When time is limited and you need to get some work done on your side hustle, you have to get smart. I have found a few ways that I have been able to work with the small amount of time that I have during the week.
Have some designated time that is all yours
Have a spouse give you a few hours a week, or if you can hire a babysitter that can watch your kid while you work. Neighborhood kids make excellent babysitters if you are not planning on leaving the house. I work Wednesday nights when my husband watches my kid, and am planning on getting a babysitter one weekend afternoon or additional night in the fall to help with craft show prep. You can also see if there is another side-hustler in your area that you can swap babysitting duties with so that both of you get time to work.
Batch your tasks
This is where planning ahead really counts (hello, Trello!) I tend to work on one task, like photo editing or sewing a particular item all at one time. I find that repetitive work helps me get more done. I also like to time myself when doing a task so that I am not spending my entire night doing one thing.
Another nice thing about batching your tasks is that it forces you to plan ahead- to know what blog posts you are going to be doing so you can create graphics, or to create an editorial calendar for Instagram so you know what photos need to be taken.
Invest in some technology and get to multitasking
Now that my daughter is more self-sufficient I find myself able to do more while she is playing, I have a Bluetooth keyboard and an Amazon Fire tablet, and I find that I am able to do some tasks while hanging out. They are smaller than bringing out my laptop (which tends to draw attention from E) but I can sit and edit photos on the tablet and she usually doesn’t notice. If there is anything that I feel will need my complete attention I wait until she goes to bed, or I have mom-free time.
Know your goals and what to do
There are times when you finally get time to yourself and you sit down and you have no idea what to start. Knowing your goals, and what exact steps you need to take are a great way to have a plan of attack when you are getting ready to work. I make notes on my tasks sometimes to designate if it requires some undivided attention (so when I am by myself) or “app” which is a task I can do on an app on my phone. That way I can quickly decide what needs to be done when.
And my last piece of advice, don’t stress it
It is really easy to suffer from wanting to do it all and feeling like you aren’t going to get anything done. Don’t stress it. Sometimes I spend my mom-free time doing nothing because I just need a break. And that’s okay. Make sure you schedule in some self-care time so that you are not burning out.