Productivity is often in the crosshairs for many freelancers—and with good reason.

The more productive you are, the more work you can complete and the more money you can make.

Along with that, being productive just feels good. It’s great being able to look back on a day knowing you accomplished a lot.

Establishing a productive lifestyle is a lot harder than you might think. Maybe you’ve tried certain productivity methods and they just haven’t worked. Maybe you feel comfortable with your current level of productivity and do not think you need improvement.

Regardless of where you’re at, if you want to be able to get more done and be proud of your work at the end of the day, then you need to establish a couple of amazing bookend routines.

Bookend routines are powerful because they give you normalcy, or predictability and that feeling of safety, at the beginning and end of your day. No matter what strangeness you’re encountering or obstacles you’re facing in your workday, you have something comfortable to count on at both ends. You can start your day feeling confident and in control, and end it feeling secure and calm.

To use routines when you’re hitting bumps on the road, there’s one key point: keep your routines simple enough to adapt to changing circumstances. Build your bookend routines on actions you control, rather than on a location, tool, or resource you don’t control. For example, instead of making “go to the gym” a key step in your morning routine, change it to “exercise for at least 30 minutes.” That way you can adapt your exercise to any environment: going to the gym, when that’s possible, or doing yoga or taking a walk.”

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