Jumping straight into a new course is exciting, overwhelming, stressful, and eye-opening all at once. And although virtual assisting starts as a side hustle for many, you’ll soon realize how many opportunities there are for you to make this a full-time gig!
Many of my students in 90 Day VA are more than excited to jump in and get started, but it doesn’t take long to notice that a few start to stress about how they’re going to juggle the course with this thing called life.
So, before you psych yourself out thinking how you’re going to manage, let me remind you that my course is SELF-PACED. This means you have ALL the time in the world to complete it and do it on your own time.
There’s no rush. No one is pressuring you. And it’s not a race.
You are exactly where you need to be, my friend! Don’t let other people’s progress distract you from where you’re going. Your time to shine, find your dream client, and work from home is closer than you think.
Whether your goal is to have a side hustle or turn your virtual assisting into your full-time job, I’m happy to tell you – you are in the right place. So, here are 3 tips to help you juggle 90 Day VA while working a full-time job.
1. Organize Your Time
If you haven’t heard of time-blocking, I hope you’re ready to be mind-blown! Not really, but this is a really cool way to organize your time.
Time-blocking is where you set aside a block of time in your day to complete specific tasks. It can be one hour or more. You cross out that time in your calendar to work on whatever you want to work on and complete whatever you need to do.
Not only does this help you to identify where your free time is, but you can also organize how you want to spend your time as well.
So, if you’re looking to balance life along with this course – it’s time to get organized, baby!
While the course is self-paced, it’s still a great idea to set aside time in your day to work through it.
If you’re a mom and want to find time between taking care of the kiddos and your corporate job, start by blocking out the time dedicated to both.
Fill in your calendar with your work schedule, lunch break, when the kids are in school, their nap time, their bedtime, when you go to the store, etc. – Whatever you do in a day, write it down in the calendar.
The trick is to find pockets of time in your schedule and dedicate that time to work on the course.
Time-blocking is just an easier way to help you see what times you DO have available in your day. Then, you can decide what times work best for you.
You may have a boss in your corporate job, but as a VA – you’re the boss! You call the shots. Work on the course when you want to or when you have the time. There’s no rush!
As you grow in your virtual assistant journey, you’ll learn how to balance both. If you’re overwhelmed by juggling it all now, remind yourself that this course is self-paced.
Figure out your schedule now before you start signing on clients. That way, when you do, you’re already ahead of the curve and will be able to juggle your work from home and life in general.
Learn to be organized now. Use this time to figure out when you’re most productive and what times of the day you prefer to work.
If becoming a virtual assistant sooner rather than later is a priority for you, use your time wisely. This is NOT the time for procrastination. You have to put in the WERK!
2. Focus on YOU and Stop Pressuring Yourself
This is one of the most important things you can do for yourself as you juggle the course and your everyday life.
Fight the urge to compare yourself to anyone else.
The struggle gets real when you start to see other students, seemingly landing clients left and right. You’re over here like, “What the heck is she doing that I’m not?!”
First of all, stop. Take a deep breath. And bring your focus back to you.
Do NOT put pressure on yourself to outperform the girl next to you, and stop putting pressure on yourself to complete it all in one go. Just because you see some girls flying through the course doesn’t mean you have to either.
You have no idea what their story is, the time they have, or the struggles they’re going through. It may all seem like rainbows and butterflies for them, but I promise you it’s not! Keep your focus on yourself.
You are exactly where you need to be, and you can complete the course when YOU have time, not when AMANDA (a random name I just came up with) has time.
Ultimately, you want to do what works for you. Ask yourself these questions:
- What are my strengths?
- What are my weaknesses?
- When am I most energized or motivated?
- When do I do my best work?
If you can only bust out an hour a day – THAT IS OKAY. No one is putting this pressure on you to complete the work in a specific timeframe. If you get discouraged with your progress, take a deep breath, and get back to it when you can.
You’re going to learn so much about yourself in this process. Trial and error are necessary for your success as a VA. Use this time to discover your strengths, weaknesses, and what time of the day you work best.
Think about it like this – When you land your first client, you’re going to know exactly what you need to do to succeed as their virtual assistant. You’ll know your most productive times, when you work best and when you don’t.
If you need some extra motivation, here are 10 ways to guarantee your success as a virtual assistant.
3. Find Your Tribe
You’ll see this phrase more and more as you work in the online space – “find your tribe.”
“What does it mean, Esther?” Great question!
It means to find the people you connect with who can support you and relate to what you do or experience.
It’s important to know that you’re not the only one in this situation. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure of what to do, reach out to other students in our members-only Facebook group! It’s a place where you can share how you’re feeling, ask questions, and learn from others.
Many of our students are moms with kids, digital nomads in the making, women (and men) working full-time, corporate jobs, high school, and college students.
Our community continues to grow, and when you put yourself out there, you never know the amazing things that can come from it.
Don’t be shy, reach out, and find your community of people to connect with!
The moral of the story here is to take it easy on yourself as you balance this course and LIFE.
Life, in general, can be insane. Let’s not re-live 2020, okay?
Realize that you’re going to have to learn to juggle multiple things because this is what being a VA is all about.
You’re going to have different clients. You’re going to have to complete various tasks. But you got this!
The grind is real, but if you’re hoping to turn this lifestyle into your full-time job, you’re on the right track!
Take each day as it comes. You will learn how to juggle both, and the more you do, the more you’ll realize it’s not as scary as it seems.
Hope to see you there!