I have a full time job, and so do you. We get up early, commute to work, spend 8-10 hours on the job, and then come home exhausted. When do you really have time to work on your side projects?
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given was by Jon Acuff, author of the book Quitter. In it he proposes that the ideal time to work on your projects is in the morning, before you go to work. Your brain is fresh, and your distractions are minimal. It really makes sense – except for the fact that your job requires you to be there by 8am, so there’s no time in the morning. So here’s what you do – you wake up earlier. If you already wake up at 6am to get to work on time, wake up at 5am. Yes, it’s tough, but try it – you’ll be surprised how much you can bang out in just an hour, knowing you only have an hour to work on stuff. It’ll not only require you to be productive, but it’ll actually give you a rush throughout the day knowing that you’ve accomplished something productive for yourself.
What about your full time job?
Are you tempted to work on your side project while at your full time job? I know I am. But I really think it’s important to not. Not only will it make you unproductive at work (which could jeopardizing your employment), but then there are legal gray areas since technically your employer owns whatever you create on their time. They’re paying you to be there, after all. Yes, sometimes I’ll slip and login to my side email and respond to a few messages, but you’ll never catch me coding on the side at my full time.
I must admit that I’m starting to let the morning work routine slide a bit. For about a year I was pretty consistent in hobby working before real work, but I just got married and also adopted a dog and not only does my wife hate when I wake up earlier but I’ve gotta take that canine on walks every morning. It’s really cramping my morning routine! I just picked up a Chromebook and am going to attempt to use my lunch breaks to work on side projects now. I’ve been doing it for about a week now, and I really like it (although people do question why I’m bringing a laptop to work). I think the important thing is just to set aside a time and stick to it every day!
So what about you guys – when do you find the time to work on your side projects?