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Not another lazy Sunday

I’m sitting in a coffee shop with a much clearer mind than usual.

During a “normal” Sunday morning, there’s a good chance I would still be in bed, avoiding the constant nagging of my phone alarm.

I would probably feel groggy from a late night of drinking with friends, unmotivated to do anything but curb a stubborn hangover.

My morning routine would be in shambles as I haphazardly figure out what to make for breakfast.

Instead, I’m almost finished with my routine, checking things off my to-do list as I make my way to freelance work that I’ve been neglecting over the past few weeks.

Today, I truly understand why I don’t always need that extra drink or just one more hour out with friends. Sure, it might feel good in the moment, but it’s almost never worth it in the long run.

It’s morning like these that remind me what it means to set yourself up for success.

I’m grateful for a Sunday morning that isn’t so lazy.

Weekend warriors

When you work for yourself, everything comes down to decisions.

Plenty of people will tell you that, in the beginning, there is no such thing as "work-life balance." You have to decide to sacrifice your time by giving up nights and weekends.

I agree that in order to be successful, you have to put in the work. However, before you put in the work, you have to decide what being "successful" means in the first place. How could you ever become successful if you have no idea what success looks like?

I ask myself this all of the time: what does my success look like?

Whenever I feel lost or stressed out, it's usually because I lose sight of the answer.

As you can probably guess, your definition of success will change over time.

When you're younger, success might look like making enough money to work for yourself. As you get older, it may turn into providing a good education for your kids. Whatever it is, it's yours.

If you ask me, the weekend is perfect for thinking this over.

Even though it still takes time and energy to think about, you don't have to be at your desk.

You don't need spreadsheets, meetings, or your boss's permission.

All you need is time and space.

Go to your favorite coffee shop. Find a shady tree in a nearby park. It doesn't matter where you go, as long as you can concentrate.

Do this on Saturday or Sunday, and you'll never waste another weekend again.