovered. A way to keep you on track, give yourself deadlines. Deadlines that will set your ass on fire but will help you to manage your time effectively and finish work on time. Lack of time management will only reduce your productivity and create more work. During the day, you work on your job. Nights, weekends? It is all about the side hustle. There is no mix up whatsoever!