Many people have personal projects that they wish to complete but find it difficult to be productive until they start thinking of this project as a second job. Let me explain what I mean. Imagine that you have a major project you wish to complete, such as writing a novel. It is difficult to find time to complete a major project like that, let alone find the motivation to work on it persistently. If, however, you begin thinking about the project as a second job, you might find that it becomes significantly easier to get the work done and be productive. Many people have used that mindset to be productive.
Assuming that you work a normal 8 to 5 job, what would you do if you had to work a second job to make ends meet? You would have to either work an early shift from 5 AM to 8 AM or work a later shift from 5 PM to 8 PM. Many people become productive with their private projects by thinking of those projects as a second job and allowing them a specific time. Such as the 5 AM to 8 AM or 5 PM to 8 PM timeslot that I just mentioned.
Using our novel writing example for illustration, an might make him or herself report to work every morning at 5 AM and write for three hours before going to 8 AM job. By devoting three solid hours to this project everyday the novelist would likely see significant results. That amount of time is almost like working at half-time job, even though it does not produce any income immediately.
Is it realistic for people to really devote that kind of time to a private project everyday? Yes, because unlike a paid job, this second job is something that the individual chooses to do. Motivation is not a problem, because the person wants to do this thing. Even who has trouble waking up in the morning for a paying job can probably find the motivation to wake up at 5 AM for a personal pursuit because the project is inherently motivating.
When people create an artificial second job in order to be productive with personal projects, they frequently find that the time spent on the personal project is very productive. This is partly because the project is inherently motivating as described above, but it is also partly because the second job is a refreshing break from one’s primary paid work. The change of pace alone can make this type of endeavor worthwhile. Of course, though, the real payoff comes when the project is completed. Using our novelist example again, it is tremendously satisfying for a novelist to hold his or her book in print for the first time. But that will never happen unless the novelist finds time to write a novel. Treating writing as a second job is a good way to do that.
Treating a personal project as a second job is really just a change in mindset, but it does help people be more productive with their personal pursuits. Why shouldn’t people be as religiously devoted to their personal pursuits as they are to their paid work? Why not give the same loyalty and devotion to what one really wants to do, as to what one is paid to do? The simple change of mindset described above helps many people accomplish personal pursuits that they would not otherwise complete.