How to find time for your passion project – Time Management & Side Hustle

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Have you struggled to really work on the project you love the most? To feel super productive in accomplishing the next level of your side-hustle that you aim to turn into your main hustle?

This episode will make you understand how to find time while working full-time, having a family and a job to work and advance in your passion project.

This is not a generic productivity episode, but something that will transform the way you look at every single day.

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How to find time for your passion project

Do you have a passion that you’re working on while rushing your day job? No time for your side hustle? You’d like to turn that into a real thing? But time is limited, you come home tired and can barely think straight but you really wanna make it happen?

So you’re looking to find time for your passion project in all the mess of responsibilities and duties, schedules and errands, a family that wants you to do things, and so on. Well, I have news for you.

You don’t find the time, You MAKE time.

Concentrating your focus on finding the time, will make you aware of all the things you have to do, errands and responsibilities. All the roles that you’re already playing throughout the day as a daughter, friend, employee, mother, wife or else.

You don’t find time, You MAKE time.

Concentrating your focus on making time, however, will make you aware of the breaks you have, the time you have for yourself only, these quality hours that you’re failing to use because you are – scrolling through social media, watching tv, sleeping, commuting etc.

Find the hidden time slots

You can make time by finding the hidden time slots throughout your day.

The hours in the morning you lay sleeping cause you watched Netflix last night, or the bed-scrolling through Twitter sessions before you get out of bed, or the time you spent listening to music or watching people while commuting.

That is the time you could use for

Wake up early

Lesson number one: Don’t use your phone for at least an hour after you get up (in general no internet)

There are so many benefits to waking up early. My favourite is: nobody annoys you. Nobody is up that early as you are, so you can be sure that no one wants anything from you, expect any physical or mental action from you. Nobody is there to disturb you. That’s real quality time. Yes, they might get up for fair too but how many really stay up and try to make you do things? Barely anyone. Because we all want peace in the morning.

What is great in the morning is, that your brain is fresh. Yes, you might look like mash potatoes when you get up but believe me, your thoughts are alert because no noise or conversation have polluted it.

You come with fresh ideas you have fresh visions and your energy is at its peak.

That’s why the no internet rule at least one hour after you get up because you don’t want to consume anyone’s business before you haven’t figured out your own!

Pro tip: Create before you consume (listen here)

Another benefit is your discipline.

You showing discipline in the morning and staying up despite the world still sleeping, that is going to boost your performance the entire day.

It will protect you from procrastinating because you already had that success feeling in the morning for fighting your desire to stay comfortably in your pillows and getting up to achieve things!

Now you might say there is really no way I can sleep less, I’m already exhausted enough!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m the last person to ever tell you to compromise on sleep. But what are you doing in the evenings that prevents you from getting up early?

Take an example of the Sunnah, we pray Isha we sleep and we get up and stay up for Fajr. That’s pretty straightforward and I tell you it works! You can get up to 9-10 hours sleep if you want!

But even if you don’t go all out in that, be aware of how much sleep you need (average 7 or 8 hours) and then calculate Fajr – (7 or 8) hours = what time do I need to sleep, then sleep!

Extra tip for those who say they can’t sleep that early: Stop using your phone at least an hour before you want to sleep. That screen light is not helping you to relax, what helps, however, is a warm tea, a book, playing the Quran or writing. These things relax your body and prepare you to sleep.

Use wasted time

What’s wasted time? No, I don’t mean you working on your passion project while you’re doing your day job.

That time when you

  • commute to work
  • when you have a lunch break
  • when you run errands and
  • all this other stuff that you usually use to check social media, listen to music or just get annoyed by people around you.

Use this time to visualise or consume relevant content.

When you commute, make sure you have your audiobooks ready that advance your knowledge on the subjects or you at least write down some ideas on your phone of “What’s the next steps I need to take to grow this project?” “Wow, do I schedule the next event?” “Who can I collaborate with on this project?” “What are my goals for the coming week?”.

When you have lunch, listen to that important podcast on that matter, brainstorm on the next campaign, text people that you wrote down are relevant for your project.

When you come home and clean, make dinner, run errands etc., make sure you visualise that thing you want to have and how you can attain it, catch up on more podcasts or audiobooks that help you to get more insights into the matter.

There is wasted time during your day that you can use to your advantage. #success #ShareDiversity

Give it purpose

Give your wasted time a purpose

Surah Al-Asr

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),

إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
Verily Man is in loss,

إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

The Creator of all worlds tells us that time is a great measure of one`s success or failure.

Work, don’t just visualise

There are multiple ways to work on your passion projects. It’s not only watching the “competition” and feeling discouraged by how far they already came and then procrastinating on your thoughts about how you’re failing to accomplish your goals.

It’s about being honest to yourself and writing down the actions steps you need to take to advance in your field.

Maybe you need to learn a new skill? You need to read up on a matter more. Maybe you need to just jump in and create! You wanna create a safe space for women to come together and learn a certain skill? Plan the event, find a venue, publish it on Eventbrite, tell everyone about it, partner with people who have experience, and DO IT.

