Do You make time for You?

Make time for You Do You make time for You? How did you answer that question? it’s not a difficult question, you either do or you don’t, and if you’re like most of my clients you are probably in the don’t camp or at a minimum you are in the I don’t do it as much as I should camp.

Many of my clients are so busy thinking about making time to achieve things that will be of benefit to others, that they completely forget about making time for themselves. I get them to open there diaries and tell me how much time is put aside for them compared to the time set aside for others and they’re genuingly surprised when they can’t find any me time, it has to be scheduled!! I’ve even had people tell me that they don’t really matter.

There is a reason why when you’re on an Aircraft, the flight attendants tell you that In the event of a decompression, secure your own oxygen mask and then assist the other people. It’s not being selfish, it’s being practical, you can’t help others if your struggling to breath yourself.

The same is true in day to day life, you need to have me time, it’s essential that you make time for you. Read the following reflection, answer the three questions at the end and use this as a starting point to change your mindset.

I make time for myself.

It is easy for me to make time for the things that are important to me. I am aware that my mental well-being depends on it.

Pampering reminds me that I am a special person. It gives me the chance to commit to the time and money required to give myself personal care. When I treat myself well, it inspires others to treat me the same way and it helps me to provide help and support to others.

Taking time away helps me to refocus on the things that matter most to me. I avoid allowing the chaos of daily living to keep me from focusing on what is important.

When I rebuild my spirit, it allows me to be a stronger source of support. My family and friends deserve the best of me. I do what it takes to maintain positivity so I can bring peace, harmony, and encouragement to those I love.

Being introspective allows me to assess the role that others play in my life. I use my alone time to remind myself of the importance of my relationships.

I use my private time to gain knowledge. Learning from books and other sources helps to enlighten my perspectives of the world around me. They also help me bring value to those I live and work with.

Today, I acknowledge the importance of having alone time. My contributions to the world are more positive and profound because I take the time to work on myself.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. What self-development activities can I participate in on my own?
  2. What life lessons can I learn from those around me?
  3. How can I ensure that I make time for myself?

How often do you make time for you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Till Next Time

Mike gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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10 thoughts on “Do You make time for You?

  1. oooo great post. This is lovely ‘When I rebuild my spirit, it allows me to be a stronger source of support’. My me time is exercise and yoga. I enjoy being physically strong and fit and having energy. Luckily as a Hypnotherapist I can relax my mind and have me time there very easily!

  2. It’s key to put non-negotiable me time into the calendar for a number of reasons, including saving your sanity. I first clued in to the benefits of doing so when managing my calendar effectively meant being comfortable with saying no to time-stealing tasks. It’s also part of managing burnout, for me at least. Thanks for a great post Mike!