Working 5 to 9: The Juggling Game

It seems like when we become comfortable with our side hustles and we have regular clients, we’re constantly juggling between the various elements in our lives. Whether that’s work, the side hustle, family, friends, passion projects, caring for a loved, our pets, volunteering or whatever else incredible busy ambitious and busy women do these days. We have a lot on our plate.

But when we’re juggle between multiple side hustles, it can become challenging to know how to transition from one to the next.

This past Sunday, if you were catching up with me, I had clients I needed to see in two opposite directions in town and was able to get to them both on time miraculously. What I didn’t share was that I had to cancel on meeting a new person for my writing passion project that I’ve been planning for a couple of weeks. That kind of suck. I met her via the NextDoor app and discovered she lives relatively close to me. And she’s an aspiring writer and I like to think of myself as an aspiring writer. So we had plans to meet this past Sunday at 12pm at a cafe she knew of in the mid point between us.

Well, while working with my website client, at 11:15am I wouldn’t be able to make it to see her in time. And I was bummed out about it. So I sent her a text, explaining I was with a client but wouldn’t be able to meet her at our agreed upon time. I asked if we could reschedule. She seemed really okay with it and happy that I gave her notice before she made her way over to the cafe. But I just felt so bad I couldn’t keep that commitment.

Juggling all these things on my plate feels like a combination of luck and art. It’s about timing my schedule appointments so I give myself room to go over schedule without being late to the next appointment your. And I thought I was doing that. I just didn’t think I’d be working with the first client for nearly 4.5 hours! Sheesh!

Although, I am happy to say that I’m almost done with the website for the client. I’ll send him an email notice, have him review the final draft and collect my $125 balance that I am owed.

The only the good about juggling so many different projects is when they get finished, you can move it off your to-do list.

Happy Friday: Keep It Moving

Happy, happy, happy Friday, ladies! April never looked so good. I’m really enjoying Spring right now. Hope you are too.

Well, I’ve been finding my momentum and kicking up a little speed. Enough speed to keep up everything I got going on and finding a nice balance to it. Managing my time better, particularly. And as easy as it sounds, it’s not. I mean, in a perfect world, it would be.

But things happen. I leave work late. Traffic through downtown is always hot mess, especially anywhere near on an on-ramp. I’ll get a same day notary client I need to see. Email correspondences I’ve neglected from earlier in the day. Over the course of a few minutes, it feels like there’s always something coming up making it harder to get important projects completed.

So I schedule in myself. I schedule myself in my calendar like I was one of my freelance clients. I block off a few hours a week and only work on stuff for me during that block. And it helps. More than I thought it would. I don’t get everything done but I get the ball rolling and as long as the ball is moving, so am I. For the moment, that’s what I’m gonna do.

Keep it moving.

Working 5 to 9: The Important Things

I met up with a friend of mine from the old job this past Monday to catch up on everything. We hadn’t seen each other since January of this year. And to add a little nostalgia to our get -together that evening, we had dinner at one of out favorite ramen places in K-Town.

So we gabbed and talked and shared and laughed the night away, but as women typically do, we started talking about some of the more intimate details taking place in our lives. For my friend, it was working on her master’s degree and spending time with her boyfriend. For me, it was finding time to spend with people. And as we were talking about how we went about these important things, she remembered that how I hustling all the time and wanted to know if I still had all these “side things” going on.

But, of course! Her next question was as to how? On paper, it does seem like a lot is going on with me: new full time job, part time business, marketing the part time biz, side gigs in marketing in general, this blog and a book I just recently finished writing. In reality, I don’t work on all of this every day. That would be exhausting and almost impossible. I chop of my tasks through out the week so they are more manageable for me.

I schedule myself to write twice a week. I only perform a notarization when called. Usually, I create my marketing content on those occasions. I work five days a week at my job. I’ve been taking on other gigs from repeat clients or referrals only this year. And all this maneuvering around allows to do one the important things. Spend time with the people who matter to me.

I think it’s very important to have a life even when you’re side hustling. And when I say have a life, I don’t mean go to the movies or hanging out at bars. I mean making time for people. Keeping up with your connections. Checking in on people. Spending time people. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing.

Working 5 to 9: Is It Too Much?

I preach so much about how important or freeing it is to have a side hustle that I often forget or ignore the fact that maybe the reason most people don’t have a side hustle is because they don’t want one. I often assume the reason someone doesn’t posses a side hustle is because they dont know of the possibilities a side hustle and the extra income it can offer. What if everyone is aware and only few people seek out side hustling because at the end of the day, a full time job and a side hustle is just too much?

I’m a single woman. And by single I mean I’m not married. I have no husband (or partner if I wanna be P.C. about it), I have no kids, no mortgage, no children’s college I’m funding or ill older parent I’m caring for. A side hustle was made for someone like me. Someone who can remain focused on themselves. Someone whose priority is just them. What if you’re not single? What if you got little ones running around the house? Or a spouse whose income you rely on to help support the mortgage and the bills? Can you still have a side hustle, your full time job and your life?

The technical answer is yes. But the question is, do you want to? Do you want to juggle something else on your plate willingly? Do you want take on odd jobs and gigs. You want to use your spare time on other “work”. I can’t answer that for you. But you know whether or not you could and if the rewards would be worth your time.

So even though this blog is dedicated to the single woman out there hustling to pay her bills and save for that Spain vacation, I want to acknowledge the moms and caregivers who’ve thought about taking on gigs to supplement their income or expand their skill set. I know you have a lot on your plate and you’re taking care of priorities bigger than yourself. You’re not forgotten. You’re just hustlin’ in your own way.

And maybe your answer is yes. You’re willing to use the quiet in the morning when everyone is asleep to start your hustle. Or after you put the kids to bed. Maybe… you just need a little push. If it’s not too much.