How to Make Time for Your Side Passion Projects Kevin Gardner Art & Literature While you may enjoy your job, as a human being, you likely have quite a few interests that exist outside of your work. One interest, in particular, may be considered your ultimate passion. For those who can’t combine their passion with their job, you may often feel torn between saving your energy for work instead of giving time and effort towards your interest. However, there are a few tips you can follow that will help you make that time and effort to put towards your passion. So, consider the following ideas, so you can start work on it immediately. 1. Utilize Your Morning You may not be a morning person, but the few hours of the morning before you have to report in for work could actually be quite crucial. Many successful people in life share a common trait of performing certain activities before work that have helped them become more successful. Whether these tasks were to motivate them, help them become more productive, or just to feel fit and healthy, they were all performed in the morning. You can start your morning off right and use those early hours to set yourself up for your passion project. Whether you want to take care of the errands and responsibilities that typically take place after work in the morning instead, or you just want to dive right into the passion project as soon as you wake, is up to you. For the former, you give yourself more time after work to devote to that passion project. For the latter, you can feel a sense of satisfaction and excitement from actually being able to work on something that you love. That satisfaction and excitement can follow you into work and actually increase your productivity, too. 2. Utilize Evening Hours No doubt after you’ve finished working for the day, you’re quite tired. Those with kids have extra responsibilities to attend to once they arrive home. By using the morning hours to perform some of those tasks already, you can then use your evening to focus mostly on that passion project. Make yourself a cup of coffee if you need a little boost, then set to work. Since you’re working on something that you love, you likely won’t notice a drain on your energy as much as work gives. You’ll likely feel compelled to just sit on the couch and watch TV. Resist that urge. Give yourself an energy boost if you need to, but make sure you use those hours after work to devote to your passion project. That’s your time to do whatever you want. 3. Stay Home On The Weekends Although you should be sure that your passion project doesn’t eat up your entire life, you can use a few weekends to just stay home and devote a lot of time to it. If the weather outside is rainy or cold, find a way to entertain the kids inside, and then start to work on your passion project. If it’s something that your kids can help with, you can include them, too. In this way, you can still spend time with them and make progress on your passion project. If you need somewhere to go, so you can give your complete attention to the project, you may want to consider renting a cheap storage room to act as a workshop. By giving yourself a full day to fully devote to your project, you can make a great deal of progress. Be Patient Nothing worth anything was built quickly. You should understand that it is going to take some time to see any form of accomplishment on your passion project. By chipping away at it, however, the project will slowly take form and be completed. You can’t finish anything, however, if you don’t start anything in the first place.