A Season of Hustle: December Updates
This is going to be a bit different than my usual blog post. It's a bit personal, but I think it's important and should be shared. I'm going to give you a little glimpse into my world right now and talk about this season of hustle. I'll also share how I'm making my time work for me and give you some of my favorite resources for managing a busy season in your life.
In October I took on another job... that makes
(1) my regular ol' day job at a fulfillment center,
(2) my part-time online job as an administrative assistant,
(3) my part-time job running my own business and
(4) my new job as an administrative assistant.
Four jobs is a lot and it keeps my schedule full, but on top of that I've also continued to volunteer every other Sunday, as well as host a bible study group every Tuesday with my husband. Oh, also three sets of our close friends just moved back in state so we've been going to dinner almost every week with one of them. Also my husband is working part time (at job #4 with me!) and going to school full time. It's safe to say that life has been crazy lately.
Why am I telling you all this?
01. Life is crazy and I've been neglecting my own blog and business because it's the easiest to neglect. (sorry! I love you all and I will be back in full swing in January)
02. Life is crazy for a super exciting reason! We're getting out of debt, y'all.
This spring, my husband and I moved into an apartment and emptied our savings and checking accounts to make the deposits and first month's rent. It was a huge wake up call that something needed to change in our finances. We knew we had to get our budget under control and start paying off our growing credit card bills, but honestly, we didn't know where to start. I picked up Dave Ramsey's book and I was hooked (I finished it in a couple hours). So hubs and I signed up for Financial Peace University and we're currently working on paying off $70,000 worth of car loans, student loans, credit cards and cell phone debt.
Translation: we're a little-tiny-kinda-very intense about this.
Here's why I'm share this with you - yes, life is crazy right now. We're in hustle mode and I know I can't life my life like this forever. But, that's exactly what HUSTLE mode is. It's a temporary crazy-life-altering schedule that makes people stop and say "you need to chill, bro".
Here's the thing. There's two sides of the fence. The hustle side that tells us we should be working hard until we "make it". Then there's the self care side that tells us to stop and take bubble baths so we don't lose our mind. But the truth is, sometimes self care is working your butt off so that you don't feel like you need to escape your life.
Too many entrepreneurs, bloggers and boss ladies are making hustle into a normal state of work. Trust me when I tell you, YOU WILL GET BURNT OUT. No amount of mani-pedis you get will keep you from hitting that wall. So the trick is to figure out what season you're in and love yourself (and your people) enough to reach your goals.
Hustle is meant to be for a season. Maybe you're paying off debt like us, maybe you have a baby on the way, maybe you're starting a new business, maybe [fill in the blank]. Whatever that season looks like for you, make sure you have a plan and an end date.
01. Make a Plan
Making a plan can be as simple as sitting down and calculating how much debt you have and how long it will take for you to pay off. Or it might mean listing out every single task you need to complete to launch your business (an attach some due dates to those tasks to keep you on track). Maybe it's counting down the days - whatever this plan looks like for you, hustling without one just means you're chasing your own tail.
For us, Asana has been a HUGE asset during this season. Not only am I using it for all my jobs to keep my life in order, but we're also using it to track our debt payoff, our income goals and brainstorm some ways to boost our income. Everydollar has been our go-to budget app as well (just in case your hustle season involves some debt too). You can use any tool you want, grab a notebook, your phone or google calendar. Just take one hour out of the craziness and MAKE. A. PLAN.
02. Set a Date
If you're sprinting to the finish line but you don't know where the finish line is... Houston we have a problem. You need a finish line. And I don't mean "when my business is successful I'll chill out". No no no, you'll keep pushing that finish line further down the road until you faint. You need a finish line in ink on your calendar, on sticky notes, all over your mirrors, as a reminder on your phone as a date in your planner. SET A DATE. I promise, you will be so happy you did this.
For us, January 2019 is our date. That's insane considering we currently have no way of paying $3000 per month on our debts (that's how much we'd need to put in to hit our goal). But that's our date anyway. Because we are giving ourselves a chance to catch our breath at that point. If we don't manage to sell everything we own (I'm kidding...mostly) or use bonuses and tax refunds to make things happen, we've set aside a little teeny vacation-fund so that, for one month, we can take a rest from the hustle and then finish things off strong in 2019.
You need to do the same for your goal. Set a date and then figure out a plan if you haven't yet reached your goal by that date.
03. Make sure you know what race you're running
You might be sprinting like a madman for that finish line without realizing you're running a marathon. Slow down for a second and make sure you know what your goal is. Are you paying off debt? Trying to earn $500/month from your business? Getting a nursery ready before the baby comes? Get a pay raise of at least $10,000? Knowing what race you're running makes all the difference in the world.
Your "hustle" will look very different if you can reach your goal in 3 weeks verses 3 years. Make sure you know your goal and set your finish line based on it. Set a date that pushes you, but not one that's impossible to reach.
If you're in a season of hustle right now, YOU GOT THIS. Just make sure you're hustling on the right things for the right reasons. That way when you get to a season of rest, you don't feel like you should get right back up and into the race.
Merry Christmas everyone, I'll see you in the New Year.