Leaving Your 9-5? 3 Tips For Finding A New Routine

Leaving Your 9-5? Get ready for a big change. One of the biggest transitions I faced when I decided to quit my job and work for myself was the change in routine.

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Having the freedom to create my own schedule was one of the many aspects of entrepreneurship that I loved, but it didn’t come without a learning curve. Without having a set routine to help you define your day, you have to force yourself to become extremely organized in order to be productive. For me, it was a lot of trial and error, figuring out what worked best for me. To save you some time, I’ve rounded up a few of my best organizational tips:

  1. Toggl - Moving into the freelance world? Toggl is a great tool that helps you to track your hours. Use the timer on your phone or your computer when starting a project, and label your tasks to stay organized. Try it out for free here.

  2. Use the ABC Method - Finding yourself with a wild to-do list that doesn’t seem to be shrinking? Try the ABC method. A for the most important tasks, B for tasks that you should do, C for tasks that you could be doing. (Note: Never do a task B unless you finish all of task As, and so on!)

  3. Create your own routine - Build a system that works for you. Personally for me, I’m a night owl. I get some of my best work done at night, so sometimes you’ll find me working through the night and getting other tasks done during the day. I’ll wake up and get a ton of work done, go to the gym mid-day, and then get more work done at night and in the late afternoon. This system may not work for everyone, but it