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How You Can Stay Sane While Moonlighting

by MD on April 8, 2011

Moonlighting and Your Sanity

How You Can Have a Life While Moonlighting

Alright so I’ve told you guys many times before how I think that moonlighting can be really fun. You know, holding down a side hustle when you have a full-time job. You’re able to continue earning a steady income while on the side you get to dabble with entrepreneurship to see if you have what it takes. I find that this is much better than jumping right in and branching off on your own. Moonlighting is a great idea in my opinion.

There’s also the other side to moonlighting. I must admit that you can also lose your mind and sanity while trying to maintain a successful side hustle along with your full-timeĀ  career. Between trying to maintain a social life and finding enough time to sleep so that you can be productive, moonlighting can take a major toll on your sanity. Let’s look at how you can stay sane while moonlighting:

Set goals for the side hustle.

What are your plans for your side gig? Do you want to go full-time eventually? Do you want to earn extra spending money? My current goal is to finish an eBook project by May. I try not to set any financial goals because I don’t want to be solely focused on money. I find that setting goals in general gives you something to work towards.

Keep a calendar.

I’m on and off with this idea, but it works great. You essentially keep a large calendar at eye level by your desk. You update this calendar and jot down everything that comes to mind/deserves your attention. This will help you stay exponentially more organized. This calendar works the best when you use it for everything. You can keep track of nights out, meetings, projects, and anything else that will help you stay focused and prioritized.

Don’t multi-task so damn much.

I’m guilty of multi-tasking to the max. You’ll catch me eating a meal, writing a post, reading a book, and watching tv, all at the same time. I know that this doesn’t work because my attention is so diluted that it’s damn near impossible to be productive by any means. My goal is to stop multi-tasking all of the time. Do you find that you multi-task too much?

Have a social life.

As much as you want to work, you need to maintain a social life. Don’t neglect your friends and don’t skip social events just to stay in your room. This will drive you nuts. Getting out and talking to people is good for you. I try to go to the gym every day during the week. I’ll either do some weights or I’ll attend a kickboxing class. This forces me to get out and to stay active. I usually come back refreshed and ready to work.

Disconnect once in a while.

Yes you have to actually turn your Blackberry and laptop off sometimes. For me I try to disconnect at least one day on the weekend. This means that I just hang out with friends or do something fun, without going online to check stats or stress about some minor detail. Disconnecting for a little bit is great because it brings you back to the basics. You quickly realize that you don’t need to be connected all of the time. You need some time for yourself away from the computer.

There you have it, a few quick ways you can stay sane with a side hustle.

How have you managed to stay sane while holding down a side hustle? Have you ever lost your mind?

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