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Creating Routines

The rituals you need to keep-and how to stick to them

This story appears in the May 2001 issue of

Q: One of the reasons I decided to become self-employed was the rigamarole demanded of me while working for someone else-forms to fill out, justifications, other people's schedules to keep, and on and on. But I know that to run my business successfully, there are things that regularly need to be done. What are they, and how do I "make" myself do them without feeling the resentment I did while employed?

A: Larger businesses can hire people to whom to delegate routines, but anyone operating a one- or two-person business from home has tasks that, if not done regularly, produce unforgiving consequences. While each business has its own demands, some common tasks include:

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