Productivity for Creators - Starting a Successful Side-Hustle

Productivity for Creators - Starting a Successful Side-Hustle - student project

Class Project

  1. Post a screenshot of the project that you're working on in the project and resource section.
  2. If you have not started your own side-hustle yet. It is really important to get into the habit of actually producing stuff.
  3. Side hustle is focused about the output. It's not about how much effort that has been put into it.

Why You Should Start a Side Project

  1. The benefits of Side Projects are divided into 3 categories. They are:

Really Fun

  1. When you start working on something usually you want to work on something that you enjoy.
  2. There is a lot of enjoyment on working on something because there is autonomy that is our thing.
  3. When we build stuff it unlocks a inmate part of ourselves that makes up feel happy and good.
  4. When we are starting a side project we are learning quite a lot, and mastery of that skill and getting better at it is another huge source of enjoyment.


  1. A lot of people start side projects as with the intention of making money further down the line.
  2. The problem with money is that it should not be the first thing on the list because if a thing is done only for money then it is quite easy to lose track of having fun along the way.
  3. Journey Before Destination
  4. It is more important to have fun while doing a side project than it is to make money out of it.
  5. When difficulties come, if money is the only motivation then it is quite difficult to overcome those difficulties.
  6. Money should not be the primary driver for a project but it is a huge benefit is it is successful.
  7. Obsession with making money on a side project is sub-optimal.
  8. Money is just an exchange of value and if money can be made from the things we are doing, its shows that there are other people out there who are willing money because they find value in the things we do.

Has an Impact

  1. Usually when you start a side project it about putting something in the world.
  2. It can be in the form of education, entertainment or inspiration etc.


  1. Fun is most important followed by money and impact further down the line.
  2. Side projects sort of mean a way of diversifying the sources of meaning in your life.

What Side Hustles Can I Start?

  1. The answer to this question is whatever you want. Examples like a blog, YouTube channel, learn to draw or start a podcast, web designer, graphic designer etc.
  2. If you are reading this then chances are that you have a reasonable idea of what sort of side hustle you would like to start.
  3. Ali suggests to start writing online and just write whatever you want to write on the internet.
  4. Writing Online is the fastest way to accelerate your career.
  5. It’s the best way to learn faster, build your resume, and find peers and collaborators who can create job and business opportunities for you.
  6. Content builds on itself. It multiplies and compounds.
  7. Day and night, your content searches the world for people and opportunities. Projects, mentors, speaking gigs, job offers, pitches, investment opportunities, interview requests, podcast appearances, and invitations to special events. It all starts with sharing ideas online.
  8. Remember that not everyone has to be a creator and not everyone has to have a creative side hustle. If you don't like the idea of it then you should probably not do it.
  9. The main advice is to pick what you like to do and then try and turn that into a side hustle.
  10. Ask yourself these five questions.
  • What am I good at or what would other people say I'm good at?
  • What do I enjoy? (the longer the list the better, quantity over quality)
  • What industries /audience/ groups am I part of or familiar with?
  • What do I wish I had known 3, 5, 10 years ago that I could teach to someone today?
  • How can I combine some of these points to make a niche?

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How To Make Time In Our Busy Lives

  1. You should make tiem to do it in the first place.
  2. There are 3 things that you have to keep in mind when you are thinking about how to make time for stuff.

Number #1

  1. Don't use the phrase "I don't have time".
  2. Try to scrub that phrase from your vocabulary.
  3. When we say I don't have time what we are saying is that this things is not a priority.
  4. You will make time for a thing if the incentive reasonable to the point that you're going to do it.
  5. It not that "I don't have time" it is that "I'm actively choosing not to make time."

Number #2

  1. Time blocking is using a calendar to block out a period of time for a side project.
  2. You should not have empty spaces in your calendar where you can do whatever you want.
  3. If you have a gap in your calendar you would choose to do stuff that take less amount of work like watching television or scrolling through Instagram.
  4. There is also a decision fatigue that What you should be doing, what you feel like doing, what you can do etc.
  5. The side hustles are usually long term projects that will lead to medium and long term fulfilment and fun.

