3. Create routines.
I know there are millions of resources about routines and why you should have them. I'm not sure if anyone else has ever looked at a routine from this angle, but for me, my morning and evening routines really help prevent me from working more than I should.
Last year, I was waking up early, so I'd go ahead and start working. This left my day being almost two hours longer than I was scheduled to be working. You would think that wouldn't be a bad thing because then I could just leave earlier, right? That's not usually how it works when you have meetings until the end of your scheduled workday, people sending you requests and text messages, and calling you because they expect you to be working. So, my days ended up dragging significantly and being much longer than they should have.
YouTuber Amy Landino is one of the biggest advocates for morning routines that "help you go after the life you want." In her book "Good Morning, Good Life," she helps you set up morning and evening routines that are designed to help you achieve your goals while still completing your normal workload and taking time to relax or do something you enjoy.
Having a routine that literally runs from the time that I wake up until I'm supposed to clock in for work and a second routine that runs almost an hour after I'm supposed to clock out until bedtime has really helped hold me accountable to not working as long and making my goals become a reality.
However, we have to be careful that we're balancing work and achieving our goals with finding time to do the things we love. Life is more than just working and grinding on a side hustle. So, make sure you're including time to do what makes you happy, which is what our next tip is all about.