I have two times in any given day that actually belong to me. 1. Before everyone else wakes up. 2. After everyone else has gone to bed. Otherwise I’m between a rock and hard place on finding time for myself and the goals I want for just me. So I wake up at 4:45 and go work out. When you’re talking about making yourself a priority in the midst of a busy life with other people depending on you, get ready to do one of three thing; get up early, stay up late, pretend you’re at work.
Most of the same people that won’t respect your personal time will act like your job is sacrosanct. Use that. Find a way to put breaks in your work day that you don’t tell anyone about, and use them to write your novel, walk around the block, plan your escape, etc. Remember that we’ve already talked about making your daily steps to that goal so small, they can thrive in the 5min space that your coworkers are using to slowly walk back and forth from the water cooler. Write one sentence. Find the staircase and run up a flight or two. You really can take your life back one tiny step at a time.
Start with the time solution that you’ll actually use. The best plan is the one you’ll use. Getting up early might be great, but if you’ll just slap your alarm around and go back to sleep, it’s a lousy plan. The mediocre plan you keep to, will get you further than a great plan you can’t stand and won’t use.
Put the time on your schedule and then you’re more likely to keep the appointment with yourself. If your day is like mine, you’ll miss a number of appointments with you. You are important enough to reschedule and be persistent. You’ll win if you keep making the appointment and show up for yourself.
- Assess your day for time you can use
- Get up early, stay up late, and/or use the 5-15min spaces in your work day
- Keep it small so you’ll motivate yourself with success
- Schedule the time if you can, and then expect that you’ll have to reschedule