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How To Find Time For Yourself

Aug 17, 2007
In this hectic world that we live in, it can be hard to find time to do the things that you really enjoy. Sometimes it may seem like all you ever get done is chores, going to work and performing tasks for other people. But while these things can take up an overwhelming portion of your time, it is extremely important that you find time for yourself as well. But how can you find time for yourself when there are already so many other demands for your time?

Finding time for you is a matter of setting priorities. If you don't carve out time from your day to do things you enjoy to relax, you just simply won't get to do it at all. And if you allow it to happen, other people's wants and needs will take all of your time and energy until there is nothing left over for you.

The first step to making yourself a priority is to schedule time each and every day for activities that you enjoy. You don't have to schedule hours; 15 to 20 minutes is just fine if that is all you can spare. Once you have scheduled some alone time, do not let anything else interrupt it. View it as you would an appointment with a doctor or a dinner date with a trusted friend. When other demands for your time arise, don't be afraid to say that you have plans. You wouldn't allow an errand that your sister wants you to run take precedence over a work-related meeting; don't let it take precedence over your time for yourself either.

Once you have scheduled an appointment with yourself, make sure that your family knows that you will not be available during this time. If you have young children, you can lock yourself in your bedroom and put a sign on the door that says how long you will be gone. Ask your partner to keep the children occupied during this time with the promise that you will do the same for him/her. If your family is older, tell them under no circumstances are you to be disturbed.

Carving out time for yourself means that you will have to learn to say no. You might have to ignore phone calls and you will probably have to let some responsibilities and tasks slide. This is where delegation comes in handy. Let the kids clean the kitchen while you take a hot bath after dinner. Let your brother run the errand for your sister. Just don't let someone else steal that precious time away from you.

Don't be fooled into thinking that there won't be circumstances that arise that will tempt you to forget about the time that you promised yourself. There will always be obstacles, but it is how you handle these obstacles that make the difference in the end. If you always give into pressure, then people around you will learn that they can get you to do what they want with a little bit of pressure. Be firm, be consistent; they will get the hint and leave you alone.
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Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of besuccessfulnews.com , a site that provides information and articles on how to succeed in your own home or small business.
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