We are so busy with our lives that we sometimes forget to make time for ourselves, and we always have reasons. Sometimes there’s not enough time, or sometimes, we just simply forget. I struggled with making time for myself in the past, but I’ve mastered the art of creating time.
Write down how you spend your time
Sometimes, I just feel like my schedule is: wakeupschooltestslunchstudyblogphotography and sleep. Yes, the nonexistent spacing was intended. When I decided that I was going to do something about this, I created a numbered list of what I do in a day.This helped me find extra time I could make between transitions from one subject to another.
For example, I found that I spend around 20-30 minutes after lunch to go on my phone, blog, social media, etc.
Teach yourself to not waste time
Now that you’ve found out how you spend and waste your time, now it’s time to figure out how you can save time.
I experimented myself to see how much time I save if I go without my phone and computer for a whole day (except for doing homework). It was hard, but I can proudly say that it was successful.
The results? I found myself standing in front of my bookshelf, trying to find a book to read. I cleaned out my closet and went out for a walk. I also ended up staring outside my window, which is how I usually waste my time while doing homework. Oops.
You don’t have to go on a phone/computer diet, but watch out for yourself when you’re spending your time doing nothing. I tell you, it saves a lot of time.
Don’t try to do everything
One of the main reasons we don’t have time is because we try to do everything. As humans, we naturally want and try to accomplish as many things as we can, and this results in restlessness in our lives.
Time is an independent variable; we cannot create time. If you want to have time for yourself, you will lose something else. The key here is to be willing to sacrifice something that you can do in that time to spend for yourself.
I honestly had no plan on writing this post, but I just did this fun experiment today of not using my phone, and loved the result. I noticed my surroundings and photographed my desk and my backyard, hence the photos placed after every paragraph. It was a very healing day for me and I even had a great conversation with my mom while my dad and my brother watched a movie. Bottom line, making time for yourself doesn’t mean be alone, but make time for yourself to enjoy.
You enjoyment can come from anything such as reading, watching a movie, or spending time with your family. The important thing is to enjoy the time as much as you can.
My question to you is:
How do you want to spend the time you make for yourself?