How to Balance a Full-Time Job and a Home Business at the Same Time

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I know from my own experiences that working a full-time job while running a busy part-time home business makes managing time wisely and effectively very challenging. Excellent time management skills are invaluable, especially when trying to manage two career paths at the same time. There are other things in life besides just work.

If you want the opportunity to experience and enjoy other activities in life, getting your time management under control is a priority.

It’s all about prioritizing, focusing, and being productive, rather than simply being busy.

So here are my six time management tips that will help to guarantee that your time is spent more wisely:

Focus on Being Productive

You can spend a lot of time actively working, yet accomplish relatively little. Being busy is about motion. Being productive is about results.

  • Consider the results you are likely to see from the course of action you’re about to undertake. Are the expected results worth the time?
  • Being busy all day and accomplishing nothing should be avoided by everyone, but it’s especially important for those with two career directions.

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Publius Syrus

Stop Multi-tasking

The ability to multi-task has been lauded for decades, but recent research is showing that multi-tasking is a huge mistake. Some research has shown that focusing on one task at a time increases productivity and performance by 100%.

  • This can be the difference between success and failure if you’re juggling a part-time business with a full-time job. Productivity is everything. Focus on one thing until it’s time to move on to something else.
  • Consider using a bleeper timer to help you focus. If a task should take 25 minutes to complete, use a timer and try to beat the clock. A simple timer can really help you stay focused to increase productivity.
How to Balance a Full-Time Job and a Home Business at the Same Time
How to Balance a Full-Time Job and a Home Business at the Same Time

Have a Daily List of Objectives and To-Do Lists

Priorities and needs change every day. Start each day with a new list of priorities. Any items that are incomplete can be moved to tomorrow’s list, but only if they’re still priorities.

  • If you find it helpful, have a list of things to do before lunch and after lunch. Breaking up the day like this can make things more manageable.
  • Create the list the night before. You won’t waste time in the morning trying to plan your day. You might also find some elegant solutions to your challenges if you have the opportunity to sleep on them.

Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.

Adam Hochschild
How to Balance a Full-Time Job and a Home Business at the Same Time
How to Balance a Full-Time Job and a Home Business at the Same Time

Make an effort to Eliminate Distractions and Interruptions

There’s always something else that needs your urgent attention. However, you’ll get more done if you can stick to the important tasks before allowing other things to grab your attention.

  • You might want to spend the first two hours of each morning working on the most important tasks of the day before opening your email, checking WhatsApp, or Messenger, or listening to your phone messages.

Make Decisions with the Time Expenditure in Mind

Working full-time and running a part-time home business requires focusing on the time required by certain activities. Quick decision-making skills are essential.

  • Many times, the second or third-best solution is really the best solution if it saves time.
  • Sometimes a good, quick solution is better than the best solution that is complicated and too time-consuming to implement.

Delegate and Leverage Systems Whenever Possible

Whether it’s at the day job or the home business, delegate as much as you can. Don’t try to do it all by yourself, enlist the help of others when you can.

  • Whenever possible leverage turnkey automated systems to free up your time from having to perform repetitive tasks. Using turnkey systems will allow you to devote more time to important business-building activities.

So that’s it for this blog post. Managing a full-time job and a part-time home business can be challenging, but many people are able to manage both successfully.

Focus on doing the most important tasks first, minimize the distractions around you, and let others and systems help you. You’ll get more done in less time with greater results in your home business!

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.

Jessica Jackley

PS: If you’re feeling stuck in a cubicle, pushing paperwork, driving numbers, and listening to gossip, then there’s another way to make extra money that takes up little time. It could even become your exit strategy. I recommend checking out the information here. It could change your life.


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