Tips for the Independent

Going off on your own is scary, and staying off on your own can be a strain mentally, physically and emotionally.  Here are a few tips on how to ease that burden.

Set Income Goals Weekly and Monthly:

Know how much you require in order to sustain your household and lifestyle per year.  Once you have established that number, break it down into what you must make monthly and then weekly.  Once you have established this, strive to meet those weekly goals.  Once you have set tangible goals, you won't beat yourself up if you miss a mark; you will juts know that next week or month you will have to step up the hustle.   I never feel like I am making enough money, but in most weeks I am making more than my target.  Once I set my hard numbers, and put them down on paper, I am able to mentally and emotionally relax knowing that most weeks I am in the clear and if I am not one week, my overages will make up for it from previous weeks.  This has done wonders for my peace of mind, and now I don't stress out about missing a couple of hours here and there to go see the doctor or take a break.

Go to the Gym 3x per Week

This can be so hard, especially when you are busy, running around and super tired.  When you are an independent, no day is the same, so it is important to have some sort of structure in your schedule.  The physical exercise also clears our mind, activates endorphins and gives us a feeling of accomplishment.  This commitment to exercise gives me a weekly target and I strive to hit it every week.  I suggest working out in the morning, since as you you all know, most of the days end up much more hectic than we would like and traffic is horrible in the afternoon.  I try to head to the gym before traffic, and then start my day with a great cup of coffee.

Wake Up 1.5 Hours Earlier a Few Times Per Week

By giving myself that extra hour and a half in the morning 2-3 times per week when the house is quiet and the world is not working, I feel like I have given myself an extra day of the week.  I get my best work done between 5:30am and 7:00am.  This is huge for managing stress and knocking things off a to do list.

Make a To do List Every Night:

The bed is this wonderful place where you magically remember everything you were and are supposed to do.  I try to make a to do list every night and keep it with me throughout the day so I can add to it as things come up.  I cannot tell you how many times I have woken up early to get some work done, only to wake up and forget why I woke up so early.  Then I take a look at my to do list and it all comes to me.  Before I know it, I am 4 things in to my list and feeling so accomplished.

Get Dressed Most Days

Let's face it, we all love a nice "work in your pajamas day", however, doing this every day can really make you feel depressed.  By getting dressed, applying makeup and getting out of the house even if it's just for lunch can do wonders for our psyche.  But make sure you leave yourself a day here and there to work from your sweats, after all, that is one of the perks of being on your own!