5 ways to squeeze more 'me time' into your busy schedule

You’re probably reading this because you’re desperate to have some time for yourself. That can be easier said than done, so Smaggle blogger Carly Jacobs shares her top 5 tips on how to make it happen. 

Pick one evening a week for yourself 

This may sound like a lot but if you want to make it happen, you can, and you don’t even necessarily need to leave the house. You can do anything you like - have a bath, read a book, go for a glass of wine with a friend, take a pottery class, go to the gym. Whatever it is that makes you feel amazing - do it. And do it at the same time every week. That way when you reach Tuesday each week you think ‘Oh! I get to do something lovely for me today!’ It’s also a good way to not let things slip. We can all go way to long without properly taking care of ourselves so having a schedule will make us stick to it.

Book it in 

Make sure you book things in for yourself. Try a fitness class (Bupa Plus is offering free classes at Fed Square!) or a meditation session. Do it right now. Pick a time, book it in, make the necessary arrangements with your family and just go. Gentle exercise is one of the best things you can do to slow life down and clear your mind when you’re very busy. Tai Chi could be just what you need. 

Leave work on time

Have a think about how much time at work you spend actually working, and how much time is spent doing things you don’t really need to do. Having strong social connections at work is really important but sometimes when you’ve got a long to-do list, getting stuck in non-work related conversations means you don’t get the chance to leave work on time. One way around that is to find a quiet place in your office or work environment free of distractions. That way you can move there when needed, so you can knuckle down and get things done without having to work overtime.
Women drinking tea

Meet a friend 

If you’re meeting a friend, it’s easier to prioritise your ‘me time’ because you’ve booked in another person for that time. It might be going for a walk with takeaway coffee on a Saturday morning or going to a class together once a week (Have you tried a gentle dance class?) If you don’t have the discipline to book in ‘me time’ for yourself then outsource it to a friend! And make it regular. Every single week thank you very much. 

Give something up 

If you’re constantly finding yourself running around like a chicken with its head cut off, have you considered the possibility that you’re doing too much? You can definitely give things up. Like that book club you joined that you feel a bit flat about, ditch it! There’s no point in wasting your time doing anything you feel lukewarm about when you could be spending your time doing something you absolutely love! Imagine if you replaced that time you spent having dinner with that friend you’re not that crash hot on, and spent that time reading a book outside? Or having a special breakfast at home with your family? Isn’t that time better spent? 

Tip: Don’t apologise for taking this time for you. Own it and make it happen.

For more great ideas on "How to win at life" check out Carly Jacobs' Blog, Smaggle.
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