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how to create more “me-time”

August 14, 2017 • By

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Happy Monday! This weekend was a rare one in that I hardly had anything planned to do. On Saturday, it rained so we just watched movies and lounge around the house. Heaven! I have some busy weeks ahead of me, so it was great to be able to take a beat and relax.

When you’re busy, me-time (or just general “not working” time) is so easily overlooked as time that can be sacrificed. For me, I find it hard sometimes to schedule in a social life. With two jobs and this blog, my schedule fills up quickly! And truthfully, I prefer to stay busy because I am way more productive when there is a lot to do. I know I am not alone in procrastinating when I have time to get a project done. But my me-time and my social life are definitely what takes a hit when I am busy.

If I don’t actively schedule time for myself, I get burnt out and lose my creativity. Plus, I turn into an overall grump. Not good for me OR the people around me. Though it takes some finessing to juggle all my short term deadlines and projects, I have a few time management tips that have helped keep me on track in my professional life and blogosphere which allows me to create more time for myself.

LISTS

I wouldn’t get a damn thing done if it weren’t for lists. My life is basically structured by to-do lists. They’re quick to jot down, easy to reprioritize and that feeling when you cross something off the list, there’s nothing like it.

NOTEBOOKS

Keeping separate notebooks for everything helps keep everything organized. I have one for my full-time job, one of for my side job and one for the blog. My to-do lists go within each of those (as well as an additional general life to-do list). This is also where I keep any project notes that I need to keep in order. Having separate notebooks helps me keep everything straight and cuts down on trying to find the information I know I wrote down. When I need something, I know where to find it. 

FLEXIBILITY

A lot of people swear by planners. I’ve never been a planner or scheduler type person, it’s just not a flexible option for my lifestyle. My creative juices and motivation, unfortunately, are not always “on call” so I go with what I’m feeling instead of planning out my week. I find it much easier to pick a few things off my to-do list each day to tackle and do the small tasks as they come in.

I know these tips are nothing crazy, but they help! With all the projects I juggle day-to-day, they help me stay organized and more importantly stay sane. I hate saying no to all the fun social things I want to do or to take time for myself, and getting sh*t done is definitely the key to saying YES! Do you have any productivity tips that create more me-time? Let me know in the comments!

-Madison