Taking Time for Yourself

In the busy world we live in it can be difficult to get time for yourself. I find that there is so much to do that I often leave myself last. Can you relate to this? In the short term this may work, but in the long term it is quite damaging. Damaging to your health, mental well being, relationships and even your productivity. I know this from personal experience. I have a packed life and I easily fall into the trap of overloading my schedule. Between work, business, army reserve, volunteer roles in scouting and studying when do I have time for family and myself? This year I have been reorganising my life and enjoying life more.

This is not something that you can fix overnight, but I am implementing a staged approach to achieve a healthier and more balanced life. This will even improve my productivity. My first step was to review all the roles in my life. Though this is an ongoing process I have decided to change some of the roles I hold and also the expectations of what I can achieve in those roles. In addition I have allocated time to myself for exercise, sleep, reading and thinking. I have found getting up early and taking a few hours for myself works best for me. This means that I am also going to bed earlier and getting more sleep. Now is this happening everyday? No….. There is still days that I do not keep to the schedule, but for the most part I have been.

Though I am only on the start of my journey to taking time for myself and taking better care of myself, I have been feeling better, more energised and even been more productive. By doing less, I have been able to do what I am doing better. I have heard for years that you need to take care of yourself and I have paid lip service to this.However it truly works. Since the beginning of the year I have lost ten kilograms, without weight loss even being my focus…. just by eating right and exercising. I am still a little overweight, but I am sure that my new regime will bring me to my healthy weight range this year, as I also increase my productivity in the areas of my life that I focus on.

  • Have you been to busy to look after yourself?
  • What is one thing that you can do to better care for yourself?
  • How can you start to do that this week?

 

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About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is passionate about life and thrives on empowering others, in particular when it comes to leadership. Attila has in excess of 17 years of experience in the private, government, not for profit and volunteer sectors. He also has formal qualifications in business, management, training and legal services. He is currently study towards his Masters of Business Administration. Attila’s sense of adventure has taken him around the world. His passion for travel includes a number of community projects in developing nations and he has conducted business on four contingents around the globe. Attila has a passion for speaking, writing, training, coaching and consulting individuals, teams and organisations to achieve greatness. Attila writes at his personal blog www.attilaovari.com, where you will find his contact details.

Posted on Monday, 07 Apr 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. This week I printed off a 10K training plan. I have been getting back into running after the winter off. I printed off a plan so I will be more consistent and purposeful with keeping up with exercise. Now to actually follow it :-)

  2. Not only should one take care of oneself, one should take care of oneself first and then take care of other people and other things. This is not being selfish, it is being practical. In the pre-flight instructions, we are told that, if it’s necessary to put on oxygen masks, a person traveling with a child should first put on his/her own oxygen mask and then put on the child’s mask.

  3. I am glad I read this, I have been feeling this quite keenly lately and it has been on my mind. Things are a bit crazy in my life currently, many of them are things beyond my control, but I found myself the other day trying to make some time – the purpose of this time was to figure out where I could have time for myself. To be honest when I do get a couple of minutes I usually grab a cup of tea and read 100pages of a book because I am too exhausted for anything else. But this isn’t working for me, the weight creeps on and my brain is all over the place trying to stay 6 steps ahead of what needs to be done. This is not a healthly thing.
    I have started making some changes, I linked them to my new years resolutions and actually posted about it yesterday as fate would have it. But I really miss meditating, that beautiful even 5 minutes where you are alone with yourself and totally at peace. I do not remember the last time I felt totally at peace, I even dream I am doing the things I need to do when I wake up – vicious cycle and I need to break it somehow.

    • It sounds like that you have a lot weighing on your mind and have reflected back on some of the things that bring you peace. This is now a process that happens overnight, but is constantly a work in process.

      I hope that now you have discovered yourself in this position of being out of control, you can now work on developing peace in your life little by little.

  4. I think we are all in the bad habit of neglecting ourselves and getting carried away with general life. I was recently thinking I need to start meditating again. I also used to start the day with a quick 5 min sun salutation and even that I think made a difference. This was a good boost & motivator. Thanks! Good luck with the upkeep too.

  5. always have problems getting enough sleep, trying to reorganize and prioritize my work, trying to cut down on times wasted on things that won’t matter me in the long run!

  6. Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    You are right! Taking time for yourself allows you to reflect on your life, and the accomplishments that you have made. People take time for themselves in different ways. I tend to write and think about the people that I have talked too, what I did with the family, and write those memories down so that I can go back to them and read about the wonderful times that we have had together. Everyone seems to do more for others than they do for themselves. Although taking time for yourself helps you in a variety of ways. As mother’s we are always worried about the children, As a wife you are worried about your significant other, and as an employee you are worried about the people that you work with. In the world that we live in you need to take time for yourself and do things that will make you happy and finally worry about yourself.

  7. Hi Attila, I was in the midst of writing a post of a very similiar nature. You answered a lot of the questions that I was going to ask my readers. Thanks…. Amazing post! I will definitely being referring folks to this post (when I finish writing mine) :-)

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