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Balancing a Side Hustle for Moms
Episode 1124th April 2023 • Mamas Making More • Melyssa Munday
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Mamas! Managing multiple responsibilities can be challenging, especially for working moms who juggle a main job, a side hustle, and taking care of your family. Balancing all these responsibilities can be overwhelming, but with a few strategies and tips, it's possible to achieve a balance that works for you.

Prioritizing and setting clear goals, creating a schedule, learning to say no, delegating and outsourcing tasks, practicing self-care, and being flexible and adaptable are all strategies I'll be covering in today's episode.

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Hi there.

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Hello, welcome to the Mamas Making More Podcast.

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I am so happy to see you today.

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In last week's episode, I covered the benefits that you can experience by having

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an online business as a side hustle.

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So, if you didn't listen to that episode, you can go back.

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Now, if you need a little bit more convincing, you can go back, but for

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today's episode, we're going to be talking about balancing that side hustle.

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And before I get into all the good juicy stuff in this episode, I

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wanted to tell you that I am going to keep saying the phrase main job.

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And what I mean by that is, a corporate nine to five job, a part-time job.

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And I mean, if you are a stay at home mom.

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It's just too hard to say all of those things over and over again.

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So I'm just going to continue to say your main job and basically it is

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meant to cover all of those situations.

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All right.

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Got that out of the way.

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So listen, managing time.

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It can be difficult as a mom.

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There's just really no two ways about it.

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And finding that right balance, the sweet spot between your main

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job, side hustle and mom life can be super-duper challenging.

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So in today's episode, I am going to be sharing with you some strategies and tips

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to achieve the balance these, let's face it, these monumental responsibilities.

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So here are some practical tips for managing time and

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balancing those responsibilities.

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First off, prioritizing your tasks and setting clear goals.

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It's really essential for balancing all of these areas of your life, whether

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it's your main job, that side hustle or that mom life, you really need to first

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identify the most important tasks that need to be completed, and focus on those.

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So here's what I want you to do.

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I want you to start by creating a to-do list that outlines all of the tasks you

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need to accomplish in all of the areas.

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And then once you have your list, prioritize the items based on urgency.

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So the most urgent being the non-negotiable things,

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those are time-bound things.

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I'm talking about doctor's appointments that are at two o'clock I'm talking about

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an exercise class that you take at the gym, anything that has like this time

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bound, it has to happen at that time.

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That's the very first thing that you have to put there, because

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those are really non-negotiable.

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Then you kind of move on to the less urgent things from there.

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And this is really going to help you identify which tasks

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you should be tackling first.

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And then what ones can wait until a little bit later on.

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The next step is that for all of the items without an obvious

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deadline, set a deadline.

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This way you create a sense of urgency and you can stay on track

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and cross those items off the list.

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Take advantage and incorporate productivity tools.

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What kind of things do you like to use to help you better

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manage your time, save time.

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You can use calendars.

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I have told you before.

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I love me a Google calendar, but I cannot run my life on a digital calendar alone.

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I also have a paper planner.

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Both of those things are crucial in my business and my life in general.

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There's project management software, huge fan of Trello.

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There's also a task tracking apps that you can try out, there's a ton.

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And it really depends on what works best for you, but these can

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really help you stay organized and just keep track of that progress.

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By prioritizing those tasks and setting really clear goals, you can maximize that

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productivity and really just be sure that nothing is falling through the cracks.

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It also ensures that you aren't forgetting to give attention to your main job,

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your side hustle, your main life.

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You want to make sure that your attention is being divided correctly.

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And then step two with this prioritization is to create a

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schedule and actually stick to it.

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But let's be real, you also need to allow for flexibility because life happens.

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I am a huge advocate of doing this at the same time each week.

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I personally do it, at the end of the day on Sunday, that's just what works for me.

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This could be on a Friday for you just anticipating the week to come.

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It could be on Monday morning, whatever works.

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Just really create that habit of doing it the same time so that you

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continue to be consistent with it.

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So you're going to create a schedule that outlines your work hours for

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your main job, your side hustle and all your mom commitments.

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And then you're going to assign specific time blocks for each

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general task and try and stick to that schedule as much as possible.

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Okay.

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So what do I mean by a general task?

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Besides all of those non-negotiable appointments that you already put in

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your calendar because you know at two o'clock, you have to be at the doctor.

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I really don't want you to micromanage yourself.

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I want you to create these blocks of time that have an overall task that kind of

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drives what happens within that time.

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But I don't want you to break it down super specific as far as, create this

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type of post or do this sort of thing.

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I really want generalizations like content creation or email

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responding, things like that.

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So it doesn't have to be like down to the minute what you're going to be doing.

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Because also this helps you cause you're doing the same types of tasks together.

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Your brain likes it better.

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So like I said, content creation, that is a task type.

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And then if you have your main nine to five job and say, you want to set

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aside 45 minutes at your lunchtime to work on your side hustle, you

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want to put that on your calendar to help you stay accountable to that.

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If you're a stay at home, mom and your kids have a kind of typical nap time.

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And that's when you're going to be working on your side hustle,

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put that on your calendar as well.

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So when you're creating your schedule, it's really important

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to be realistic about the time that you need for those tasks.

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Especially the tasks that are time bound.

