Obligations, work, plans, unforeseen complications- all of these eat into the little precious time that you have for yourself. It can be hard to plan and honor a time slot for “me-time” with all of the things you have to do, but it’s possible with a bit of determination and willpower. Here are some things to consider when making time for yourself and working towards a happier life.

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Keep taking time for yourself until you're you again. - Lalah Delia

“Keep taking time for yourself until you’re you again. “

~ Lalah Delia


Stop complaining about having no time for yourself and get up an hour earlier. You have the option, why not exercise it? - Robin Sharma

“Stop complaining about having no time for yourself and get up an hour earlier. You have the option, why not exercise it?”

~ Robin Sharma


It's okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others and we need to be fueled both physically and mentally. If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions. - Faith Hill

“It’s okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others and we need to be fueled both physically and mentally. If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.”

~ Faith Hill


You have to calendar time for yourself even if you have no idea what you're going to do with it. - Susie Bright

“You have to calendar time for yourself even if you have no idea what you’re going to do with it.”

~ Susie Bright


Do not let a day go by without taking some time for yourself - some time you spend in pure pleasure, as you see it. - Napoleon Hill

“Do not let a day go by without taking some time for yourself – some time you spend in pure pleasure, as you see it.”

~ Napoleon Hill


Expedite Other Tasks

If you want to make time for yourself, one of the best ways is to do everything else that you need to do faster. Don’t sacrifice quality, but instead try making an effort to be more productive and efficient. If you tend to work very long but very inefficiently, this cuts into your free time in the long run. While there are some time commitments like work that might not be able to be cut short, try to plan out your days more strictly in order to get the most out of the time you have.

If you want to make time for yourself, one of the best ways is to do everything else that you need to do faster.

A great way to do this is by combining tasks. For example, if you need to go grocery shopping and pick up something for home improvement, instead of going to one store and then finding out where the other is, you could do research to find two stores that are close to each other. If you regularly cook dinner, try preparing some food on the weekends to be heated up later in the week when you’d usually have less time. That, or choose a recipe that’s fast in order to ensure that you have more time in the evening. By prioritizing efficiency, you give yourself more time later.

Consider What You Want to Do with the Time

Oftentimes, when people finally get time to themselves, they spend it doing mindless things that don’t really relax or satisfy them. While this isn’t a strategy for increasing how much “me time” you have, it maximizes how you use the time you have. Instead of just scrolling on an app, try making a list of things you really enjoy/want to get done and do those instead! They don’t need to be “productive” in the traditional sense, either. If there’s a show you want to catch up on or sleep you need to get, that’s also completely fine! Just make sure that the time you do use will be worth it to you.

Will Ferrell considering what to do with his time
Hmmm: Consider what you want to do with your time…

The best way to figure out what you want to do in your free time is to imagine what you’d be doing in a perfect world, without the necessity to work. If you had all the free time in the world and the resources you have now, what would you do with it? Would you listen to music that makes you feel good? Would you exercise? How about painting? If there’s nothing fun you can think of within your budget, try finding ways to make more money to increase your resources. Just make sure to relax and give yourself a break!

Be Uncompromising with Your Time

Many selfless people will give up the time they planned for themselves to help other people with their tasks or obligations. If that fulfills you, then that’s fine! However, you should have at least some time that’s completely and unwaveringly yours. One way to make it more concrete in your mind is to schedule it into a digital or paper calendar. Once it’s in under the label “me time” or something similar, you’ll be less likely to want to give it up.

It’s not selfish to say no if you’re helpful and kind most of the time! Everyone needs a break and everyone needs to have some amount of “me time.” By giving away your time to others all the time, you’re devaluing your own time, which can make you feel like your time is less important than others’.

Be as Consistent as Possible with Your Schedule

Getting everything to fall perfectly on schedule is practically impossible, but getting as close as possible can make it much easier to ensure time for yourself. While a change of pace can definitely be a good thing, finding a rhythm that works for you can make a world of a difference regarding how much you can get done and how much time you have to relax and do what you want to do. By scheduling in your free time and obligations, it makes concrete the difference between the two which makes your mind not only believe they’re both necessary, but it can shift your mind from “work mode” to “play mode” more easily. This can relieve the constant anxiety of either doing too much or doing not enough.

The necessity to work and the impulse to be “productive” can hamper and damage the amount of free time you have as well as your ability to really enjoy your free time by just relaxing. With these tips, though, you can make sure that you get the most out of the “me time” that’s available to you.

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