I’d be lying if I said the trick to work 45 hours a week, run a blog, and freelance was easy, but nothing worth having ever comes easy. So here a few key things that fuel the drive and dedication:
It’s hard to think long-term when you want results yesterday, but it’s the only way you’ll ever get to where you want to go. Think about what matters more – drinks with your friend right now or building your business so you can have drinks whenever you want?
You won’t be working like crazy forever, it’s only temporary. When you get a clear picture of where you see yourself in 5-10 years it makes those long nights of staring at a screen worthwhile.
Manage your time… every minute!
The last thing you want to do is suffer from burnout because you’re running tight on deadlines and you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. This is easily avoided by managing your time and making use of every spare moment you have.
One thing I always do first is plan my “down days” – the days I commit to doing nothing but focusing on my family and having fun. I’ll usually take off Friday night, Saturday afternoon into the evening, and Sunday night. From there, I’m able to plan what needs to happen so I don’t fall behind on my blog or Zanita Studio.
I read self-development books every day on the train to and from my full-time job so I stay inspired for new blog content and ways to improve.
Then, I’ll do things for my blog/freelance projects on weeknights after work and in the morning on weekends. Sometimes, I’ll even use my lunch break to grow my Instagram following.
Pick & choose your projects
There are times you’ll have to say no. In fact, saying no is a huge benefit to your business because it helps you focus on what really matters in terms of growth.
I was freelancing for a magazine that wasn’t authentic to me or “on brand” with what I’m building so I had to let it go like Frozen. And you will, too.
I’m also approached by new apps, loop giveaways, and brands that I just don’t have time for and fully support. A good question to ask yourself is: ‘Will being a VIP member of this new fashion app make things easier for me or help grow my business?’
If you’re going to hustle, know what you’re willing to give up.
It’s hard to say no to opportunities because you think about the ‘what ifs’ and you want to do the best, but sometimes doing the best happens from doing less. Remember less is more.