There's enough stress and lost time associated with a single full-time job. Taking on an additional venture can feel as if it leaves no room for maintaining your own physical or mental health. Luckily, there are several strategies to keep both yourself and your side hustle in shape.
Meeting Your Needs
Without you, your project won't have anyone to maintain it or, more importantly, reap the benefits. It's important to put yourself first when spinning so many plates, as a lapse in your physical or mental health can render you incapable of performing tasks your business needs or making rational decisions when the situation calls for it. Keeping yourself healthy and competent isn't simply a necessity to keep the job running; you owe it to yourself.
It should go without saying that no matter how demanding or successful your side project is, your body still has certain requirements to survive. Be sure to take time out of your busy schedule to eat and get enough sleep. "Going without" isn't the demonstration of discipline you may think it is; it makes you less alert, causes your mood to spiral, and makes you more likely to become ill and incapable of doing any work, much less multiple jobs.
If you don't have time to go to a doctor, consider trying a telehealth service. This eliminates the need to spend much of your day traveling, waiting to be seen, and heading home. You'll just need to be available and near your phone at an agreed-upon time, have a brief conversation, and be on your way. And how to get a prescription without an in-person doctor visit? It’s simple: Telehealth doctors can send prescriptions to pharmacies in your area automatically, sometimes at a discounted price!
Maintaining the Project
There may be ways to run your side hustle more efficiently, which will both increase its value and give you more time to work on yourself. These methods will be specific to your venture but set some time aside to find areas where your work can be streamlined or automated. Dedicating a few hours to finding inefficiencies and redundancies in your structure can save days later on.
You don't need to do it all alone. If your additional work brings in the budget for it, consider bringing in a little extra help to handle the aspects of your business that are either outside your scope or below your attention. If you're forming an LLC for your business, a formation company can handle the process in a more affordable (if less curated) manner than an attorney. Keep in mind that laws around LLCs vary by region, so be sure to research your local requirements.
Taking Time to Unwind
Even an entrepreneur such as yourself needs to relax occasionally, so prioritize your work-life balance wherever possible. Relax when your body calls for it, and fit in some light exercise like yoga or pilates when convenient. Is overtime at your first job worth the stress and giving up your weekend? One of the great things about having your own business is independence, so treat yourself to a day off whenever it would do minimal damage.
As difficult as it may seem, it's still possible to keep yourself happy and healthy while working and running a side hustle. Do what you can to avoid burnout, and accept help whenever it would benefit you.
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