How to manage your side hustle when you're a full-time student

April 11, 2017
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We all know that being a student is pretty awesome. You’ve got those killer holidays, student discounts and have an excuse for spiralling into an existential crisis every exam block. But studying full-time also means that some things get sacrificed in the pursuit of higher education – especially when it comes to passion projects or side jobs.

That being said, if you’re brave enough, you can definitely still keep your side hustle going while being a full-time student. All you have to do is follow this handy-dandy guide.

Look at how you can manage your time best, even if it means getting up super early

I know it’s the last thing you want to think about as you drag yourself to bed after a long day of eat-study-work-repeat, but getting up early really can help you manage your time to the benefit of your side hustle. Realistically, the older you get, the less you need to sleep, and the average 18 to 25-year old only needs about seven to nine hours of sleep a day.

Even though you might think getting up at 6am sounds like a completely ludicrous idea, it might just enable you to gain the extra hours in the day you so desperately need without sacrificing your health. Just make sure to skip those spontaneous Netflix binging sessions and get to bed at a reasonable hour each night.

Schedule dedicated time each week

There’s nothing worse than finally getting the time to sit down and work on your passion project when, out of nowhere, you’re struck with guilt for not using this time to work on improving your uni grades.

By setting aside a specific time each week to work on what you want to work on, you’ll not only avoid a burnout, but it can also teach your brain that any uni work left unfinished when your scheduled time rolls around will just have to wait. This way you can say goodbye to guilt and just focus on making the most out of the time you’ve mentally and physically put aside.

Remember that grades aren’t everything

Now don’t get the wrong idea: grades are important and you should work as hard as you can to make sure they’re the best they can be. But occasionally it’s OK to let something minor slide if it means you’re gaining the fabled “real-world” experience we’re told potential-employers desire.

Heck, you never know if sometime down the track your side-hustle might even turn into a full time, money-earning occupation, so it’s important to make room for both the hustle and uni in your schedule. Adult life is all about balance, guys, and now is a great time to start honing those skills.

Invest in a coffee machine

Coffee is life, coffee is love, but you don’t want to be wasting precious time hunting down a cheap coffee cart. Skip the hassle and invest in your own, good-quality coffee machine to have access to the life-giving liquid at your fingertips. Now that’s what I’d call a smart life decision.

Set yourself weekly goals to prevent yourself falling behind

It’s super easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re drowning underneath a sea of deadlines. Set yourself weekly, achievable goals to ensure that - though it may take longer than you expected - you’re still slowly working towards an end game when it comes to your side hustle.

Even small things like completing one item on your to-do list each week or posting a certain amount of posts or products each week can make a huge difference when it comes to stopping yourself falling behind. Trust me, future-you will thank past-you so hard.

Shannon Coward

Shannon Coward is a fourth year Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Queensland. She enjoys period dramas, doughnuts and a good nap.

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