When your days start to blur together because you don’t seem to have a break between tasks or activities, that’s when you need to take a step back and reevaluate your schedule. Have you ever asked yourself where the days, weeks, and months went so fast? Frantic schedules that don’t allow you to relax are exactly the reason time seems to fly by so quickly. If you don’t schedule your days and are feeling like this, maybe you should. No matter how much you’d like to think you can, you can’t do it all.
Taking time for yourself is not selfish! Get that thought out of your head. Are you listening to me? If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of others? Even flight attendants tell you to put on your own emergency gear before helping the person next to you.
Make sure your schedule allows for some flexibility, but not at the expense of your “me time”. Don’t squeeze something into the time you have scheduled for yourself. This is not free time, it’s me time (you time). It is important! YOU are important! Also, plan for the unexpected. If you think something is going to take 30 minutes, schedule 45 minutes for it. If you think it will take an hour, plan for an hour and a half. If you’re done early, great! Reward yourself by taking a break. Don’t keep multiple calendars, either. You’ll be tempted to over-schedule that way. Put it all in one place.
You may be thinking, “But my job is so demanding.” Aren’t they all? When you’re on the clock, they have you for sure. That’s what they pay you for. If you’re allowed paid breaks, take them! If you’re allowed time off for lunch, take it! Don’t shackle yourself to your job. You should be able to prove your worth to your employer during your work hours. If you can’t, well, it is what it is. If you put too much of yourself into your job, you will reach burnout. That’s not good for anyone. You’re definitely going to be worth more to your employer if you take the time to relax and recharge.
Don’t be one of those who are causing higher expectations on the rest of us because you’re willing to eat in your car or eat while working just to get more work done. That’s not fair and only does a huge disservice to everyone else.
Overachievers everywhere, read The Downside to Being an Overachiever. That link is a perfect example of saving time! I chose to link to this information instead of paraphrasing it and spending more time on this post. Score one for me! 😀
In defense of overachievers, I will say that scheduling is also key in how much they do. If you schedule your time wisely, you will probably find you can achieve a lot more than you thought you could. People ask me how I do everything I do, and I don’t really think I do that much. It just sounds like it. I could be better at scheduling for sure, but not everything has to take all of my time. I can spend X amount of time on project A and XX amount of time on project B and so on and still have time to relax in between. Without some sort of scheduling, though, it can easily and quickly get way out of hand!