Published On: February 4, 2019Categories: Expert TipsBy

The Side Hustle: Save Time and Do More by Templatizing

Whether you’re looking to squeeze more money out of your side hustle or turn it into your full-time gig, the ever-present constraint called “TIME” is surely at play.

There are meetings to lead, research projects to complete, datasets to analyze, and insights to present. Hiding inside each of those tasks are even more to-dos. For instance, there are schedules to align, presentations to create, and the list goes on and on.

Then, of course, add to that the time you must dedicate to your family, your life, and your full-time job. Before you know it, your available waking hours are few and far between.

Although we can’t offer a magic solution that suddenly gives you a 25th hour, we can offer one sure way to make the most of the time you dedicate to your side hustle: templatize.

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Templatize Your Side Hustle

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When you templatize, you examine, document, and optimize HOW you do things:

  • How you lead meetings
  • The process of setting expectations
  • How you present findings

To optimize your meetings, for instance, you might share a draft agenda with stakeholders a week in advance. You may also use a timer and stop the meeting early for the all-important recap of action items.

Try using a calendaring app to save time (and inbox space) aligning schedules. Blocking out a day each week as a no-meeting day will give you guaranteed time to focus on your side hustle.

To optimize how you present your findings–and pitches, thought leadership content, and processes–leverage professionally designed presentation templates.

How to Start Templatizing

Start by templatizing your week, being sure to dedicate an hour or two to plan what you want to templatize and when. As a result, within the space of 90 days, you’ll have spent 12-24 hours optimizing your processes. This leads to time savings in multiples of what you invested.

Within the space of a year, you might even have time for something grand. El Camino de Santiago, anyone?

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