The hustle culture is all about finding new ways to make money and add to your income stream. By building wealth, you build security for yourself and your family. But it can be a double-edged sword.

One of the benefits of a traditional 9-5 job is that, when you’re not working, your time is your own. True, many employers now expect people to work longer hours or take some work home with them, but you can still bank on the fact that you have set free hours.
But when you’re hustling, every free hour can be seen as a missed opportunity to make money.

Why Balance Matters

The fact is, it is possible to work flat-out on your side hustles and be incredibly productive. For a temporary time. But this way of hustling isn’t sustainable.
Your life involves more than the hustle. If you have children, they take precedence. You need to spend time with them. You also have other responsibilities to your family, friends, and yourself. Basic chores and self-care can only be ignored for so long.
Without balance, you risk burning out. Burning out is brutal for your life and your work, as your mind and body are forced to get the rest you’ve been denying them.
One of the best ways to enforce this balance in your life is to schedule your time. Schedule your work hours and, as importantly, schedule your rest hours.

The Role Your Hobbies Play

It’s been said that everyone should have at least three hobbies.
First, you want a hobby that can help you make money. All the hustlers out there will be familiar with this option, as you use your skills to add an extra income stream. But it’s a mistake to turn all of your hobbies into a money-making scheme, as this isn’t balanced.
Next, you should have a hobby that keeps you fit and healthy. Any sport or active hobby like going to the gym is perfect for this.

Finally, you want a hobby that keeps you creative. Playing an instrument, writing, and painting are all great options. Even hobbies like reading, watching films, or playing video games that expose you to stories and new ways of thinking help.
Of course, this isn’t a hard limit on your hobbies. There’s also something to be said for hobbies that have no purpose other than to help you rest or, in some cases, allow you to just have a whole lot of fun.

Spending Money on Hobbies

Not all hobbies are made equally, and some cost money. When it comes to spending on your hobbies, it again helps to be balanced.
Necessities obviously come first, and investments should also take priority, but there’s something to be said for treating yourself. This helps you enjoy your hobbies more and, in some cases, allows you to stay safe.
For example, if you enjoy off-roading and particularly mud-bugging, you need the right tires for the job. Yes, it’s an investment, but it’s also absolutely worth it.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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