Number #3

  1. Productive downtime is the free time that we have everyday that we can use to work on our projects. It doesn't have to be long it can 20 minutes or even 10 minutes.
  2. It also doesn't mean that every moment of spare time you have should be productive.

How To Get Motivated

  1. We only need motivation for things that we don't enjoy doing.
  2. So it is key to have fun while doing a side hustle. If are enjoy the things we are doing then we are less likely to need motivation to do the thing.
  3. We don't need motivation for watching Netflix or hanging out with friends. We need motivation for things like studying.
  4. We need motivation for things that are painful in short term but useful in the long term.
  5. You can reduce the friction for doing the thing so you can start studying or working faster.
  6. You have to change your mindset and recognize that motivation is a myth.
  • The thought is sit down and write a blog post.
  • I feel like writing a blog post
  • The action is sitting down and writing a blog post
This is the motivation path. It is an indirect way of trying to do the thing by feeling like we want to do it. Discipline is " may not feel like going to work but I'm going to go work anyway." If you can make the action more pleasurable we're more likely to be motivated Equally make the outcome more obvious and more salient. Shorten the feedback loop as much as artificially possible. Motivation works on small successes. We do something, we see a small result, and then that fuels the motivation to do the thing again.

The Power of Identity Change

  1. Identity drives a lot of our behavior. Now I am going to give  some tips from the book "Atomic Habits' where the power of identity change is discussed.
  2. Changing our habits is challenging for two reasons: (1) we try to change the wrong thing and (2) we try to change our habits in the wrong way.
  3. There are three levels in which change can occur. They are:
  • The first layer is changing your outcomes. This level is concerned with changing your results: losing weight, publishing a book, winning a championship. Most of the goals you set are associated with this level of change.
  • The second layer is changing your process. This level is concerned with changing your habits and systems: implementing a new routine at the gym, decluttering your desk for better workflow, developing a meditation practice. Most of the habits you build are associated with this level.
  • The third and deepest layer is changing your identity. This level is concerned with changing your beliefs: your worldview, your self-image, your judgments about yourself and others. Most of the beliefs, assumptions, and biases you hold are associated with this level.
  1. Outcomes are about what you get. Processes are about what you do. Identity is about what you believe
  2. Many people begin the process of changing their habits by focusing on what they want to achieve. This leads us to outcome-based habits. The alternative is to build identity-based habits. With this approach, we start by focusing on who we wish to become.
  3. They set goals and determine the actions they should take to achieve those goals without considering the beliefs that drive their actions. They never shift the way they look at themselves, and they don’t realize that their old identity can sabotage their new plans for change.
  4. Behind every system of actions are a system of beliefs.
  5. Behavior that is incongruent with the self will not last
  6. The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity. It’s one thing to say I’m the type of person who wants this. It’s something very different to say I’m the type of person who is this
  7. The more pride you have in a particular aspect of your identity, the more motivated you will be to maintain the habits associated with it.
  8. True behavior change is identity change. You might start a habit because of motivation, but the only reason you’ll stick with one is that it becomes part of your identity.
  9. Your behaviors are usually a reflection of your identity. What you do is an indication of the type of person you believe that you are—either consciously or non-consciously.
  10. Like all aspects of habit formation, this, too, is a double-edged sword. When working for you, identity change can be a powerful force for self-improvement. When working against you, though, identity change can be a curse. Once you have adopted an identity, it can be easy to let your allegiance to it impact your ability to change.
  11. The more deeply a thought or action is tied to your identity, the more difficult it is to change it.

How to be More Efficient With Our Time

  1. Three tips that will help you to be more efficient with your time is as follows:

The Parkinson's Law

  1. Parkinson's Law states that work expands to fill the time that we allocate to it.
  2. Being very targeted with how we spend our time is how we can be efficient and therefore be more successful with our side hustle.

