9 Ways To Find Energy For Your Side Hustle

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9 Ways To Find Energy For Your Side Hustle

Executing your 9-5 projects and maintaining a functional side hustle is not an easy task. And there will be times running both projects could become overwhelming.

Finding a middle ground where you’ll shine on your 9-5 job without sacrificing your side hustle is important in keeping all income streams flowing while maintaining your sanity.

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Key Highlights

🎯 Losing motivation happens, but connecting to a source of motivation to revive is key.

🎯 Doing what you love with financial benefits keeps your drive on.

🎯 Staying positive amid setbacks is crucial to your side hustle.

🎯 People who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them.

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Building a successful side hustle involves a lot of work especially when you’re starting from scratch with limited funding. This all can drain your energy and sometimes lead to blood pressure imbalance and in extreme cases depression.

You don’t need to get to this low point, there are practical ways to work this out – this I will show you as we proceed.

Meanwhile, 45% of working Americans earn an extra income aside from their regular jobs, which I think is rather underestimated. I believe the number should be more especially with the recent rise in inflation and other living expenses in developed economies like the US. Uk, Canada, and Europe.

Emerging economies are also witnessing the contraction of their economies and a rise in the price of fuel and other commodities. This shrinks disposable income in the hands of salary earners.

While the number is small businesses and part-time gigs go up, many entrepreneurs stop halfway through their journeys, primarily due to demotivation and burnout.

I assume you’re reading this because you’ve somehow lost some spark – and need to revive and find the energy and pursue that passion you dearly love.

Ways to Find Energy For Your Side Hustle

1. Think of the Reasons Why you Started

There is always a specific or a combination of reasons why you started your side hustle idea or small business. Reflecting on those reasons could elevate your energy levels even if not physically but emotionally.

While experiencing workload stress or financial difficulties, it is pretty easy to forgo your side hustle and possibly make excuses for not pushing through. However, to keep your plans on track, you have to constantly ask yourself why you started your side hustle in the first place.

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You can elevate your energies by having these reasons written down in your diary. You can always go back to refresh when setbacks happen.

Always putting these motivating factors in front of you will give you a push on days you feel down.

We all face seasons when things do not go the way we want. But we must be intentional about our goals by not giving up, we must source the right fuel to go.

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2. Structure weekends to accommodate your side hustle

As a full-time worker, weekends are golden opportunities to push your side hustle forward and to speed up things.

Even if weekends should be used to relax, party, or hang out with family and friends,  those days are valuable and should be structured wisely to accommodate your side hustle startup without sacrificing spending quality time with your family and friends.

Spending quality time doesn’t necessarily mean laying on the couch, watching TV, and lazying away all weekend. It means making use of some hours on your weekends to be in “work mode”. You’d be surprised how much you will achieve and that sends some positive vibes and energy to you because you completed something important.

Utilizing these free days would push you overboard and give you that needed boost. This move will, of course, create a perfect balance between your work and side hustle.

However, working on your side hustles should not stop you from socializing with friends and family from time to time during weekends. Moreover, hanging out with family also improves the overall quality of your life by generating positivity and happiness.

3. Keep your goals clear and prioritize

Outlining your goals and prioritizing them is a great way to start and keep yourself organized. At times, the low-energy level or setback witnessed could be traced to having a cluttered schedule or a disorganized work process.

Writing down your goals is an excellent way to get more things done, however, you need to know which ones to tackle first. Without prioritizing, you might mix things up at some point and get the overall feeling that your side hustle gig is overwhelming.  

A recent report by Prof. Gail Matthew of the Dominican University proved via an experiment that people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them.

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It further reveals that by merely writing your goal down, you become 42% more likely to achieve them than those who do not clearly outline them.

4. Time Management

Time management is one trait that some entrepreneurs sometimes fail to manage efficiently. Poor time management could mix things up even with the slightest misplacement of priority. Creating a schedule will help organize your time correctly.

