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How to Set Personal Time in an Everyday Routine

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Over the last few years, we've changed the way we work. As a result, more people are looking for remote or freelance opportunities that provide them with more flexibility. However, even with a flexible job, finding personal time in your everyday routine can be difficult. Managing your time can directly impact your physical and mental health, but most people feel like they lack time to focus on themselves. If you're wondering how to include personal time in your schedule, you've come to the right place. Here are a few ways to add more personal time to your day:

Use Time Blocking

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Time blocking allows you to thoroughly plan your day by dedicating specific times to tasks. Of course, to do this, you must determine what tasks you need to accomplish every day and how long they'll take. You can start by listing all your tasks and estimating how long they'll take. Then, open your favorite calendar app and block each task's time. If a task takes longer, don't keep working on it. Instead, move on to the next one whenever possible to prevent you from delaying your personal time.

When you add personal time to your time-blocked calendar depends on your responsibilities, so you might have to block your professional tasks first to visualize the best time for yourself. If your day doesn't appear to allow personal time, consider removing a task and adding it to the next day.

We understand that many people have work responsibilities and deadlines. However, by blocking your time efficiently and prioritizing tasks, you can reduce the time it takes to get things done, and the faster you work, the more personal time you can have.

Of course, when time is blocked, you may have several personal tasks you want to complete. For example, you might have an appointment with your weight loss coach during the day and still want personal time later at night. You can determine the most appropriate time for both activities by effectively blocking your time.

Identify Productive Time

Everyone is different; some people are more productive at 8 in the morning, while others get a boost of energy around 6 pm. Whatever the case, you should identify your most productive time and complete all your most difficult tasks. By ensuring your productive times align with your most difficult tasks, you can save time by getting things done instead of staring at your task lists.

Consider scheduling during the times you're most productive. For example, if you're not a morning person, you can use the early morning hours after you first wake up to focus on your me-time.

Don't Compromise Your Time

If you've scheduled some personal time in your day, don't compromise if someone asks you to do something. Your friends and family may think you're always available, so it's up to you to make them realize you're not. If you take an hour a day for personal time, whether watching your favorite show before bed or doing chores around the house, your friends and family will understand. After all, they're busy, too.

Learning to tell people you can't hang out, go to dinner, or spend time with them at a particular time won't ruin your friendships. Instead, get more comfortable turning things down in favor of something you want to do. Of course, you can't turn down every request. For example, if your boss needs you to stay late and you've left early throughout the week, you might need to sacrifice your personal time.

Set Work Boundaries

Having good work boundaries can prevent you from working well into your scheduled personal time while preventing burnout. Your job is important to you, but you're just as important to them. Setting realistic boundaries means agreeing to a work schedule and sticking with it. Of course, some jobs require you to be on call or work long past your scheduled hours. However, it's time to talk to your boss if you don't work one of these jobs and are constantly staying late.

Having boundaries, including not staying late, reading emails on weekends, or answering calls after hours, will allow you to achieve a healthy work-life balance necessary to get some time alone. If you're worried your boss won't understand, schedule some time to express your needs and tell them why your personal time is vital to your work-life balance and what it means for your work.

Ignore Other Things

Having personal time in your everyday routine is essential to your physical and mental health, even if you're doing nothing but napping on your mattress. Avoiding interruptions means letting calls go to voicemail, not checking emails and texts, and avoiding any work responsibilities you might have while at home. Unfortunately, these distractions can prevent you from getting the quality me-time you need, especially if you're worried about all the work you must do before the next day.

Of course, if you've properly scheduled your day, you shouldn't have too many distractions. However, distractions and interruptions might be unavoidable for some. For example, parents with young children can't leave them alone. Meanwhile, your pet can walk in the room and want to go outside. Whatever the case, you can't always expect your personal time to be alone, but you can find ways to make your personal time more enjoyable.

Do Nothing

Many people think personal time means doing something for their health, such as exercising or meditating. However, your personal time can consist of absolutely nothing and still be meaningful and beneficial for your overall health. When considering what to do with your personal time, you should realize that doing nothing is always an option; You don't have to plan a spa or shopping day. Instead, spending quality time with yourself and relaxing while getting away from work can be enough to reinvigorate yourself.

Setting Personal Time

The best way to ensure you have enough personal time throughout the day is to list your responsibilities the night before. Knowing everything you must accomplish can help you better block time in your day while helping you remain productive at work. In addition, the more you accomplish throughout the day, the less you'll have to do at night, giving you more freedom over your personal time.

Megan Isola

Megan Isola

Megan Isola holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and a minor in Business Marketing from Cal State University Chico. She enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with friends.

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