Today I’m linking up with my friend Andrea at DreAm heART sMart ArT for her blog challenge. The prompt is “deliberate.”
I want to share a topic that’s very personal to me—it’s personal time! Har har har!
What? That was funny. Fine…moving on.
Being a productive, successful person isn’t all about rushing from one task to the next (which sounds like no fun at all).
It’s important to make a deliberate decision to do something for yourself and set aside a few minutes every day for personal enjoyment and fun. You are worth it!
Personal time is just as essential as brushing your teeth and all your other daily self-care routines.
And scheduling your personal time in the morning will pep you up and put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. If possible, don’t wait until the evening to spend some time on yourself—you may be too exhausted by then!
A few ways to enjoy your personal time
- Start a new hobby
- Write in your gratitude journal
- Draw or doodle
- Read a chapter of a book
- Flip through a magazine
- Organize your photos
- Plan your next vacation
- Sit quietly and relax
There’s a reason I’m not suggesting you spend your time using electronic media. Cruising the internet, watching TV, or playing video games might be fun, but it’s so easy to get caught up in those activities and mindlessly click through gossip sites or watch endless reruns.
Watching the news can also put you in a bad mood since so many broadcasts focus on war, death, crime, or political mudslinging.
What about spending your personal time with your partner or a friend? Eh, I don’t recommend it. You can’t expect another person to be your “everything” and enjoy all the same leisure activities that you do.
Wouldn’t you rather schedule time for yourself AND separate time for your partner or friend? There’s a definite benefit to being by yourself.
You shouldn’t count exercise as personal time either. Sorry! I know I’m offending a lot of fitness trainers, but hear me out. I’m assuming you’re already getting daily exercise as part of your self-care routine, right?
Some of you might get real enjoyment out of exercising—that’s great! But do something else special for yourself too. Have your exercise and then have your personal time.
And if you hate exercising, use your personal time as a reward for surviving another workout. Just don’t spend it eating a ton of cupcakes.
Be deliberate with your personal time. Schedule it. Own it. Enjoy it!
How do you like to spend your personal time?
How many minutes a day do you spend doing something just for you?
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