Go through next week's calendar and plan out the entire week.
Set reminders (mail and phone) for all the meetings, deadlines, and to-do items. Appoint to every task a specific time slot. You'll clear your mind of that nagging feeling that you forgot something and have a truly relaxing weekend, leaving you happier on Monday.
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Schedule your habits by giving them a specific space in your daily waking hours. You can put it in your calendar, or link it to your current behavior patterns.
Create a system around your existing life to incorporate the new habit.
Even doing something small towards your goal can help build a daily routine.
Example: Instead of skipping the morning jog entirely due to lack of time, one can jog for a few minutes.
If you want to free up your Friday and have it as a day of uninterrupted time that you can use however you’d like, you have to evaluate your weekly priorities and keep a close eye on your schedule....
Learn the difference between how you’re actually spending your time and how you should be spending your time, between urgent and important.
If you want to have Friday reserved as free space, prioritize the things you want to have wrapped up before Friday.
Behavior change is hard. Slip-ups are common, so when they happen, don't beat yourself up or retreat into negative self-talk. Instead, anticipate your failures and plan for them.
Make achievable commitments to test new routines and approach it as a series of experiments.
Try your new routine for a while and tweak it or switch to a new one if it doesn’t suit you.
Once you have a clear breakdown of what's happening at each stage of your habit loop, brainstorm healthier routines that will produce the results you want.
Create a list of options of alternatives that might provide comparable reward to the one you are trying to eliminate. Focus on new routines that will help you decompress after a stressful day (the cue) and leave you in a positive frame of mind to get freelance work done (reward).
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