I have a wonderful girlfriend that puts programs together for busy business professionals that also have what she affectionately calls a “side hustle.” I met her while I worked as a content marketing specialist at a tech company in Dallas. We bonded over our mutual love of side hustling and how badly we both wanted to make those hustles our full-time jobs. If you have kept up with my blog, you know I’ve recently been MIA while balancing my day job and jumpstarting my business, Lighted Wellness. In today’s post, I want to share with you how I am balancing my day job with my dream life.Yes, it can be done!
For the past three months, I have been working at a digital agency as a Social Media Specialist. In between managing some major brands online, I have reignited my desire to create the life of my dreams. I have found that I’m much more productive with a day job. I believe this stems from not having the overbearing fear of how I will afford my finances as I build my business as a Health Coach. But maintaining both your passion and your day job does not come easily! Below is my list of how I’ve made this transition possible without missing out on my life. I hope you find it helpful for your life, as well!
Make Sleep A Priority
I’ll kick this off with the golden rule of life: REST! Getting enough sleep is paramount to overall good health. You are going to be working double time, and the only way to keep up with the pace is to be well rested. You know those days when you barely slept the night before and wake up grouchy and hungry and you can’t really think straight throughout the day, except about how bad you want to be in bed watching Netflix? Yeah, that’s not going to work right now. But don’t worry, you can save that version of yourself for one day a week, like Saturday or Sunday (more on that later) if you wish. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. at the latest. No exceptions! If you have a hard time winding down at night, create a routine that relaxes you before bed. On Sundays, I like to take a long bath while reading a book. Try to switch off all electronics around 9 p.m. to signal to your brain that it’s time to let that melotonin kick in and relax your body. There are also many wonderful yoga stretches you can do to get ready for epic rest. Meditation is another activity that can help you wind down from a busy day and weekend. Get your beauty rest, beautiful! You will reap the benefits of less food cravings, clearer thinking, a better complexion, and improved digestion!
Create A Morning Routine
I absolutely struggled with this during my first month back to my day job. After nine months of a very relaxed schedule, I was no longer used to rushing around in the morning to get somewhere by a definite time. In order to avoid feeling stressed first thing in the morning (and after some tense moments with HR at the day job), I created a morning routine that allows me to enjoy my favorite part of the day: the glorious, brand new, beautiful morning! I get up around 6:15 a.m. and take a walk with my fur baby, Leo, while I enjoy my morning smoothie outside. It’s important to capitalize on your time outside if you work in an office all day. Set the tone for your day by enjoying your morning. Also, don’t skip the most important meal of the day: breakfast!
“Don’t let too many days go by without giving your real passions in life some attention. It’s easy to push what you truly want in life to the side. In fact, I would argue that we are generally taught to think this way throughout our education and adult lives. But life is short and you deserve to be happy and excited about it every. single. day.”
Work on the Obvious: Time Management
You will undoubtedly need to hone in on your time management skills. Schedule your side hustle tasks for the day to be completed either before or after your day job, but don’t let too many days go by without giving your real passions in life some attention. It’s easy to push what you truly want in life to the side. In fact, I would argue that we are generally taught to think this way throughout our education and adult lives. But life is short and you deserve to be happy and excited about it every. single. day. What has worked best for me is blocking off 3-4 hours of my Saturday or Sunday to schedule my social media for the week and plan out my weekly tasks for Lighted Wellness. See where you have room in your schedule to feed your passions and commit. Don’t forget to schedule in some time for you, too. Whether it’s an hour for your favorite TV show, a pedicure, a night out with your friends, or just to lay in bed and watch Netflix– plan it out!
In conclusion: These months have flown by, but I am proud of myself for not giving up on my ultimate goal of being a full time health coach and motivational speaker. It is definitely much more work to balance multiple jobs, but the reward of not worrying about my finances has been totally worth it. It is my wish for you to not give up on yours. Take everything one step at a time and believe in yourself! You are capable of anything you desire.
To the life of our dreams,