There are many ways to accomplish growth for your passion project, whether you are writing articles, work on your copywrite or marketing, you create art or you do poetry. Whatever it may be, it will only grow when you engage with the idea. You don’t have to know 100% of your plan yet, but you work on it step by step. And these steps can perfectly be made while your hustling on your day job/jobs, you’re studying or having any other kind of obligations.

Understand for yourself – perfection is a myth, what counts is progress.

Perfection is a myth, what counts is progress. #progress #ShareDiversity

To recap:

  • You don’t find the time, you make time
  • Wake up early
  • Create before you consume
  • Give your wasted time a purpose
  • Baby steps are still steps
  • Progress > perfection

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إِنَّ ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ لَفِى خُسْرٍ
إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِ

By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience. [Surah Al-Asr]

When I talked to the girls, I was literally so surprised. We all had different approaches to handling time and our schedule. Not only different but completely opposite to each other. But, you would never know, judging from the output.

We all get things done and we all achieve success- our own version of success. Now we all might seem similar from our sex, age, clothing (from a non-Muslim perspective), but in our versions of career, success planning, our diversity is undeniable. Law, education, sales and media, no planning, planning by writing entire research papers on the bus to work, planning in the head, in a notebook tick-off, (...) up to meticulously planning every single minute of the day (me).
We all have our own version of time planning.

But what we all do share, is the understanding that (in self-development terms):

Time is precious.

More importantly, time is the most valuable thing we have in our life because we lose it every moment and we have no chance ever to gain it back.

Now again,#YOLO might not apply to us, but still. We are here in Dunya only once and we are only given one chance to prove that we are worth entering Akhira.

The moment we chose to do A and not B means:
A is more important and urgent than B
, because

We are actually at loss everytime we choose one option.

We need to understand the value that we are leaving behind not choosing the other option!

Opportunity cost

Opportunity cost (not on our own value but on our lifetime´s value) works like this:

You ask yourself
"Is the value of A exceeding the cost of not doing B?"
Because if B is so valuable, and we are paying (with the most precious currency*), then we need to know if it is worth to lose the value of B for the sake of pursuing A.
Now getting out of the abstract.

Let´s take an easy example:
It´s 4.30pm, you need to hand in a report at 8 pm.
You are behind and are stressing out on finishing the last 5 pages. You are already sitting on your laptop for 3 hours.
You told yourself you want to be healthy, fit and successful at work.
You have a time-frame of 30min.
What do you do?

Option A:  you write another page for your report
Option B:  you work out

Now both options sound reasonably important.
The report will probably determine how far you get with your goal of being "successful" at work and you are behind in your work.
Now the work itself sounds more urgent, as it has a fixed deadline.

At the same time, you want to stick to your health and fitness goals because they are important to you, but it is something you set for yourself and it has not a contract-related deadline on it.

With usual important/urgent planning tools, you would categorize

Option A: important & urgent and
Option B: important & not urgent.

But if you consider your opportunity cost, your calculation will probably look like this:

If I don´t do Option A: I have to speed up my writing process and get half a page more done within each half an hour. I will need to be 100% focused on finishing this for the rest of the time.

If I don´t do Option B: I will have less energy in my body and my back will hurt, sitting on the laptop already for 3hours and probably having to sit there the next 3.5hours more. I will get tired, my legs will feel heavy and my mind will probably get tired from staring into the screen for such a long time.

Why so?
Well, here´s a  side-note:
Exercising fuels your energy makes you more focused and boosts your creativity.

Working out activates your muscles, relaxes your body in positions which require stagnancy (sitting on a laptop) and it prevents you from becoming sleepy or stressed out. Workout releases stress, gives you focus and improves your productivity. (read up more here)

So yes, I'll go for Option B, because I know the opportunity cost of it if I decide not to.

AND NOW YOU, share with us your opinion and share this conversation with a sister.

Q: How do you plan your days, do you have notebooks, journals,
you´re a mind-planner or you use some fancy planning tools?

Leave your answer down in the comments, and share your diversity with us.

Time is money. But more importantly, time is the currency we will never get back until we leave this life inshallah. We all have the same amount of this currency, so it depends only on us what we do with it. Time is a gift from god we need to keep safe by using it wisely.

Until next time,

السلام عليكم




Disclaimer: This is a merely personal view of an individual life. None of this is supposed to reflect or exemplify women, reverts, Muslims or even Islam. Self-identification is not to be seen in relation to a group but merely in relation to oneself. One might share this identity but must not publicly announce its speciality or an imagined community created by such. The sharing or not-sharing of identity (with ethnic, cultural, spiritual, gender-specific, nation or whatever other forms of identification) is neither good nor bad but remains personal and private to oneself. The author is voicing personal opinions and rejects any generalization or speaking-for-ization but rather aims to shed light on one of many diverse stories of one of many diverse individuals in one (or more) of many diverse contexts. Also, the author tends to create grammatically incorrect words to clarify perceived phenomena, opinions or feelings. This blog might include discriminating terms which are emotionally loaded by a long history of oppression and suffrage. Do not read this if you get offended by the cruelty of ignorance. This is still a place for peace and love, the way we all strive to live out our purpose.