Planning – The Secret To A Successful Year With Your Side Hustle
Do you set aside time regularly to plan what you want to do in your side hustle? If it’s not something you currently do, I strongly encourage you to embrace it for the remainder of this year as well as the one coming up. Setting aside time, to plan out what you want to do and more importantly what growth you want to achieve in the future will be crucial to the success of your side hustle.
Because it is a “side hustle” it is easy to take a “wing it” approach. But think about why you started your side hustle in the first place. Is it to make extra cash? To see if there is potential for a full time hustle (AKA Business). To follow your passion. To be true to reason you started your side hustle, don’t you think it is worth some planning and preparation to get results? -Absolutely!
Planning Is The Secret To Success!
Let’s start off by taking a look at why planning is “the secret” to success. There are a few different factors that come into play here. The first is efficiency. When you go in with a clear plan, you can focus on what’s most important. Instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be working on, what pieces of the puzzle are missing from your side hustle. Is it a product funnel? Is that what is keeping you from breaking through to the next income level? Or is your branding? Maybe your social media efforts? The point is, when you plan, you know exactly what needs to come next
With a clear goal in mind and a plan for the year, it becomes easy to walk backwards to create effective and efficient daily to-do lists. Work on what needs to get done each day and you will reach your goals.
Setting A Big Goal – And Plan To Acheive it!
Setting a big goal for yourself helps you think outside the box. If you don’t believe me, try it. Decide on a big income goal for the coming month. Write it down. Keep it in front of you. Then get to work and start to notice what happens next. You start to think of things that didn’t occur to you before. You come up with creative ways to get more traffic. You decide to run a fun promo that adds dollars to your bank account. The same happens when an important deadline comes up unexpectedly. Think back on that time in college when finals rolled around, or the last time your in-laws told you they would stop by later in the day. You got very creative about studying and cleaning respectively.
Give Your Subconscious Some Fuel!
Last but not least, let’s talk about the subconscious. So far we’ve been focused on what we are actively doing to make progress by making a plan, setting goals and following through. There’s another dimension to all this and that’s what’s going on in our subconscious mind. While we are busy plowing through our to-do list, cooking dinner for the family, and even sleeping, our subconscious mind is working towards those goals as well.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.Paul J, Meyer
In short, planning and setting goals is important because it helps you grow faster. It gives your direction, while helping you to keep your purpose in your clearly in focus. Instead of wandering through an undefined path, you move forward with purpose! That means you end up with more money for yourself and your loved ones while spending less time slaving away at your desk.