Last month, I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw. I was exhausted. I was working almost 15 hours a day, and my bed became my office. I had entered one of those black holes I promised myself I’d never fall into again.

Working for yourself from home gives you a lot of freedom, but too much of a good thing can become trouble. I was running the risk of a possible burn out, so I threw down some hard rules to get back on the path of wellbeing. I knew what I had to do, but I wasn’t doing anything to actually implement them.

It felt silly at first, but I decided on drafting a contract with myself − I am my own boss, after all. Contracts are designed to put everything on the table and become crystal clear about expectations for a smooth and successful collaboration.

Here are some of the daily habits I agreed upon on Monday 13 May 2019 to have a better experience as an entrepreneur:

  • Taking 2 full days off each week, working no more than 10 hours per working day.

  • Being busy is not a status symbol. Replace the word “busy” with “blessed”.

  • Establish at least 5 new business contacts each day.

  • Work is never to be done in bed. Get out of the house each day to work from a co-working space for at least 2 hours.

  • 26 days of vacation each year (standard in Italy).

  • Maintain daily routine of meditation, gratitude, exercise, healthy eating, water.

Which non-negotiables would you put in your contract with yourself?