CONTRACTORS: I have a quickfire round of questions because I'm really trying to get back into setting good habits now that I'm consulting full-time again.

How do you typically go about preparing your day?

1) What's your process?

2) What are some MUSTs you prioritize each day to maintain your work-life balance, mental health, etc. (i.e., phones/email notifications off after X PM; no work on the weekends, etc)

3) Must haves/dos for productivity and time management?

Thanks in advance!

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Former contractor here. I love this stuff, feel free to PM me.

You should evaluate what was tough for you the first time around. E.g. if you struggled with motivation or getting distracted by piles of laundry, you could consider setting up a 4day workweek with Fridays off to light a fire under you to get work done/avoid lots of "life admin" and chores multitasking during the workday.

I love structure and boundaries so this is almost going to sound like a regular FT job vs contracting, but it worked for me:

1. Strict 9-5 workday (or work til work is done, whether that is 2 or 7). No personal stuff during the workday, almost at all. And on the flip side - never work weekends unless it's driven by a specific client need and you've negotiated a weekend rate.
2. Walk in the morning and breakfast before getting online.
3. Have a defined time to end the workday (like a workout or personal plans).
4. Log off of work and then stay off your work email unless you're expecting something. This establishes a clear boundary.
5. Don't take on more than you can reasonably deliver. And don't have only one client 🙂

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