How to be a Motivated Side-Hustler

Whether you decided to launch a blog or found another way to side hustle, motivation is key to your success. You get busy at your 9-5 and need to crunch in that extra time to work on your blog. Luckily, a side hustle or hobby is something enjoyable and with a little extra planning, you can stay on top of things.

I seem to have these bursts of blogging energy where I have all these ideas and I need to go write them down asap. Then I have days or weeks where I literally have no good ideas. The key to this, is to take advantage of your energetic blog bursts. When you think of ideas, just take the time to sit down and write them all. Then, when you’re looking for a new blog subject you already have that list. Better yet, write out your blog posts ahead of time and schedule them for when you want to go live.

This is something that I really struggle to find time for. When I’m at my 9-5 job, I need to be focused on that. If I do need to brainstorm ideas, I can take my lunch hour as “me time” to sit down and write some things down for later. The more ideas you have, the more pumped up and motivated you will be to write.

When I get in my little blogging funks (okay this happens a lot) it’s hard to maintain that level of motivation. I’ve learned to totally take advantage of those times where your creativity is flowing, and just sit down and write a blog post. I was totally like this in school too. You have a whole month to write an essay, and then you do it 2 days before its due. If I ever started something in advance, I would just hit a wall and become frustrated. When I left things until a little bit late, I know I could just lock myself in my room and hash that paper out. Yes, it’s called procrastination and it has a bad rep. I wouldn’t suggest it at work, but for a side-hustle some of my best writing comes from that last minute inspiration.

Set aside a calendar for yourself on when you want to write and post on your blog. Just like you have deadlines and a colour coordinated schedule at work, you can for your side-hustle too. When you do have those days of inspiration, write all your ideas down in a notebook dedicated to your blog. Then when you hit a wall and get stuck, you already have all those great ideas waiting for you!

You can also google ideas for blog posts in your niche – I’m not ashamed to admit I have. Here are some of my favourites for lifestyle blogging you can use for inspo:

100 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas http://www.lostgenygirl.com/100-lifestyle-blog-post-ideas/

113 Ideas for a Blog Post http://www.thirteenthoughts.com/113-ideas-for-a-blog-post/

30 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas https://www.kotrynabass.com/30-lifestyle-blog-post-ideas/

75 Blog Post Ideas for Lifestyle Bloggers http://heleneinbetween.com/2016/02/75-blog-post-ideas-for-lifestyle.html

What else keeps your motivation and inspiration going when trying to balance your professional life and side-hustle? Comment below to let me know!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Polka Dot Girl

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8 Comments

  1. Nicole

    March 23, 2017 at 9:23 am

    So helpful! Especially about the calendar for just the blog. Thanks!

  2. Monica

    March 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

    This is a great resource!! I’m definitely going to try some of these ideas 😊

  3. Carlie

    March 24, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I’m the same way girl. I love my blog but sometimes I wonder if I’m doing things right and I leave things to the last minute simply because life gets in the way. But I love these ideas and that I’m not alone in this!

  4. Allie

    March 24, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Oh great links for ideas! I definitely go in spurts, too… when when I’m motivated, I write like “half posts” in my drafts just to get some ideas down. I actually have like 4 posts partway written already, so when I get busy with work, I can just go edit one of those and not have to think too much. haha! I also love the word “hustle” because I feel like that’s exactly what it is!

  5. Samantha

    March 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Totally helpful!!! Definitely need to get my calendar in order! I always second guess myself on some things and then others I just go to town!

  6. Charlotte

    March 26, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I definitely could win an award for procrastinating and being soo lay minute on getting things done. Whoops! Will be trying out your tactics! Thanks again 😊

  7. Maggie

    March 27, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve been in a blogging funk this week… giving myself a schedule and deadlines really helps!

  8. Elizabeth

    March 30, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Aw so lovely! I definitely have those idea blog bursts too haha, your blog is so pretty, I can’t wait to read more 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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