Anti Procrastination Tips for Side Hustlers and Weekend Warriors
Struggling to Make Time for Your Side Hustle? You May Have Weekend Warrior Syndrome.
What to do when you should be working on your dream but you don’t wanna.
Weekend Warrior Work Syndrome is a real thing. OK, I just made up the name, but the symptoms are real. 😃 It stems from the roadblocks you face when you’re trying to build your dream one weekend at a time.
If you’re reading this article looking for answers, it’s likely that you already suffer from it and you know exactly what those symptoms feel like. It goes something like this…
You work full time, but you’re trying to build your dream on the side. Your days off are the only ones that are totally your own. You feel guilty about not using that time to create, but you really need to rest too. What should you do?
Let’s say you plan to get stuff done on your days off. But when the time arrives, your thoughts go into rebellion mode because it’s your day off and you don’t wanna!
I mean, when do you get to rest? Why can’t you have a side hustle and time to chill? Don’t you deserve and need some downtime too?
You‘ll probably end up in one of two places when this happens.
- You‘ll push through, work like crazy, and start your week feeling exhausted…
2. You’ll say “Screw it! I’m chillin!”, then end the weekend rested in the body but stressed and riding a major guilt trip in your head because you didn’t do anything to bring your dream to life.
You should be working towards your dream whenever you can. But if you don’t know when to rest, you could end up feeling just as burdened and dissatisfied with your dream as you do with your regular job.
Truth is, you need to make room for both. A little chill and a little hustle too.
Four steps to a happier Weekend Warrior flow.
That lofty promise of 48 hours of me-time can be awfully deceptive. Initially, it looks like you’ve got a huge chunk of time to make stuff happen. You’ll be tempted to load up your to-do list for maximum impact.
But, once you subtract things like sleep, chores, running errands, meals, family time, ETC the picture can look drastically different.
So now what? How do you balance downtime and hustle time? How can you make time for both?
1. Don’t overdo it.
You’ve got too many irons in the fire. -My Dad
Limit your weekend tasks to no more than two or three. I know your mind may reject this as squandering those 48 hours, but hear me out. Scheduling too many work tasks on your off day will turn it into a workday. Your mind is going to rebel against this with procrastination, distractions, idleness, ETC.
Consider this too…
Weekends are when many of us catch up on life. Especially if you spend 40 hours a week or more working for someone else. You’re going to need time to take care of your personal and/or family responsibilities that you didn’t have time for during the week.
And guess what? You actually do need to take time to rest. So commit to two or three tasks and let the rest go for now.
2. Prep for “day off productivity”.
Take some time the day before you’re off to prep for the task you want to complete. If there is prework that you can do ahead of time…do it.
Here are a couple of examples.
If you want to write an essay, outline it the day before. This will make the writing process more like answering questions or filling in the blanks, and you won’t waste time staring at a blank page.
If you have to paint a room, do all the painter’s tape prep the night before and set up all your painting supplies. Then you can start painting immediately the next day.
Prep work makes your task easier and faster to complete. The sooner you finish, the sooner you can get to your rest and recharge time.
3. Give yourself a time limit.
Put your task in a box. Decide when you will start and when you will stop. You’ll feel better about doing the work because you know that it is scheduled and limited.
Setting boundaries like this is crucial. These parameters allow you to settle in and block out everything else for this period of time. It also soothes the side of you that wants to rest by letting your mind know there will still be time to rest.
Both the work and rest sides of your brain will thank you for it!
4. Schedule your tasks.
Don’t leave the question of “when” to the whim of your off day mood. Good old procrastination may tempt you to complete chores or errands instead.
I like to schedule my work times for the morning so I can get them done early. Time seems to slips away faster as the day progresses.
Choose a block time that makes sense to you and schedule it. Don’t think about it until the appointed time comes. Then let your mind relax until it’s time to switch into work mode.
Planning, prep, and pockets of time are your weapons against procrastination mutiny. If you partner this with limiting the number of tasks and making them manageable, you’ll be setting yourself up for a productive, restful and ultimately fulfilling Weekend Warrior off day.
Now it’s your turn to try it!
- Choose one task that you want to complete on your off day.
- Decide what prep work you will do the day before.
- Set a time limit for your work session.
- Now schedule it!
I’d love to see what you come up with! Feel free to share in the comments below.
Coach Leslie is a fit mindset and habits coach. She helps her clients build healthy mindsets so they can achieve mind, body, and spiritual fitness.