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Author: Noelle Bailey

Be honest with yourself and what you can and canít handle
These days, side hustles are the new hobbies and working more than one job is pretty much expected. Between paying off student loans and getting the rent check in on time, itís no wonder more working class people leave their 9-5ís and clock in for a 5-9 right after.

Although working those long hours can be vigorous, itís commendable. One trait that highly successful people share is that theyíre persistent, meaning grind until your goals are reached by any means. Oprah didnít become Oprah by showing up to work and then kicking her feet up afterward, so why should you?

Stick to a schedule

Since your time is now limited and especially precious, every minute counts. Staying on schedule will make your tasks flow more easily and relieve you of the stress of forgetting to complete something.

Although it seems obvious, keeping a calendar with your tasks detailed by day will be extremely helpful. Keep your calendar in a place where you are productive and visit often such as your desk.


If youíre busy at job 1 planning an annual fundraiser, itís probably not the best time to pick up an extra shift at job 2. Be honest with yourself and what you can and canít handle.

Staying on schedule will make your tasks flow more easily
Be realistic with your time

Stretching yourself too thin isnít beneficial if you work a full-time job and have clients to please for your personal business. Therefore, be realistic and donít sacrifice sleep in the meantime.

Know when itís time to throw in the towel

Letting something go doesnít mean you quit, it means youíre changing strategy. When one job doesnít fit your lifestyle donít be afraid to move on.

Be honest with your employers

By not being upfront with your employers about other jobs, you welcome easy opportunities to cause a rift in the workplace. Chances are, after being open with your boss theyíll understand and be receptive to why youíre drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day.

Be realistic and donít sacrifice sleep in the meantime
How to plan a productive day with multiple hustles

Wake up on time

Every second counts when youíre attempting to balance multiple gigs. This means the snooze button is no longer an option. Set your day up where every moment is valuable.

Meditate/Set your intentions

Whether you do this in the morning or before you go to bed, itís important to take time to centre yourself and stay focused in the midst of being busy.

There are several apps that make meditation easy whether youíre at home, on your lunch break, or on the train home. Both Simple Habit and Headspace provide users with free customizable opportunities to wind down with meditations ranging from 5 minutes to half an hour.

Make your lunch productive

Although itís important to take a break during your lunch time, if your mind has been focused on multiple projects, take your lunch to hash out your thoughts or get some work done. Also, make sure youíre eating a healthy lunch that will give you energy.

Keep a notebook throughout your day

You know that thought that pops into your head about job 2 while your at job 1? The same thought you forget about once you actually get to job 2 and now itís driving you crazy? Avoid the hustler haze and carry a notebook to write down your random thoughts throughout the day.

Instead of getting flustered with everything you need to get done, plan out each task one by one
Schedule your post-work personal tasks

It can be overwhelming working several jobs and still having to be concerned with making dinner, washing your hair, or cleaning the bathroom. Instead of getting flustered with everything you need to get done, plan out each task one by one.

Wind down

Always take time to yourself. Whether itís having a glass of wine, watching an episode of your favorite show, or taking a nice bath. Itís crucial to maintain your sanity and mental health while youíre busy.

Practice Gratitude

Writing down everything youíre thankful for will ground you and put everything in perspective especially if youíve had a bad day. When you visualize what youíre grateful for youíre able to appreciate everything you have and stay motivated while you grind.

Get a good nightís sleep

You can only be so productive without a healthy amount of sleep. Itís a fact!

Noelle Bailey

Noelle Bailey is a Los Angeles native and Howard University graduate with a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Electronic Studio. Whatís that mean? I love asking questions, telling you about it, and making it look nice at the end. When I'm not working I love to blog, film, and edit my YouTube series. My favourite subject to document is YOU! Yes, you! I love understanding what motivates people, what discourages them and everything in between.

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Thursday, August 30th 2018 at 2:22PM
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