Sometimes I feel as if I am in constant motion. My body. My mouth. My mind.
Waking my children (sometimes 5 times), breakfast, morning chores, moving everyone out the door for school, going to work, returning to school for pick up, activities, homework, dinner, bathing and bedtime. And that doesn't include the unexpected. At the end of the day, if I don’t take the time for self-care, I collapse in bed only to do the same thing again the next day.
I have found that the most important time in my day is the ME time I give myself. Through a lot of trial and error I have found 3 key ways to create more time in the day.
- Rise and Shine - Are you constantly searching for more hours in the day? Good news! You can find instant hours. Any number you’d like. In the wee hours before your family wakes. Getting up before your family may sound like an impossible feat. But, I promise, you can do this too. And, once you experience the beauty of an early morning by yourself, you will wonder why it took you so long to begin. Luxuriate in a morning ritual created just for you.
- Use Your Calendar - Schedule your big rocks, the most important activities, first. You can then fill in the open spaces with other activities. Self-care is a big rock. It is more important than anything else on your schedule. You cannot give from an empty vessel... *Take 10 minutes at the end of the day to review your calendar and schedule anything that needs to be done so it doesn’t sit in your mind and keep you awake at night.
- Go to bed - As much as you would like to stay up and watch mindless tv some nights, make a commitment to yourself. Get to bed in time to give yourself 7-8 hours of sleep. Sleep is one of the best ways to fill your cup and a good night sleep will be incredibly helpful in getting up before the rest of the household does in the morning. *Create a new evening ritual. Before turning out the lights for the night, take the time to unwind, reflect on your day, read and/or write in a journal.
I bet you never knew you could Create Time! What will you do with yours? Please share with a comment below.
Fun. Flow. Freedom.
*Do you need help creating time? Start here with this complimentary series of Life By Design Daily Affirmations. These affirmations are designed with care to remind you of who you are, all that you are capable of and how much you rock. (The first affirmation is the most important.) Enjoy!