I wish I had more time for myself. I hear this statement time and time again by women (and men) of all walks of life, with different ambitions, holding down various jobs.
We all wish we had more time, of course. If we did, we would have all the time we need to pursue our goals, passion projects, and big dreams. And more importantly, we would have all the time in the world to focus on ourselves after a long day spent at the office, in meetings, and so forth.
But the world doesn’t work that way. We can’t simply decide to add more time to our already jam-packed 24 hours each day.
What if I told you, though, that you already have all of the time you need to do all of the things I mentioned? It’s true!
We just need to find it and use it to our best advantage.
This week on Episode 156 of Productivity Paradox, we’re diving into the five ways you can intentionally make time for your goals by rethinking the pockets of time you have, cutting out time-wasters, and letting go of distractions that hinder your success, and more.
So today, let’s narrow our focus on how we can decompress after a long workday.
How can we ensure that we’re giving ourselves the time and space we need, just for us?
In other words, how can you make sure that you’re finding the “you” time that you need to keep pursuing your goals and big dreams with vigor while staying ahead of all of the tasks and responsibilities you have on your plate at work?
I’ve got two simple ways I’d like to explore with you. Let’s take a look!
My number one tip here is to start seeing and treating yourself as a priority. Because you are! You are your biggest priority, no matter how you spin it.
And if you don’t believe that, then think of it this way: how likely is it that you’ll be able to take care of your family, your work responsibilities, and everything else you have going on in your life if you don’t take time to care for yourself first?
Remember the adage: you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you don’t view yourself as someone deserving of time to relax and recharge, then there’s an excellent chance that no one else will either.
It’s vital to take time for yourself when you need it.
Too often, we fall into the mindset that our time isn’t essential, that we don’t deserve time to ourselves for whatever reason feels fitting at the moment. Maybe you didn’t do as well on a project recently as you thought you would, or perhaps you’ve been struggling to harmonize the different hats you wear in your day to day life.
But again, that harmony, that productivity: it only happens when we’re giving ourselves the grace and space we need to recharge when we’re feeling drained, overwhelmed, and so on.
Start treating yourself as a top priority in life, and, as Lucille Ball once said, the rest will fall into place.
This is another one of my favorite tips when it comes to finding time for yourself, and it’s something we touch on even more on Episode 156 this week.
We are all a part of a team in one way or another. How are you leaning on yours when you need support?
Our teams, our support system – these aren’t merely people we have acting as cheerleaders from the sidelines of life. They aren’t simply there to cheer us along toward our goals and nothing else. Instead, the people we have in our support system are there to do just that: support us!
It’s time we start leaning on those we have around us more often so that we can find more time for ourselves when we need it.
If you find yourself continually bringing your work home with you at the end of the day, find a way to change that, to break that habit.
What tasks could you delegate to someone in your support system so that you can find some time to hit the gym after the office, get a massage, or enjoy a nice meal, for example? Think about it!
The more you’re able to view yourself as a priority and lean on those who are there to give you the support that you need, the easier it becomes to find the “you” time you’re looking for at the end of the day so that you can recharge and come back to work refreshed and ready to go.
What are some of the things you love to do with your “you” time after your workday? Share your favorite activities that give you that bit of recharge you need in the comments below.
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