So side hustle is regularly regarded as a way to make money and subsist either working an extra job, or working multiple job. Including my freelancing work, I technically have three jobs.
But I’m not talking about our robust American hustle economy today. I’m talking about how you can make game prep work for you! Do you like painting miniatures? Drawing maps? Do you need to “veg out” and focus on something that takes you away from the outside world without having to dedicate time to mindless television?
Consider doing something that advances your love of tabletop gaming AND calms you. It’s important to understand your innate need for quiet time. Time that is for you and you along, in which you focus on something that is not the foibles and issues that cause you stress.
So consider perhaps writing about your campaign, even if it’s a side story about your NPCs or its history. Consider reading something inspiring, even if it’s a light novel or a series of short stories from your favorite schlock author. Nothing is off limits. Whatever you do that satisfies your creative energies is valid!
So take up miniatures painting, terrain printing, or actual painting and drawing. Let your muse guide you in whatever helps you “fill your cup”, and go crazy. Remember that no matter what kind of time constraints you have, you have to take time for yourself or you won’t be the best version of you. This counts for the game table just as it does in your professional life (or both, if you are a lucky cuss).
Regardless, find your zen and try to live there as often as you can. You will learn to love the muse that you use, and it will drive you to higher heights.