Self – Care Means Making The Most Of Your Time

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Last night I watched the fireworks went to bed, woke up and it was September. Has the year felt this way to you too? I have lost count how many times I have heard people commenting about how quickly the time is flying. That simple statement inspired me to ask myself,  How are you spending your time?

 

Time is not a renewable resource. In fact, it is your most precious commodity. Whatever you dedicate your time to creates the story of your life. What kind of story are you writing?    IMG_5397
Now I am by no means a time management expert. I am just a semi-organized mother who does her best to make each day less chaotic.

Your time is priceless

We all have countless obligations; work, relationships, family not to mention trying to maintain a social life. Fulfilling these obligations can sometimes leave us drained. How do we avoid being pulled in so many directions?

Take time for yourself.

You can not be everything to everyone. We simply were not built this way. Find an activity that brings you joy and peace and do it every day. The time you spend nurturing your spirit is non-negotiable. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and eating well. Life is all about trying to maintain a balance. Too much of anything is never a good thing. Unless of course, it’s chocolate or wine :))

 

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Learn to say No.

No is such a simple word but sometimes it’ seems to leave our vocabulary especially when we try to please our loved ones. Realise that not everything or everyone you entertain will enrich the soil of your life. Before you say yes to anyone or anything ask yourself :
How will this improve my life?              
Will this help me achieve my goals?
Does this individual have my best interests at heart or are they self-serving and along for the ride?

 

I can not stress this enough. Your energy is a commodity that should be cherished. Nothing wears you down quicker than wasting your time with pointless situations and cynical individuals. This is why we should also evaluate our relationships. Sometimes we keep people around way past their expiration date. We would not eat 10-day old food so why do we tolerate stale relationships? 

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Create a solid routine

How you spend the majority of your time can make or break you. It is important to prioritize. In order to effectively manage your time i:e make time for the things that your love or want you must determine what your top priorities are. Consider how you spend the majority of your day and make adjustments in accordance with your priorities.

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Now it is impossible to plan every aspect of your day. Just ensure that you start each day on a positive note. It will lay the foundation for your day. I love listening to or reading something positive in the morning. It is hard to shake what is rooted in your subconscious. Something about a positive beginning makes you feel like you can vanquish negativity. 

Ditch the complaining

Oh, how we seem to love to bitch about our problems. We are all guilty of it. Guess what? Complaining changes absolutely nothing. When we complain we only attract more things to complain about. Focus on what you are grateful for. If you want to make a real change in your life, you have to act. Make the time you have count spend it searching for solutions not magnifying your problems. No one wants to spend time with someone who constantly goes on and on about their problems. 

Stop Procrastinating.

How many times have you said Nah, I will do that tomorrow and tomorrow becomes never. Both hands in the air I am guilty as charged. I have gotten better at not putting things off. I must confess though I used to write my best papers under pressure. Sometimes doing things at the last-minute can spark some awesome creative ideas. Other times it can leave us feeling overwhelmed and even lead to anxiety attacks. It really all comes down to motivation. I wish there was a secret pill to combat procrastination. I have found, however it usually creeps in when I have to do things I do not really want to do. Like going to a job I hate. Sometimes in life, you just have to suck it up and get it.

I think the best way to make the most of your time is to live in the here and now. When you wake up; decide how you are going to tackle that particular day. Make lists if you have to. Work on your goals progressively. Be organized, stay focused but most importantly,  make time for fun. Life is nothing without making time for all the stuff that brings us joy. The ultimate way to maximise the time you are given is to live a life that suits you.

Have a Wonderful Sunday Everyone. Love and Blessings .. Tachi  

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91 thoughts on “Self – Care Means Making The Most Of Your Time

  1. Yes to the Chocolate. Dark Chocolate. I try not to whine or complain. For the most part I follow my parents adage, “Don’t put your business out in the street.” So I tend to bottle up my feelings doing my best to remain stoic. I don’t want to be seen as a weakling. I often ignore situations until they get to a crisis point. That’s how I wound up losing vision in my Left eye. I was having a stroke at work and did not tell anyone until the pain became too much to bear. It’s a hard habit to break. In America Black Women are expected to be strong and silent.

  2. Great post, and those tips are so practical!! Procrastinating is my problem, sadly! And I loved how you said to stop complaining!! we need to be more grateful for what we have and what makes us happy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this! It took me a long time to learn to say no. I used to take on way too much which meant that I struggled to get it all done (and to my high standards). I’m a bit of a complainer – that’s definately something I need to work on. It doesn’t accomplish anything.

