Rise and grind everybody, it’s another bright new day to work that office job that you definitely don’t want to be doing for the rest of your life! If you’re in this situation, you’re not the only one who would rather be pursuing a passionate career, not living cheque to cheque.
But at the end of the day, you need money to live. Many have tried to sustain themselves on art alone and it never works out for then. The trick is to find the time around the job that pays the bills and feeds you to perfect your craft and figure out how to make a job out of it.
Here are six ways, courtesy of Hello Giggles, to pursue a passionate career when you’re stuck in an office job.
1. Wake up early
Getting up any earlier than absolutely necessary sounds like a slice of fresh hell but if you want extra time in the day you have to work for it. Mornings are often the best time to get creative and doing something you love can boost your energy for the day.
2. Prioritise ‘You’ time
Even if it’s just an hour for the day, it’s so important to cut a slice of your schedule for your interests. It doesn’t need to achieve anything but learning how to develop your interests is step one of building a successful passionate career.
3. Use your lunch hour
That’s a whole hour where you can take advantage of your office resources and work on whatever the hell you want. Use the banality of your job to fuel the passion behind whatever else you’re working on.
4. The weekends are your realm
Make the most of these two days because that’s where you’ll do most of your passion work. Try to avoid hangovers and Facebook binges, use this free time to work on what you love.
5. Take a class
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Say what you want about school but the structure was good for you. It’s hard to trust yourself to work at home so why not take up a night class and improve on your passions there, surrounded by likeminded people.
6. Work with someone
Get someone who is equally passionate to work with. You’ll do everything twice as quickly and you’ll have someone on hand to discuss the big ideas with. You might occasionally disagree but the positives of teamwork outweigh the negatives tenfold!