Yes, that’s right for the past two years I have been working full-time and going to grad school and here recently, I have been working full-time, going to grad school and working on building my brand and let me tell you, it’s not at all easy! Working a full-time job, takes a lot of energy, most times I want to go home and crash for the night, but I have homework I need to work on or I need to do something for my side-hustle, but I have been able to manage and I want to help you manage. Follow these tips below and you should be fine!
1. Create a Schedule
This is probably the most important of them all! Not only do you need to create a schedule, but you need to stick to it. If you don’t, it’ll be so easy to stay off task and to continue staying off task. You work 8am to 5pm. You want to squeeze in a gym session, so go from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, go home take a shower and be out by 7:00pm to do your homework for a couple of hours and then to work on your side hustle for a couple hours. If you throw in a curve ball sometime between the gym and doing your homework, you may not get to working on your side hustle. Always keep an agenda and/or put in calendar reminders in your phone to keep you on task!
2. Create designated study & work space
This is also important. Don’t let the couch be your designated study and/or work space. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve began doing homework while sitting on the couch and somehow ended up falling asleep! Pick a place that gives you inspiration and motivation to get done what you need to get done.
Make sure you prioritize your work! When you’re at your job, prioritize what needs to be done immediately, in the next 20 minutes, in the next hour and before you leave for the day. Do the same with your homework, especially if you’re in multiple classes. Think what is due? What is going to take the most time? In your side hustle, what is something that needs to be done ASAP? What is something that can be done in a week from now? Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize, so that you can stay on track and focused.
4. Take Care of You
Recently, I’ve been feeling extremely overwhelmed and burnout. I have days where I wake up and don’t want to go to work and I have days where I get off work and don’t want to do a homework assignment. Make sure you are doing things to take care of yourself. Go on a spa day when times permit, take off from work and have a personal day, do what you need to do to make sure you are staying sane when you have a lot going on.
5. Ask for Help
Yes, if you need help, PLEASE do not be afraid to ask for. I’ve been creatively stunted for a while. I haven’t been able to write a blog post, an Instagram caption or write a paper for class for a couple of months now. However, I’ve reached out for help to keep the blog thriving. I’ve posted on a few websites for editorial interns and social media interns, because I need HELP. If it weren’t for these lovely women helping me, the last blog post, would probably be from April or even earlier.
6. Celebrate Small Wins
I’ve been playing with the though of entrepreneurship for a while and going into Social Media Management for companies. A small win for me was coming up with a name for my agency, a bio, and coming up with the aesthetics for the site and social accounts. Small wins.
7. Remember the End Goals
Remembering that I am in grad school to further my education and continue my path within a certain field is something that keeps me pushing! Also, a Master’s degree can mean more money as well! I’m also trying to remember the end goal of working on a side hustle…which is working for myself and being my own boss.