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Carving out Me Time as a busy mum

October 04, 20234 min read

“Your schedule reflects your priorities. If you cant find time for self care, you need to make time.”

Discovering the Magic of Me Time: A Guide to Prioritising Self-Care

Introduction

Let's explore the essential ways to carve out that much-needed me time for yourself. It's one thing to recognise the importance of self-care, but it's equally crucial to know how to find and incorporate it into your daily and weekly routines. Without a clear plan, life can easily derail your self-care efforts. We're here to ensure that doesn't happen. Let's dive into the strategies for discovering your magical me time.

1. Schedule It Like an Unmissable Appointment

First and foremost, treat your me time as an appointment you can't cancel or miss. Just as you wouldn't skip a doctor's or dentist's appointment, prioritise your self-care by scheduling it into your calendar. Find time slots where you can be confident that your responsibilities are covered. Don't worry about what you'll do during that time just yet. The key is to create these dedicated slots to slow down and be present in your life.

2. Prioritise and Make It Non-Negotiable

Think of yourself as the CEO of your life. You have the power to allocate your time according to your priorities. Time won't magically appear for you; you must decide how to allocate it. Prioritize your me time and activities that recharge and relax you. Remember that self-care is as vital as physical health, and you deserve it.

3. Block Out Distractions

In our bustling households, distractions are everywhere. To fully enjoy your me time, create a calm space where you can escape the chaos. It could be a cozy corner with your favorite book, a quiet moment in the car, or a peaceful spot in the garden. Block out distractions and allow yourself to be present with your thoughts.

4. Mindful Phone Use

Our phones are powerful tools, but they can also be sources of distraction. Be intentional about how you use your phone during your me time. Avoid mindless scrolling and focus on connecting with people and content that nourish you. Unfollow or mute negative influences to maintain a positive digital environment.

5. Join Like-Minded Groups

Connecting with others who share your interests can be incredibly motivating. Consider joining local groups or classes that align with your hobbies or passions. Whether it's a book club, art class, exercise group, or online community, sharing your joy with others magnifies its impact.

6. Start Small and Build Momentum

Finally, remember that change takes time. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to do everything at once. Start with small, manageable time slots for self-care. Even 10 minutes can make a difference when used mindfully. As you accumulate these small wins, you'll naturally build momentum, and self-care will become an integral part of your life.

Conclusion

Prioritising me time and self-care is essential for your well-being. It may seem challenging at first, especially if you're used to putting others first. However, by following these strategies, you can gradually create a better balance in your life. Embrace the small wins, make self-care non-negotiable, and watch as your me time becomes a magical and essential part of your routine. You deserve it. Be kind to yourself and remember that every step in the right direction is a victory.

Other resources to help you

Podcast: Me Time and How To Find It

Free PDF Guide: 5 Ways for Busy Mums To Find Me Time in the Madness of Motherhood


Time management checklist:

Here is a quick checklist to get you started with your time management. Remember imperfect action beats inaction, just get started.

1. Set Clear Goals: Define your daily objectives and prioritise them based on importance and urgency.

2. Morning Routine: Start your day with a consistent morning routine to boost your energy.

3. Task List: Create a to-do list for the day with specific tasks and deadlines.

4. Time Blocking: Allocate specific time blocks for specific things, break up the days into chunks you can manage.

5. Prioritise Tasks: Urgent vs. Important to determine task priority.

6. Delegate: Identify tasks that can be delegated to others if possible.

7. Batch Similar Tasks: Group similar tasks together to streamline and simplify.

8. Use Technology: Utilise productivity apps or tools to manage tasks and reminders.

9. Regular Breaks: Schedule short breaks to recharge and maintain focus.

10. Time Tracking: Monitor how you spend your time to identify areas for improvement.

Remember that effective time management is an ongoing process. Adjust your checklist to fit your specific needs and goals, and regularly review and refine your time management techniques to maximise your productivity and well-being.

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Amanda Forsey

Amanda Forsey - Podcaster, holistic therapist and busy mum of 4.

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