How to prioritize time for yourself

It’s easy to get caught up in what we do for others.  Most of us spend the majority of our time doing things for other people - we work for others, we do favors for others, and put the needs of others before our own.  And a lot of the time, there’s nothing wrong with that - many of us are taught from a young age that we should put others first.  So with that said, why is it so important to take time once in a while to focus on yourself?

  • It helps you to be more productive.  If you set aside time to do something you love, think about how productive you’d be during work or at school.  If you have something to look forward to, it helps to improve your outlook on everything else around you.  
  • It prevents burn out.  Solely focusing on the daily responsibilities we have that must be done can be exhausting.  There’s no shame in taking a little time to re-charge for your own well being.   Doing this will renew your energy and outlook.  
  • It allows for a creative outlet.  The interests we develop and the things we love are what makes us unique.  It’s who we are.  Not allowing yourself time for those things could easily make life boring.  How will you ever grow into the person you were meant to be if you don’t allow yourself the time to explore what that means?  Don’t stifle your development by not allowing yourself the time for the journey.