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You want to be sure to include all that time that's involved.

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You want to include the drive time.

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You want to include the estimated time that you'll be in the office.

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So say you're going to that two o'clock doctor's appointment.

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You want the drive time there, you want the drive time back.

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If you think you might be having to pick up a prescription, you want to put that

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in there, that helps you really see what's realistic in your upcoming schedule.

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And just in general with kids, it's important just to have a lot of

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flexibility and make adjustments throughout the week as necessary.

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I'm not sitting here telling you that your schedule has to be a strict schedule.

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We're moms it's not going to be, it has to be flexible.

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Don't forget about giving yourself breaks and time for self care.

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Taking breaks throughout the day, it can really help you recharge and stay focused.

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And can help you reduce stress and overall well being, and let's just face it, being

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a stressed out mom is really not fun.

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These breaks are super important to help you stay at your best, whether

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you're in work mode or mom mode.

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Okay.

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Third, learn to say no, because boundaries are good.

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It's important to set boundaries and learn to say no, as much as you say yes.

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Avoid taking on too many tasks or commitments that they might overwhelm

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you and negatively impact your ability to manage your main job, your side

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hustle and mom life effectively.

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To say, no, it is a skill and it can help you manage your time and energy,

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and really it does take practice to become comfortable with, and that's okay.

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When you're thinking about whether to say yes or no, ask yourself if you

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even have the capacity to take it on.

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If the answer is no, it's okay to politely decline and leave it at that

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because no is a complete sentence.

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All of us moms I'm sure have felt that pull to say yes to

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all the things for our kids.

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Yes to the school asks and yes, to all the parties yes to just

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all of the things .You're not alone in feeling this pressure.

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Trust me.

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I learned a really valuable lesson from my divorce attorney, which is really

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weird in this context, but stick with me.

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She told me that my kids need a happy mom.

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And she didn't mean that life should be all rainbows and butterflies.

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What she meant was that my kids will benefit from me

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being the best version of me.

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So this is something that's just really stuck with me and become kind of a

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mantra and something that's really important in balancing my overall life.

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Okay.

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Number four is to delegate and outsource.

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Don't be afraid to delegate or outsource tasks that can be done by other people.

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For example, if you have a side hustle that requires email marketing and you

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hate writing emails, consider hiring someone to write those emails for you.

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You can also delegate some of the mom stuff.

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Maybe you hate the time suck of doing laundry.

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So you think about hiring a laundry service to take it over.

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So when it comes to your side hustle or your mom life, think about those

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areas that are time sucks or you just playing don't like and consider

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whether you should or can outsource it?

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Also think about things that you can delegate to your partner or kids.

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For my business., I have my teenage son doing some of the website

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maintenance and things like that.

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My other kids, they're now at an age where they can do their own

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dishes and empty the dishwasher.

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So I've delegated that test to them.

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I don't empty the dishwasher anymore.

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I just leave that to them, and that saves me time.

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The fifth strategy is to practice self care.

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We talked about this a little bit earlier, how you need to schedule

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in self care, but I really wanted to touch on it a little bit more.

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I think it's important enough to kind of have its own number in this list.

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Exercise, sleep and spending time with your friends and family,

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they're all super important.

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Taking care of both your physical and your mental wellbeing is going

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to be something that's going to help you stay energized and focus.

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And just to have that better overall balance.

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These can be really simple things like taking a walk every day.

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And to be perfectly honest, I have a really hard time with self

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care because I always feel like I need to be doing something else.

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And so when I take my walks, I listen to podcasts.

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It makes me feel more productive for whatever reason when I'm filling my ear

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holes with business or personal growth podcast, or even just plain fun podcasts.

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I don't know what it is.

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It just makes me feel like I'm more productive when I'm taking

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that walk, and then I come home from that walk just more energized.

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Number six is to be flexible and adaptable.

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I have said this so many times to my kids.

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Also, my kids had the best kindergarten teacher and she would always say to them,

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thanks for being so flexible friend.

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And I just, I loved that.

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So don't be so hard on yourself.

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If things don't go according to plan, how often in life do they really?

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Instead, let's just try to be more open to changing our approach and

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learning from those experiences.

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There's nothing wrong with trial and error and figuring out how it's

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really all going to work for you.

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This is a lot, having a main job, having a side hustle, being a mom.

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It is a lot, and we really need to acknowledge that.

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All of these things, they can change over time.

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Right?

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Maybe your side hustle starts during your kid's nap time.

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And then as your kids grow and they start preschool, maybe your

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side hustle expands a little bit to fit into that preschool time.

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I know for me, my kids are all older now and they are all in

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different types of schools.

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And I schedule my work happens at home while they're in school.

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So you just really need to figure out what is best for you and your family.

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And if necessary, make adjustments, it is not set in stone.

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None of this is all, it's all adjustable.

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Figure out what is best for you and your family.

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And if it's necessary, make adjustments, tweak it, make it work for you guys.

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Alrighty.

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Those are my six strategies for having a main job and a side

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hustle and being a mom and making it all work and be balanced out.

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I hope you found these helpful.

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And if you know someone else who's dreaming of starting an online side

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hustle, would you do me a favor and share this podcast with them?

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Sharing is caring mamas.

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All right, that's all I have for you today.

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I'll see.

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