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5 ways to pursue a passion project while working a full-time job

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At the end of the week or the month, review and track your progress, reminding yourself of the goals you have achieved.

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5 ways to pursue a passion project while working a full-time job

5 ways to pursue a passion project while working a full-time job

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The Passion Project

Various studies show that creative hobbies increase our happiness and well-being, and they can even make our work more productive.

Spending more time on something we are passionate about, unrelated to our work, boosts our confidence at our jobs.

The Morning Routine

Creating a morning routine is a game-changer for your passion project.

With a clear, distraction-free mind, you can work on your passion for 30 to 60 minutes in the morning, maybe just one step of work, providing you with a great start of the day.

Time Allotment Myth

While we normally would allot a day or a weekend for our passion project, we end up not moving forward in spite of the time set aside.

If we can spare a few minutes to work on our passion project, in increments, we start to build something, with consistency.

5 Of 7 Rule

Instead of committing to yourself to work your passion project every day, try to give it 5 days in a week, or even fewer, for a better success rate.

Track And Review

At the end of the week or the month, review and track your progress, reminding yourself of the goals you have achieved.

Get Some Sleep

Instead of burning the midnight oil working on your passion, you are much better off prioritizing sleep, and it can actually provide you with a productivity boost.

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Discover your passion

In order to be able to be happy, one should do what he or she likes as work. However, not always what we are drawn to can bring us money.

If you are willing to pursue your hobby and make profit out of it, you should first make sure that doing what you like can actually help you live a decent life. Therefore, if you do have a hobby, you might want to consider checking out if there is a real market for it. For almost everything that is well presented there can be a market. So go on and take your chance!

Decide on a field

Once you have committed to turning your passion into something profitable, the next step is to carefully research the options: check if there is a real demand for your offer, have a a look at what competition has to offer, etc.

Furthermore, maybe the most important is to find ways to innovate. This way, you will develop your competitive spirit and gain clients while learning to become better in the chosen field.

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Passion is not something you discover. 

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Clear out the distractions

One reason you may not know your passion: you haven’t given yourself the time and space to pursue it. 

Reflect on how you’re using your time, and whether or not you want to be distracted by these temptations.

Think of a passion as like an internship

Most internships serve as a trial run for a job — while you’re acquiring skills and knowledge, you’re also trying to see if you want to commit. 

Just like an internship, a passion is something you learn by doing. It takes experience; it takes trial and error.

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...is the first element of deep work.

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