3 Ways to Stay Motivated at Your 9 to 5 While Working Your Side Hustle

3 Ways to Stay Motivated at Your 9 to 5 while working your side hustle


by Tanea Smith

After months or in some cases years of juggling a full-time job and working on your side hustle there will be days when you feel as though you can’t take it one more second. You just don’t have it in you to read one more email, go to one more staff meeting or schmooze with yet another client. You’re just, well, done. Finished. Through.

Listen I get it. After almost 20 years in Corporate America, I’ve experienced every single emotion from “Amen for this job” to “Jesus get me out of here”. I mean at his convenience, of course!

Please keep in mind, Mama said there’d be days like this and she never lied. If you’re truly not ready to throw in the towel at the day gig, here’s what you should do:


Pump Up Your Jam

Again and again and one more time if you need to. When the temperature begins to rise and you feel the sweat well up on your brow cue your motivational music! Either in your head or on your iPod crank up the volume. My one-hit wonder is “Think” by Aretha Franklin. There’s something about the Queen yelling “Ohh Freedom, yeahhhh Freedom” that helps me glide right through to 6 pm. Don’t argue, just press play.


Look On The Bright Side

I know, I know. You’ve looked. But take one more glance and imagine these 2 words in each lens of your rose-colored sunglasses, “Cash” & “Benefits”. Your day job is supplying the lifeline to both of these. Contrary to what some may say America has not quite recovered from the economic downturn. I don’t know about you but I rank my health & my coins pretty high on my “can’t do without list”. Before you hit send on that “good riddens & goodbye” email, adjust your optics.


Soak It All In

Yes, even the ugly parts. Perspective I find is everything. Remember when you first applied for the job you now hate? The primary criteria for being hired was that you had to have experience. Everything from contacts & business etiquette to systems & training is knowledge that you can take with you on your long journey through entrepreneurship. Sean Combs once said, “Learn everything you can from everyone you can and one day you’ll be glad you did.” Please take heed. Every single experience is an education.

Remember, just because your body sits at a desk doesn’t mean your mind can’t be free. Hustle on!



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