    • I am like you in terms of taking on too much then you really don’t get anything done . Complaining is definitely a waste of energy it took me years to get that . I still do it who doesn’t but like you I want to curb that by focusing on the good side of the situation and changing my focus especially if it is something I can’t change . Thanks for commenting 🙂

    • This year has started off pretty rough for me but I started this week taking five and ten minute breaks . Try to take care of yourself better next month . Well from tomorrow lol 💜

  4. I always support self care yet still I am finding time for me. This year I made my mind to focus a lot on my self care. This post is very helpful. Great motivational tips.

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    • Thanks for the tips . I was wondering if it was too hard to read . I am glad you provided helpful feedback . I am going to change it now maybe to black . I am all for constructive criticism . Thank You and thanks for commenting as well . Sometimes we do forget to take care of ourselves . I am defintely focusing on this also . It has been a rough few months for me .

  5. Saying no. So important and yet so difficult. When I say no, to give myself the chance to do something I want, or have some space, I always feel a nagging unease that I’m being selfish. Working through it through!

    • Oh please do work on it . I was the same way but doing something for yourself I think is much more important unless of course it is a life or death situation .

  6. Another beautiful and resonate post. I totally agree with your sentiment about time. It is Truth – gosh, my parents were right! =) . I’ve always been taught that time IS NOT a renewal resource, and here you are, reflecting my own understanding. Making the most of our precious time to take care of ourselves is honoring our presence here on Earth – and also, giving our best to others because we will serve from the overflow. Thank you for your inspiration, as always. Hugs, 💕 Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com 🦋

  7. Deola says:

    Great reminder. Sometimes we forget to do the simple things that end up having a great effect. Thanks for sharing

  8. LOVE this post – This is exactly what I needed as I have been feeling in such a funk lately. Just the simple action of waking up and actively deciding on your to do list for the day… I can imagine it makes a huge difference. Thank you!

    • Glad my words could improve your mood . I hope you come out of your funk even happier than you were before . Thanks so much for commenting .

  9. I love the sentiment of this blog post. I can’t remember the last time I was able to give myself some self-care time and I definitely don’t schedule it in. It really is so important for overall wellbeing, especially as we’re all so busy these days. Thanks for the reminder x

    • We are all so busy and yes life gets in the way but don’t get so overwhelmed that you forget to take care of yourself . Thanks for commenting .

  10. That last list of the value of time is really eye opening and makes you really feel the value of time. I’ve been learning t practice more self care lately. and I need to remember how valuable my time is. Great post

  11. This is such a wonderful post. Many of us forget to care for ourselves because of several reasons however it is so important to prioritize yourself. I struggled with saying no especially to family, but am learning slowly that it is okay to say no and not feel guilty about it.
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    • You are so right in that statement . Saying yes to everything is quite exhausting and in some cases you start to lose yourself . Thanks for commenting .

  12. Dani says:

    It’s sometimes hard to stay on track but I try to do this everyday. This post was a great reminder to always be mindful and thoughtful

    • It sure is . I am kind of lazy though lol but I try to exercise at least four times a week . I walk everyday . Thanks for commenting .

  13. Love love looove this post! I agree so much that we need to make ourselves a priority! We also need to not be afraid that people might see it as “Selfish” when it isn’t AT ALL. When we’re able to take care of ourselves, we’re able to take care of others. Great post!
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    • Thanks so much for such heart – warming comments 🙂 Everytime i want to give up people like you give me the encouragement to keep going 🙂

  14. Great tips! I’m making the most of my time by not taking work home on weeknights if at all possible. As a teacher, I tend to do it much too often. This way, my evenings are reserved for my family and me.

  15. I would love to move through my procrastination phases quicker! I have to make daily to-do lists for myself to keep on task, or I will spend too much time chasing butterflies, but lists keep me super focused because I get a lot of satisfaction from crossing things off it.

  16. Oh my goodness you raise so many great points here. It’s the thing we all have, which costs nothing and can make our lives so much better or worse depending on how we use it. Thank you for the reminder.

  17. I definitely need to learn to say no and take time for myself. I appreciate you sharing these great reminders, even though we know what we should do most of the time, I think sometimes we need someone to tell us to just stop and practice self-care.

  18. You post is inspirational as always. I love the quote by Steve Jobs, I have recently gotten better at saying no, to the things I do, that I believe are unappreciated, which has truly afforded me more time for things that feed my soul. It is true that time waits for no one. So why spend you precious time on people that never appreciate the gift that you are truly giving them, and only continue to demand more, more, more, because it will never be enough.

  19. Since I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and moderate depression I take self care very very seriously. I try to take time to check in with myself and have no problem saying no to others when I need to take care of me

    • I am the same that is why I wrote it lol . Managing your time is sometimes so difficult especially when you have a lot to do . Thanks for commenting. I hope you get better at it.

  20. Saying no is definitely a challenging thing to do. I feel like it’s awesome if you’re good at it. I should probably learn to say no more!

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