Like most of us, I am a busy gal. I go to school full time, run this blog, deal with mental health issues, and even attempt to have a social life. I would get so overwhelmed by all of the things I was responsible for doing that it made it hard for me to function properly. With everything I have on my plate I realized that it is important to manage my time wisely, which is something I did not worry about in the past. I would try to complete everything with little to no regard for my self-care and it was taking a toll on my health. When I began to experience anxiety attacks and my depression worsened, I knew that I had to make a change and one of those major changes was to my time management. I would run myself ragged trying to appease everyone while still making sure I fulfilled all the other things I had going on in my life and I could not go on like that any longer, so I made a change.
First, I reclaimed my time. I began to get more disciplined and stricter about how I would spend the most important moments of my day. I began to start my days at 4:30AM, I would wake up, make my bed, brush my teeth and wash my face, watch or listen to something positive (as long as my phone was not involved), then I would begin the tasks I had planned for the day. Waking up at 4:30AM gave me the peace I needed to start my day. Everyone was still sleeping so that meant no phone calls, no family members to chat with in the morning, NOTHING but me, myself, and I and it felt great.
I also learned how to say no. All my life it has been extremely difficult for me to say no and the people around me knew this so they began to take advantage of my time and I would allow them to do so. Not anymore, once a day for a few hours I put my phone on DND and just focus on me for a 2-3 hours, I don’t respond to messages, look at social media, or check my phone. By doing this I am able to nap if I need too, write, complete homework, and overall get everything I need to get done.
It is important for me to put myself first and everything else secondary. I saw that once I did that, I had enough time to accomplish all of my tasks for the day. The most important key to maximizing your time is reclaiming it as your time. I think sometimes I got so caught up in the everyday happenings of life that I forget that every hour in each day belongs to me, it is my responsibility to manage it the way I need to. My time does not belong to anyone but me and once I realized that I was able to truly make the most out of each day.