You get up at 6 am, work a full day at your 9-5, commute back home, make dinner, and then fall asleep watching the your favorite show. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there before.
For those of us who have passion projects and side hustles, our schedules can be hectic and unpredictable. Working a full day at your job can be exhausting, and finding ways to get motivated afterwards can be tough. But the truth is, if we aren’t able to balance our 9-5 and our side hustles, we probably aren’t ready to turn them into full time jobs. The life of a side hustler means early mornings, late nights, lots of coffee and just pushing through it all. As we take time for self-care, it’s important to make sure we aren’t losing our ambition or using our jobs as an excuse to let our passions suffer. It’s not impossible to get back into work mode when you come home, but it can seem overwhelming when you aren’t sure how to get there.
Here are 5 tips for getting back to the hustle after a long day at work:
Listen to your favorite podcast/playlist: A great way to feel like it’s the beginning of a new work day is to listen to your favorite morning podcasts or playlist. You can start this as early as your drive home to get back into the mindset of going to work. This is a great tip for tricking your mind into thinking that the next step is getting to work if this is a morning ritual of yours. Also, if you listen to podcast that discuss building a business or the job search, the conversations alone will be pretty motivating. I mean, it’ll be hard to sit on your couch listening to Myleik talk about chasing her dreams, and not doing anything to chase yours.
Stay energized during the day: The one thing that always gets me is eating dinner when I get home and taking a “nap” right after. Usually, I don’t eat breakfast or eat much of anything during the day so dinner is my first time sitting down for a meal. If this is anything like your eating habits, I encourage you to snack throughout the day and keep your energy up. The days when I’m able to be most productive, are when I decide that if I’m not right, neither is the work I produce. Long dinners give you an excuse to get comfortable for a long period of time – don’t put yourself in that position if you have work to do.
Make a to-do list for the night: Making a checklist of all the tasks you want to complete is a really intentional thing to do. Instead of writing out an entire laundry list of things you have to do (eventually), be realistic and make a short list of only the things you can actually get done in one night of working.
Take a break: Although sitting down for dinner and relaxing for hours in out of the question, it might not be a good idea to jump right into work either. When you finally get home, a half hour to read, have a bite to eat or even scroll your social feeds until you’re out of your corporate mindset. The goal here is to get your mind not off work itself, but off the work that has been on your mind all day. Stop thinking about the thing that need to get done in the office and start thinking about the things that need to get done within your side business.
Remember why you started: This is easily the number one way I get back into my work groove after a long day – something reminds me of why I started. Whether it be a text from my landlord, reminding me I want to own my home someday; an inspirational song; or even seeing friends or the people I admire doing great things on social media, they all remind me of why I began my journey in the first place. When you have the comfort of a bi-weekly pack check and aren’t necessarily “struggling”, it becomes easy to slack off. Knowing why you started, and realizing that you aren’t where you want to be is sure to motivate you to get back into hustle mode after you’ve clocked out.
What do you do to get back into hustle mode when you come home from work?