My main resolution for 2016 was to get more “Me” time. So far, I’ve been doing a pretty good job, especially with the one thing that makes me the happiest… reading. I have managed to stay on track with my reading challenge to read 2 (or more) books per month. When I talk about it on the blog (and in real life) the most common response I get is, “How do you find time to read?” The answer is simple. I don’t find time… I make it.
You see, if I waited around to read until I had a ‘free’ moment, I would never get to it. There is ALWAYS something to do. Let’s be real. So how do you get everything done? For me, I write a to-do list. I love a good list. I have monthly, weekly and daily lists. For the longest time, I would write down everything I needed to get done for that day, and if there was any time leftover, I would enjoy some “Me” time. But that rarely happened. I would always think of one extra thing I could finish, maybe it would give me more time tomorrow? It’s a slippery slope. This year I made a simple change that has made a huge difference. I include myself in the to-do list. Me time is no longer a bonus, it’s on the schedule. (and I never like to leave a to-do list item unchecked)
At least 3 nights a week, I set the alarm on my phone to remind me to get to bed early so I can read. And it makes me SO HAPPY. I also make a point to schedule some quality “Me” time in a few times a month. I’ve been seeing my friends more, enjoyed some date nights with my sweet hubby and my nails look nice for the first time in years. All because I have decided that “Me” time is non-negotiable. There you go. My secret to getting more “Me” time is to schedule it.
Now after years of focusing on your career, your husband, your children… you may not exactly remember how you want to spend your “Me” time. As we grow up, it is easy to forget what brings us personal joy, beyond family and friends. I recently read a book that helped me put things in perspective. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity was written by a fellow blogger and friend, Bev Feldman. She is a work-at-home mom who manages to blog, create her own line of jewelry and write a book… all while caring for her family.
The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity is a quick, fun read. It is full of activities and worksheets to help you find exactly what makes your happy… and how you can make time to actually do these things.
Here’s part of the summary from Amazon:
As a mom, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated and like you have no time for yourself. There are mouths to feed, seven loads of laundry piled up next to your washing machine waiting to be folded, and little people to usher around. With a mile-long to-do list and expenses up the wazoo, it’s all too easy to forsake the things that make you happy.
What if you could find ways to take care of yourself and make time for those creative activities that fulfill you and bring you immense joy? What if not only can you make time for your creative interests, but doing things that make you happy also make you an awesome mom? (Not that you aren’t already!)
I really enjoyed this book and I think lots of busy moms could benefit from it. The best part? Right now, you can snag the Kindle edition for only 99 cents! So grab Bev’s new book and schedule yourself some “Me” time.