You push yourself to give your best to your work even when it means skipping out on your exercise time to take care of an urgent issue. You extend (and often overextend) yourself to care for your family; you put aside reading that book you’ve been eyeing to help your daughter with her school project. You say yes and volunteer for worthy, impactful activities within your community and often miss out on your down time at night to finish up a project you took on to help out your church ministry. And at the end of the week, you find yourself “done”.
Can you relate to this? Do any of these sound like they came straight from your life last week? While I think of myself as a guru at time management, I often find that I have sacrificed time for myself in order to get everything else done. Even though the majority of those to-do’s are ones that I have a keen interest in completing, I still need to carve out time for myself.
Over these last 10 days I have made some small changes to correct for this. No, I did not find some magic answer for creating more time within one day. I did, however, look for pockets of down time that I have either wasted or used for low-priority activities and capitalized on that time for me. I heard someone say that we need to re-create our energy. Taking a walk, especially in a place where there is natural landscape, gives me physical energy and allows my brain time to refuel on creativity. I have also picked up a few books to read simply for the pleasure of reading, not for learning. Both of these self-care activities have been a welcomed changed to my normal routine, and I plan to keep them in my schedule.
Self-care replenishes, refreshes, and revitalizes us. Spending just a few minutes a day on yourself allows you to serve others and live out your mission in life. So, while you are working to further your career, make time to pour back into yourself. It will pay off in more ways than you can imagine.
Lesley provides individualized coaching to professional moms who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers. She helps working mothers uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world. Lesley has helped professional moms from many different fields, including IT, healthcare, and education. Access Lesley’s free self-assessment to determine how well you recognize and use your God-given gifts!