I’m sure that if I could see through the virtual world and into your space many hands would be sheepishly raised. Mine included.
That is until it dawned on me that if I don’t make time for me, who will? If I’m not happy and healthy then how on earth am I going to get through my day? If I’m not feeling good I’m certainly not going to be the best person I can be.
Break the phrase “if only I had more time….for me” into three parts and you end up with three parts of nothing much.
- If only
- I had more time
- For me
With more expected of and from you, more demands on time and with something to do squeezing out almost every single minute of the day it’s a wonder we haven’t all been reduced to a bunch of walking talking jibbering zombies.
With schedules crammed to bursting point some days there’s hardly time to make a bathroom stop and sleep let alone make time for the most important person. You.
I can only speak for myself here, but if I don’t have “me time” my mood takes a quick elevator ride up to the levels of cranky and crankier. Without making time every single day to do something that is important to and, for me, I simply would have a meltdown of epic proportions.
I make it my priority to prioritize me. Make it your priority to prioritize you.
Think about it. If I’m not happy, healthy and generally feeling good about myself then all other aspects of my life will suffer. Neither egotistical or selfish, it makes sense. After all, it’s up to me to get through my day, make the most of my life, make others happy, be a good person, achieve my goals and objectives. The list goes on with the one common factor, it’s all up to me.
To do this and more I need to take care of me first and not make myself the last priority on my to-do-list. Take the time and space that is right for you. Schedule a realistic amount of time that works for you and fits in with the rest of your day.
Whether it’s making time to exercise, go to the gym, read, write, bake, cook, plan, build, create, mediate, do yoga, blob and watch telly or to simply sit in quiet – write it, type it, either way, put it in your schedule and show up like you would for any other appointment.
Not a natural morning person I get up with the birds. As tough as it is to leave the comfort of my beautiful warm bed, I religiously get up an hour earlier for exercise me time. While churning out the running miles or pedaling my way through an RPM Spin cycle class I use this time to think and solve any problems. Often bringing a fresh perspective, stressful situations are eased or sorted. I also plan what to write, market and do that day. Within an hour my mind is clear of clutter and space has been made for the stuff that matters.
Clear clutter. Make space for you.
Put yourself at the top of your list and schedule time for you to do the one thing that will make you feel:
- you’ve had time for you
- good about yourself
- content and satisfied that you’ve had time to do what you enjoy
- able to give more of you to your family, work and others
- great about being busy for the remainder of the day
- less grumpy, dissatisfied, resentful or any other energy zapping negative emotion
- ready to conquer your day
- healthy and happy
- like you matter
Plan to make time for you.
My life my way takeaway for Clear Clutter. Make space for you – “Schedule time for you and show up like you would any other appointment.”
Clear Clutter. Make space for you is the title of Chapter 2 of my e-book Minnie Moo The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Cat.
Minnie Moo needed to clear his mind of negative clutter to overcome his fear of hawks and go on his adventure with Mr T.
It resonates with me too. If I don’t make space for me I’m not going to be the best person I can be.