Make More Time For Yourself
If you’re one of those people who will drop everything to take on a new project for your boss or a friend, but you wouldn’t dream of taking five for yourself, you’re probably long overdue for saying enough is enough. The problem is that it’s all too easy to say “yes” to everyone else and “no” to yourself. There is a way to balance it all and eke out some moments for me time.

Think you can’t make it happen? Think again! With a little planning and the willingness to draw a line in the sand it’s possible to make more time for yourself. Even if you have a hectic job, a busy household and other obligations that seem nonstop, it is possible to work in a breather now and again.

These tips can help you carve out a little bit of your life for yourself:

Break up your vacations – Unless you’re dead set on taking two weeks off in a row every year, considering breaking up some of your vacation days throughout the year. Take one solid week whenever and five Mondays or Fridays whenever you feel the need to unwind and recharge. Chances are your boss will love this idea because it’s a whole lot easier to schedule a day away than two weeks any way.

Go to bed a little later or wake up earlier – Adjust your sleep schedule a bit to gain some time at night or in the morning all to yourself. If you have kids, stay up after they turn in or wake up before they do. Use the time to do something you enjoy – reading, watching television, meditating, relaxing, exercising or even stargazing.

Use your commute to your advantage
– Check out books on tape at your local library and get in that “reading” you keep promising yourself you’ll do. This can help you “regain” a lot of time spent in the car for pursuits you enjoy. If it’s feasible, regain your commute time completely by carpooling or taking a bus or train.

Learn time management – Make a point of scheduling your time inasmuch as you can. Make sure you put down some blocks of time for doing what you love. Whether it’s a 20-minute bath, a walk in the park or time with the kids, just make it a priority in your life, too.

Master the art of saying “no” – You are one person and you can only do so much. This is perfectly okay. Make sure you learn to say no to projects or obligations when you have to. While this might not always be the best idea at work, it’s acceptable to decline social obligations when they start piling up. At work, use your best judgment.

Creating time for everything and everyone else is easy; finding time for yourself is not. If you want to keep your sanity, you’ll learn that it’s okay to say no once in a while and give yourself a little “me time.”