How to Juggle Your Side-Hustles When You Are On the Road
Because that is life.
Yes. We are all busy. But we are also ambitious, am I right?
Maybe you are juggling multiple side-hustles with your 9 - 6.
If you do. optimization of time and energy matters.
Methods and Tips to Cope with Side-Hustles and Day Job Using 14–15 Working Hours Per Day As the Energy Ceiling
Always ask your boss (or administrator) for the travel itinerary 1 month in advance. Request the same from the marketing team if you must travel for corporate events.
Your planning starts when you have the information at your fingertips.
Must-Do # 1 — Pre-Fill Your Calendar With Commute Details
First, identify the dates and time duration of air travel, road commute, and time-zone crossings. Mark out days when you are moving up in the air and on the road.
I do this for 2 reasons.
I get headaches when I try to work in a coach. So, I do not.
I work very well up in the air. Therefore, I ensure that I sleep well the night before to work full steam in my passenger seat.
Must-Do # 2 — Pre-Book Your Calendar to Work on Your Side-Hustles
Trust me on this one. Everyone from the branch office and every corporate diamond client wants to meet you when you visit.
They will eat up all available real estate on your calendar.
You must pre-book your time to work on your side hustles at least 3 weeks before your corporate travel. Otherwise, you will start missing your side-hustle delivery deadlines.
I recommend you do this for non-project-based side-hustles. Read below for projects.
Must-Do # 3 — If Your Side-Hustles Involve Project Work
One of my side-hustles involves copywriting project work.
If your side-hustles involve project delivery as mine does, I recommend you finish your work ahead of time. Complete the delivery draft before takeoff.
Why? Because projects require intense concentration and focus. And you will not get them while on the road.
One note of advice: Finish the draft first. Then send it on the communicated deadline.
It is easier to work on a completed first draft for subsequent revisions than to produce the first draft on the road.
Must-Do # 4 — If Your Side-Hustles Involve Face-to-Face Contact Time
As a fractional Chief Pitching Officer of an A.I.-based retail solution startup, my main job (there) is to meet and pitch.
That role demands contact time with investors, customers, and industry peers. If only calls are required, I will take them while on the road (since I cannot do any work anyway).
If virtual appearance is necessary, I will take such sessions before starting my workday. My mind is ready to handle sharp questions when I am fresh.
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