The Pareto Principle

  1. The pareto principle is that eighty percent of the outputs will come from twenty percent of the inputs.
  2. Whatever your side hustle is try and identify the twenty percent of things that will get eighty percent of the results.

Time Blocking

  1. This involves using a calendar like google calendar marking out time where you will do something. Like for example from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm going to work on side hustle project and then being specific about what that thing is.

When Quantity Matters More Than Quality

  1. It is better to do more stuff decently then doing one thing greatly in the case of side hustles.
  2. For example if you are learning how to write. It's far more important for you to just write lots, and lots of blogs than it is to try and craft the perfect blog post.
  3. People are a terrible judge of their own work.

How To Stay Consistent

  1. To do anything well it is important to do it consistently for a long period of time.
  2. The hack to staying consistent is to make a public commitment to do the thing consistently.
  3. Use websites like review

How To Deal With Failure

  1. Whenever you start your side hustle there is going to be a point in time where you will have to deal with failures along the way.
  2. Reframe your failure into a learning opportunity.
  3. When we succeed at stuff we don't learn anything.
  4. The idea of Deliberate Practise is that we want to be operating at the limit of our competence. We're slightly out of our comfort zone at all times.
  5. There is an analogy called crabs in a barrel analogy. If you imagine like a barrel filled with crabs. Anytime a crab try's to escape the barrel the other crabs will try to pull them down because the other crabs don't want any individual crab escaping from the barrel, they want them all to be wallowing in this barrel of despair. This is kind of like a lot of our friends and family are like.

How to Never Run Out of Ideas

  1. Whenever you have a creative side hustle there is an element of bringing ideas into your creative side hustle and then running with them.
  2. Whatever kind of side hustle you are working on, you want a system that doesn't run out of ideas.
  3. Quick Capture basically means that anytime you have an idea about anything wherever it come from you  quickly capture the idea into a note taking system as soon as possible.
  4. "Your brain is for having ideas, not for holding them" - David Allen
  5. Think of your brain as like a total dumbass and you will not trust your brain to remember anything. Therefore, whenever I have an idea it will always be written down the instant it happens.

The Power of Parallel Processing

  1. parallel processing is sort of like doing multiple things at once.
  2. Instead of having one idea and executing it. Have different ideas that are on a slow burner on which you can add them over time and whenever they are complete you can execute them.
  3. It increases a lot of friction by having one idea and then executing it rather having multiple ideas on which you add stuff as you go on.
  4. You never start from a blank page and thinking. You have to just elaborate on the ideas you have written.
  5. Think of how you can turn your system into a parallel processing E-type system rather than thinking about doing one thing at a time.

How to Refine Your Ideas With Templates

  1. Whatever your side hustle is there are some aspects that can systemized or templatized or turn into a system which makes it easier to create the thing.
  2. The point of a template is that when you're doing a video or anything creative, there are often frameworks or guidelines you want to be using.
  3. The more you templatize your workflow the better, faster and more productive it will be.

The Power of Productive Downtime

  1. Whatever creative side hustle we are doing, often we can do a lot of bits of it like ins small chunks here and there.
  2. A lot of creative side hustles have these elements of writing, planning or brainstorming which can be done in our downtime.
  3. Not everything has to be productive all the time. If you want to relax in your spare time then by all means just relaxing thing.
  4. It is a lot more fun and fulfilling and satisfying to be productive during the downtime.

The Power of Productive Procrastination

  1. When you have a creative side hustle which is different from your work than your procrastination from work becomes the creative side hustle.
  2. Whatever you're creative side hustle if you can find a way to make that your source of procrastination some of the time,  it increases your own skills and your own productive output doing the creative side hustle.
  3. When we combine fun and learning life just becomes a lot more enjoyable and a lot more productive along the way.