It’s late. I’m tired.
I need to wake up early tomorrow.
When you start looking for reasons why not to spend some time for yourself at the end of the day, the list becomes endless. Task lists and priorities get jumbled. Then, convincing yourself to take some free time becomes the impossible task.
Sometimes all it takes is reevaluation and reorganization. In a schedule filled with busy tasks catering people other than yourself, it’s easy to forget to take a step back and realize that you need a well-deserved break.
Whether it’s reading the newspaper, playing an instrument, or taking long showers, finding time for you doesn’t need to be part of the battle. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to fight the day’s grind and ensure that you don’t procrastinate on you!
It’s perhaps the hardest thing to say. But saying “no” is not as finite and ending as it sounds. Sometimes all it takes is this one syllable word to prevent over-saturation and allow yourself a breather – on your terms.
Before you agree to a new task, take sometime to evaluate the reasons why you’re saying “yes.” Is it to ease the pressure of someone else? Are you gaining anything from helping out in this case? While convincing yourself that time is infinite might be simple, knowing where to draw the line could help you concentrate some time towards you.
While not always the case, the problem might lie in organization. Do you waste a lot of time traveling back in forth in cars? Do you spend your hours glued to technology? If there is a way you can be more efficient, try it! Time adds up, and with some effective scheduling, you might be surprised about the spare time you have.
I like to make calendars that account for the maximum amount of time that I could end up spending on each task. If I end up going beyond my allotted maximum, it’s obviously time to rethink what I could do more effectively. But, as chances are, I end up spending a lot less time on each task than I had originally planned. That’s spare time right there!
It’s okay to ask for help. More than that, it’s okay to admit that it’s not possible to do everything yourself. Re-assigning work to you family members, friends, or personal assistants could take you one step closer to developing a hobby you’ve always wanted to try.
Find what you love, and do it.
Revitalize your Mornings
If you plan a break somewhere towards the middle of the day, you’re probably pushing your free time in between task lists. In the chance that you thought up another task in the meantime, you don’t want it clash with your time for yourself.
Mornings may be better than ever because of the fact that most of us don’t plan tasks for the crack of dawn. Enjoy long runs? Exercise can play a dual role in terms of revitalizing your day through boosts of adrenaline and being a hobby. Mornings can also be great of self-relaxation before the stress of the day kicks in.