Making Time for Yourself

Have you ever heard the phrase “time is money”? How about “spending time”, “saving time” and “wasting time”.

Yes, time is something that we all only have a limited reserve of and none of us know how much time we actually have. After all, one of the most common deathbed regrets boils down to wishing that more time was spent on ourselves.

The problem is that everyone seems to want a piece of our time. Our jobs, the governments, our spouses and partners, our children. There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get to it all done, but the truth is that you can take time for yourself and put life into your minutes.

How? Here are some ways to claw back your own time and space again.

1. Make Dates With Yourself

If you’re an organised person you probably keep an appointment book and always respect people enough to show up on time and honour your commitment. Ironically we don’t seem to show ourselves that sort of respect. Get into the habit of making dates with yourself as well and treat them with the same seriousness you would for someone else. Book that movie date, meditation time or video game session. Whatever it is you really want to do for yourself, write down the time and date and do it!

2. Commit to A Number

Decide to cut a slice from the 24-hour pie that is every day for yourself. Decide upfront how much. Start with at least 20-minutes, but an hour or two spread over the day would be ideal. Decide how you would like to spend that time and schedule it on the calendar we just discussed.

3. Destroy Your Small Time Wasters

Switch off your email notifications and check them once an hour. Limit your daily use of social media. Twitter and Facebook can wait until tomorrow if you’re already spend 20 minutes on it. Things that can wait should wait until you can handle them in one efficient go. Jumping between lots of different distractions only makes you slower at all of these things. Those seconds add up to minutes and hours you could have used for yourself.

4. Create Opportunities to Let Your Mind Wander

If there are things that you have to do anyway, why not do them in a way that lets you spend some time with yourself?  Cook your meals, wash your own car, have a bath instead of a shower. Do your own gardening from time to time, anything that can occupy your hands while you let your mind wander. There is a reason zen monks do all that sweeping!

5. Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Time comes and goes, so we have to grab it while we can. These four small changes are a great way to begin making better use of the little time we have – time’s a wasting!