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8 Ways to Put Yourself on Your Priority List

Finding Time for ''Me'' Time


    A great article, but I agree with a previous comment that it is odd to sacrifice 45 minutes of your own sleep for your me time. I'm a single parent with a toddler and I love routine, but it's only sometimes possible. You gotta roll with the punches, and accept you can't always get everything done. You definitely have to prioritise 'essential' and 'desirable' tasks, and make 20 minutes of 'me time' an essential task. For me, it's not the same time every day, but it's when my toddler has a nap. I do the 'me time' first so I can be extra recharged to do the rest. You also have to relax your standards or you will never enjoy your me time. For example, being a single parent you may not have had a chance to shower that day or your hair may need washing etc. You may need to let these go in order to have your me time, otherwise your toddler's nap time may be used up with these tasks by the time they wake up. I've had to learn to accept myself, unwashed hair and all, and still love my me time and be able to enjoy it. - 3/12/2013 3:39:03 AM
  • Great thoughts on self-care. Setting aside "me time" has been vital in preventing burnout and eliminating stress and has really brought me back to life! Thank you for the encouragement and the great ideas. We all need regular rest time and self-care to recharge. It's as necessary as sleeping and breathing. I've also struggled with feelings of guilt about downtime (comes from years of working and living in a culture that pounded 24/7 work into my brain). But I've realized that anyone who genuinely cares about me would not deprive me of my self-care time; in fact, they would encourage it. And while I'm not denying there can be naysayers (who need self-care time too!), most of the guilty thoughts come from our own minds anyway. I'm blessed now to have a boss that requires me to take a certain amount of time off for rest and self-care, and if she finds me in the office during that time ... I'm in "trouble"!! :) What a blessing and I am thankful!! - 11/11/2012 7:34:17 AM
    lol typing ot fast love ourself - 9/2/2012 9:29:46 AM
    thank you yes we must love ourslef enough to love ourslef - 9/2/2012 8:41:12 AM
  • the article is nice, in just telling you that you need that me time, each and everyone. It s much harder when you become a mum, suddenly everything is spinning around :)

    Towards the end I was astonished to read the writer decided to wake 45 m earlier in the day to have that me time... I m sorry but sacrificing 45 m from my sleep doesn't seem to make sense to me, especially when the sleep patterns are irregular with a toddler in the house. - 9/2/2012 5:39:33 AM
  • Me time is like brushing teeth-- you just do it. no excuses! - 9/2/2012 12:16:58 AM
  • Right now I have just landed so much 'me' time that I feel like I am living in luxury! Living alone in a cute place that I love has got to be one of the most liberating things in life ... I am savouring every minute and am fully focused on my personal goals ... thank goodness for SP to keep me on track! - 8/24/2012 6:52:42 PM
  • I love my alone time. I just want to accomplish more from it.

    I would have liked more expansion to the part of exercise as me time. I will have to do a search on it. - 6/13/2012 10:03:57 PM
  • It is always good to remind us to take time for ourself. - 4/17/2012 10:56:57 PM
  • I had forgotten how much I enjoyed that me time with coffee in the morning and no one talking to me or other distractions. Thank you - 2/2/2012 9:20:20 PM
  • Thank you for the article. I get so busy with my responsibilities that I forget that I need to be healthy and happy to function at my best. - 1/9/2012 12:54:40 PM
  • One thing I've learned to do is PRIORITIZE - both in my work life and home life! Take some time at the beginning of the day to make a TO DO list, then decide what's most important - what has to be done THAT DAY. That becomes your #1 priority. Then go down the list and decide what's the next most important thing, etc, until you get to the bottom of the list.

    Then, look at what can be delegated to others. Get the kids clean up their own rooms, load the dishwasher, set the table, fold their own clothes, etc., - whatever age-appropriate tasks you can give them. (It's never too early to start getting them self-sufficient).

    Do you always go to the grocery store, dry cleaners, pharmacy, etc.? Can you delegate some of those errands to your partner, or can you do some of them during your lunch hour to save time after work?

    Instead of spending the whole weekend cleaning, do -20 minutes every day or a couple of days a week. Set a timer when you sit down at the computer & move away when your time is up. - 8/5/2011 3:35:04 PM
    You know after reading this, it realy helps remind me that I need to take care of myself. I think that's how I got in this place, I neglected my needs for others and subsitituted eating junk food so I could support and take care of others. I don't even paint my nails like i use to. Making yourself a priority is important. Change can happen. - 8/5/2011 1:38:15 PM
  • I have been a spousal caregiver, and I am still learning how to do this!! one of these days, I'll learn... maybe... - 8/5/2011 8:52:58 AM
  • Thank-you for the article. With the day I had today I think someone is trying to tell me something! - 8/2/2011 11:36:01 PM

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