Today, there are apps like ToDoist, and Google’s own Google Tasks, which allow users to create to-do lists.

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These apps are often ignored but they are excellent time management tools that improve productivity and allow you to discipline yourself and create time for essential tasks.

5. Lunch Breaks

Though the temptation comes in, carrying out your side projects while actively doing your regular job may not be practical. This may add more pressure to your day, which could lower your energy level. Moreover, you also risk being sanctioned when you go about your business while actively working in most organizations.

An excellent way to utilize your work time would be to use lunch breaks. Most workplaces offer up to 1 hour of lunch breaks. It wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to munch whatever you have for lunch.

You will have a few minutes to run through some minor work on your side. Though your efforts may not be significant due to the time frame, they do a lot in the long run.

6. Keep a positive spirit

Undoubtedly, there is a relationship between positivity and success. Though it seems unrealistic, positive thinking can relate to the feeling of safety, and productivity which drives us to actualize powerful results. We are more likely to become successful with a positive state of mind.

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In the most realistic sense, you should be passionate about your side hustle, which will lead you to put in more work.

Suppose you are having a bad day or exhausted. In that case, it is not a good idea to channel that energy into your side hustle, as you can unknowingly draw negativity into your work.

There is a famous saying; what you have is what you get. This situation applies to side hustles, as your success depends on your energy and positivity.

7. Avoid Distractions

When you allow every prompt or notification to get in the way, you could get distracted.

If you run an online side hustle, it becomes even more accessible for distractions to set in. With today’s social media frenzy, it isn’t easy to maintain focus with notifications constantly popping up here and there. From TikTok to Facebook and other social media platforms, we always find ourselves indulged in these virtual worlds of entertainment.

A quick planned session of 2 minutes can unknowingly turn into more than three hours of content consumption.

Suppose you happen to face these distractions regularly. In that case, you can consider using apps like FocusMe and Offtime to control social media usage. These apps can enable you to cut out Social media usage within specific periods, enabling you to manage your time correctly to do more things quickly.

8. Create short hype moments

As odd as it sounds, there are little things that can get us excited about work. Also known as a pump-up routine, these hypes can be anything ranging from music to doing some workouts or even eating.

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Before starting any work session on your side hustle, you can consider doing activities you love to be filled with an adrenaline rush throughout your work time.

Suppose your hype moment happens to be music. In that case, you can set up a playlist of your favorite songs on Spotify or any other music platform.

On the other hand, if you prefer eating, drinking a cup of coffee, or doing push-ups, you can always do so to keep yourself in the best state of mind. In addition, your hype moment shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, so you can always have the energy to get to work with that adrenaline rush.

9. Get Enough Sleep

9 Ways To Find Energy For Your Side Hustle

9-5ers oftentimes have to work extra hours to meet up with the startup demands of their small business, be it, B2B or B2C business models, all adding up to extra hours, late into the night.

Following this routine over time can build up to sleep deprivation and stress which is detrimental to the human body and can stall your performance.

Sufficient sleep translates to more energy, which gives you the mindset to get things done quickly, leading to a higher productivity level both in your side hustle and your 9-5 job.

Suppose you battle with a proper sleep cycle. In that case, you can always consider utilizing sleep aid apps like Sleep Cycle or any other health app you prefer.

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Sound health translates to better work performance and longevity.

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Final Thoughts

Finding the right energy to keep your side hustle bustling is daunting. Moreover, lack of energy and motivation is the primary reason for most failed side hustles worldwide. Thus, it would be best if you had much motivation.

However, as long as you have a determined spirit and clearly outlined goals, it becomes easier to actualize your dreams of creating a successful side hustle.

Staying positive is crucial, as the energy we dish out is most likely what we get in return. Conversely, negative thinking leads to low energy levels, which brings about poor productivity.

We wish you good luck as you strive to make a successful income stream via your side hustle.