How to Have a Side Hustle

NYFW Streetstyle Happens // DNAMAG ph: @alinevelter

Everyone is a slasher these days. Or everyone is in mid-attempts of trying to become a slasher of something. A web designer slash YouTube vlogger. She's in finance slash photographer. It's cool to slash, but it is not easy to become one, much less admit that you are one. In the age of Shark Tank, the grind is the thing to do especially since there's so much more access to resources. Anyone can start writing a novel through a phone app.  

EITHER WAKE UP EARLIER

OR STAY UP LATER

The major key here is that you have to choose one. You can't do both or your body will retaliate. If you are a natural morning person, meaning you get up just as or very soon after the sun rises, then that's your jam. Mentally and physically it's what you're attuned to, your mind is set to focus. If you're a devout night owl and midnight feels early to you, by all means stick to that. The importance of a timed routine is everything if you want to get through tasks and goals. 

VISUALIZE

VISUALIZE

VISUALIZE

Close your eyes, close your lips and inhale slowly. Keep your eyes closed, keep your lips closed and exhale slowly. Visualize towards the middle, the best that you can, but don't try too much. Remember to breathe slowly and take in the sounds of each inhale and exhale. Repeat in your mind what it is you want to do (eyes still closed). Repeat it again and again while seeing a vision of it in your mind. Inhaling and exhaling slowly. Then, open your eyes. That is how you visualize something and the more you practice it, the repetition of it allows it to manifest. 

EAT AND DRINK HEALTHY

For obvious reasons, your mind and body need to be in tact. All slashers need energy. Even if you can't get to the gym every day or the week, have a green smoothie in the morning or afternoon to keep your insides happy. Stay away from energy drinks, the sugar content in just one can will quickly zap your will to work efficiently.

WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN

On paper, preferably a notebook or journal. You need one thing that dedicates itself to this side hustle. Every note or task is recorded in ink, making it feel so concrete. Treat it like the important ride-or-die project that it is. (Shop 5 good journals) 

NYFW streetstyle // DNAMAG (ph: @alinevelter)

TAKE BREAKS

Give yourself a break. Here you are trying to do so many things at once, but twenty minutes of you time is more valuable than pulling an all-nighter. Sometimes stepping away and getting some fresh air, or eating a snack allows your brain to refresh and new ideas can just pop up. 

STOP CALLING IT A SIDE HUSTLE

Even if you work a full-time job or you're a full-time student, treat it like it's a job. Don't get discouraged when you're tired. It's important enough, otherwise you wouldn't be devoting time, skills and passion to it. We're rooting for you, here's to success on all your slash endeavors. 

Don't forget to visualize and breathe.

*Photo credit: Aline Velter


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