How to Fit More Self-Care into Your Extremely Busy Schedule
So, you’re busy and keep neglecting to do things that fill the proverbial well inside you. We get it! Everyone has been there. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make changes now that benefit your future. Being aware that your personal needs are not being met is the first step in improving your life for the better.
There is a popular saying that makes it rounds on the internet rather regularly. To summarize, it notes that famous people, revolutionary activists, genius inventors, and overall talented and successful folks have the same 24 hours in a day as you have. Its intent is not to shame but motivate you to make the most out of the one life you’ve been given. Understanding what drives you to do what you do is a good starting point. Once you’ve identified the desired feeling that achieving your goals gives you, you’ll be better in tune with why you’re spinning your wheels to get there in the first place
Here is how to fit more self-care into your extremely busy schedule:
Get really organized.
Doing so allows you to take inventory of the things you have as well as those you need. If your outside environment is chaotic, your inner self likely is, too. Start cutting through the noise and clutter to find out what it is that excites and drives you. Then, make room for more of those things in your life.
Create your own Miracle Morning.
Hal Elrod’s popular book by the same title helps you make the most of every morning. It encourages you to do many of the tasks that you simply don’t have time for by dividing them into small increments of time. You may not have an hour to devote to journaling, but you will have 10 minutes a day to do so if you follow the program. Use it as a guide to inspire your own miracles to happen daily.
Explore the concept of ‘chunking’.
Noting how tasks relate to one another and getting them done succinctly allows you to slay your To Do list with greater ease. By dividing tasks by the area of life that they address (health, family and relationships, finances, time, career, and spirituality), you’re able to satisfy all the areas of your life that you need to address. Self-care becomes a priority and part of your daily routine, not something you engage in when you have no other choice but to take a sick day from work.
Only agree to do things that you really want to do outside of work.
Be mindful of the commitments you make. Only say “Yes” to doing the things that you want to do. Remember that your free time is limited so it’s up to you to make the most of it. If you haven’t been able to go to the gym because outside commitments have prevented you from doing so, it could be due to your inability to say “No” to other people.
Self-care is the ultimate form of healthcare. It benefits the mind, body, and soul. It allows you to take care of your physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and social needs adequately. When you invest time, money, and attention to your well-being, miraculous things happen. The level of satisfaction you have with your life skyrockets and other people turn to you for inspiration because of the authentic way you’re living motivates them.