Today, I was reminded of Ben Franklin's age-old adage:

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a (wo)man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

Depending on whom you talk to, these words either make perfect sense or, they represent a close-minded mindset when it comes to productivity.

As someone who has been self-employed throughout my professional career, I have (almost) always been in charge of my own time. Thanks to this flexibility, I haven't ever had a set schedule.

You might be wondering, "Then how the hell do you get anything done?"

Just because I don't have a set schedule doesn't mean I don't have a routine.

What exactly is the difference?

In my mind, a schedule is based on time - you do certain tasks at specific times. On the other hand, a routine is a rigid set of tasks that can be completed whenever necessary.

Even though I aim to I complete my routine in the morning, there are still some days where I don't start until the afternoon. To me, it doesn't matter, just as long as I finish what matters.

In other words, it doesn't matter when you go to bed or wake up. If you tackle the things that mean the most to you (and take care of yourself along the way), you're already healthy, wealthy, and wise.