There are 24 hours in a day. I know I just dropped a crazy truth bomb you’ve never heard before! Kidding.
There are only 24 hours in a day, and that means 24 hours to meet your basic needs; sleeping, eating, and living your life…you know that stuff. So let’s say you take off 8 hours from that 24 to sleep and eat (because who really gets 8 hours anymore, besides dogs and babies?), that leaves you with 16 hours, oh wait you have a full-time job, cut that in half. That leaves you with 8 hours to work with. 8 hours for commuting, fitness, friends, family, dating/romance and your side hustle.
I’ll be honest I consider myself an ultimate side hustler. (Toot your own horns, my friends, no one is going to toot it from the back seat of your life.)
Let me tell you about my day
I’m out of the house by 8:30 at the office by 9 and there till 5:30. Most days I sit in traffic for about 25 minutes and then go to the gym till 7:00. I get home around 7:15 wash off my greatness (aka Zumba sweat) then either heat up some meal I was smart enough to prepare ahead of time, whip something resembling healthy up or I go the Olivia Pope route and have wine and popcorn, depending on my mood.
By the time my birth control reminder goes off its 8 p.m., and I am cleaning up from dinner before starting the second part of my day, working on my side hustle.
I know what you might be thinking, if it’s 8 by the time you start working then you have like 3 hours before you (should) go to bed.
Oh no my friend because there is this funny little thing called “life” that pops up. My sister calls to tell me they accepted the offer on the house; my mom calls to tell me a relative I’m not sure I ever met has passed away, a best friend is wondering why the cute guy from girls night stopped answering her texts…see what I’m getting at?
This means that I have had to come up with systems to make sure I am on it and always working a little ahead for when “life” happens.
Here is the thing, I feel like a lot of people are afraid to say it flat out, you will have to make sacrifices if you want to accomplish your dreams.
That might mean missing some happy hours with the girls, not finding out how Stranger Things ends until tomorrow, turning down lunch with your co-workers to get that sponsored post written, etc.
I think the reason you don’t hear the word sacrifice a lot when people talk about their side hustle is because it tends to have a negative connotation behind it.
People hear “sacrifice, ” and they think, “It means I am giving something up.” That’s true, but it’s only part of the definition.
When you make a sacrifice it is typically to earn something else in return. You sacrifice having a cocktail because you want dessert. You sacrifice buying that sweater because you really want new boots. You sacrifice fun now to work on your blog to enjoy the benefits of your hard work later. It’s all about balance and figuring out what your priorities are and when you need to put one over the other.
Here are six things I remind myself when the sacrificing gets hard.
It will never be convenient to chase your goals.
I’m sorry, but it’s true. For most of us, there will never be a time in your life where you have nothing going on and endless time to chase your dreams. If it’s family, friends, day job or whatever, there will always be reasons not to go for it. Things you want to as a use an excuse to put off doing the hard work. Guess what, the longer you wait, the longer it will take.
There will always only be 24 hours in a day
Barring some scientific breakthrough that limits the amount of time we need to sleep, you will still have the same amount of hours in the day. No one is going to say, “Well you’re special. Here are five more hours a day to work on your side hustle. There is a meme on the internet that says, “Beyonce only has 24 hours in a day.” You have to make time to get things done, or they won’t get done.
As I already mentioned life is bound to happen, from small things like a friend calling you in tears, or you getting a sinus infection, to the big things like losing your job or losing a loved one, when these curveballs happen the best thing you could have done for yourself is to always work slightly ahead. Once you set up goals and figure out the path to get you where you want, always to try to be a little bit ahead. Always be ready to utilize those little pockets of time life provides you with. I always have paper and pen or my phone on me to take notes or answer emails; you never know when you’ll be sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck or the friend you’re meeting gets stuck in traffic. Utilize those pockets of time.
Know your limits
While there is no way to get around making sacrifices you have to know which sacrifices and compromises you aren’t willing to make. You have to have clear limits on yourself and everyone in your life. I mean everyone, from your partner, family, boss, clients or sponsors. If you are uncomfortable or it is putting too much pressure on you then speak up for yourself.
It’s worth it.
When it’s 1:00 a.m. and you find yourself rereading the sponsored agreement for the 3rd time, and all the words seem to be running together remember that it’s worth it. Remember why you started working on this hustle and know that every minute you put into it is getting you closer to your goals.
There are a million reasons to put your goals on hold but so many more reasons to go for it.
So tell me what is one sacrifice you can make to bring you closer to your dreams?