Find Time For Yourself: Work Better, Be Happier

Do you live a crazy life? Are you so busy you feel like your days are flying by really, really fast? It's important to find time for yourself even in the midst of life and all your responsibilities. I bet you're even busy right know! How 'bout you click this post, cozy up in a blanket with a nice cup of tea and learn to find time for yourself!

Do you live a crazy life? Are you so busy you feel like your days are flying by really, really fast? It’s important to find time for yourself even in the midst of life and all your responsibilities. I bet you’re reading this post really fast ’cause you have to be somewhere in 10 minutes or you have something to do that you’ve been putting off. Instead, have a nice cup of coffee, cozy up in a warm blanket on the couch and take a moment for yourself. Relax.

Being in my first year in law school and living on my own, I get ya! I sometimes feel so overwhelmed I just want to curl in a corner and stay there for as long as needed. But we can’t right? We have goals to accomplish, dreams to pursue, things we need to get done! Yet, it’s so important to take care of ourselves and to not neglige our well-being.

That’s what we’re going to try to patch up today: our relationship with yourself. How to manage our physical and emotional health in order to be more productive, more concentrated and DO MORE without it consuming us. In a few words, how to be a #girlboss.

Do you live a crazy life? Are you so busy you feel like your days are flying by really, really fast? It's important to find time for yourself even in the midst of life and all your responsibilities. I bet you're even busy right know! How 'bout you click this post, cozy up in a blanket with a nice cup of tea and learn to find time for yourself!

So here are a few tips on how to find time for yourself without compromising your work outcome or your productivity. They’re not miracles or magical solutions or anything. You actually have to do the work and change your habits, change how you life your life – just one step at a time – if you want to avoid burning out in the long run. So let’s get to it!

Wake up earlier

Pretty basic right? You’re probably thinking “this isn’t anything new…” Or “been there, done that, didn’t work”. No it’s not new. It’s not revolutionary. But it works. Whether it is 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, whatever YOU need, take it! Take this time to do something for you. Something you like. Meditate, read a book, have a nice breakfast, journal, go for a walk… Choose an activity that will put a smile on your face and make you feel good about the upcoming day.

Don’t FORCE yourself to wake up earlier, that won’t work. See it as an opportunity to brighten your day. To do something nice for YOU; something no one else requires you to do. The outcome of this is that you will feel more productive and more inclined to do actual work afterwards.

P.S. It’s still important to have between 6-8 hours of sleep per night (depends on the person, some need more, some need less). So respect your body!

Stop multitasking

Just stop. Please. Stop it. Multitasking is an incredible waste of your time. By the way, I am a multitasker at heart; I’m pretty sure it’s in my genes. I have to fight it really hard because I KNOW for a fact that this is a productivity killer and takes away my me-time in the end! You will get oh-so-more productive if you just do things one at a time. Now I don’t mean you can’t check your e-mails or read a blog post while the dinner’s cooking. What this implies is being focused on one and ONLY one task at a time.

Here’s a method that works really well and that I actually use when fighting my multitasking urges.

  • Turn off notifications on your phone and your computer. Close all social media, even install a website blocker if you need to.
  • Pick a task from your list you need or want to get done.
  • Do it. Don’t stop until you’re finished. Star it and get it done. If it’s a really long task, you can break it down into points or use the pomodoro technique to allow yourself breaks.
  • Keep a little notepad or notebook near your work station to write anything that goes through your mind but it not related to your current task. Make dinner, e-mail professor, take your dog for a walk… Write It ALL down! Once you’ve taken note of it, you won’t worry about forgetting it and your mind will clear, allowing you to continue the task on hand.

I promise if you try this, you will notice such a BIG boost in your productivity and you’ll feel like NO task can challenge you anymore, no matter how big! You’ll be like “why didn’t I think/try this before??” Yeah. I’ve been there. I think this is kind of a life-changer. When it becomes a habit, you will be literally unstoppable. Go girl!

 

Related: Planning Your Week In General To Balance Your Life

 

Drink water and eat

Okay sometimes I’m so busy/overwhelmed I forget to eat. Literally. How is this even possible? Forget to eat? What? Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s happened to you too. I know a lot of us feel like eating is a waste of time that could be spent doing SO MANY other things. That’s why we have even integrated multitasking in our eating time… Read the newspaper, check e-mails, plan for the afternoon, remember this, think of that, it goes on forever. I mean can we take a break?

Just eat. Enjoy your food. Take these 15 or 30 minutes to clear your mind and prepare for what’s ahead. Focus on yourself just for a little moment and when you’re done, going back to work/shredding your to-do list won’t feel like such a daunting task.

On water: drinking water is really important. I don’t want to spend an eternity talking about this here, but this is a really overlooked thing. Drinking water WILL allow you to be focused for a longer amount of time. You don’t feel the need to drink until you actually start to be dehydrated. It’s already too late by that time. You need to keep a bottle or glass of water by you work station at all times and take regular sips. Dehydration will make you feel tired, slow and unproductive. That’s definitely NOT what we’re looking for, right? So trust me on this, coming from the person who has the most difficulty remembering to drink water (yeah I’ve tried tracking, apps, reminders… no success). The only solution, if this isn’t already a habit of yours, is to ALWAYS have water and to take regular sips.

Schedule it in

When you start to feel overwhelmed, stressed out and on the verge of losing it, put your me time in your calendar or planner. Weekend at the spa, read a book, watch Netflix for the afternoon, take a nap; no matter what will make you happy, give it to yourself. Today, tomorrow, next week. Putting it in your calendar will prevent you to feel guilty for actually doing it. If you plan your week around these moments you’ve set apart, it won’t seem like such a big deal. Personally, it also limits my unplanned Netflix binge-watching, so hooray for that too!

Create your morning & evening routines

I have to admit, I’m struggling with this one. I’ve been meaning to really establish my routines for a few weeks now but have not gotten to it yet. This is important because routines SAVE TIME! And we love saving time, right?

Evenings are for planning ahead, preparing lunches, snacks & outfits. Also decluttering a little bit so you don’t feel as overwhelmed in the morning.  Don’t forget evenings are very prone to personal time too! Find time for yourself by taking 15-30 minutes before bed to do a relaxing activity: writing, reading, meditation, listening to music, etc. Try to clear your mind of all worries & to-dos; this will make your sleep much better!

Mornings I’ve already talked about earlier so lets just say that having a repetitive routine (hey that sounds like me-time, am I right?) will make your mornings much easier. You won’t dread waking up so much because you’ll have a very clear idea of what you have to do. Start your day on the right foot and the rest will be a breezy (or we can at least try). The only thing is to make sure that your routine is about YOU and what you like to do. But hey we’ll talk more about that in another post.


 

Related: Plan Out Your Semester (Free Printable!)

 

What are your methods? How do you find time for yourself? What do you have to work on to be happier? (For me, you’ve guessed it, it’s routines!)

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30 Discussion to this post

  1. love all of this! waking up earlier is seriously the best, I have been waking up at 6 a.m. and it is amazing! I get SO much done! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

  2. amy says:

    I am trying to work on setting a routine now that spring semester has started. I don’t know why, but I have been struggling to find a good routine to stick to this year! I def need to make more me time. Thank you so much for sharing your tips!

    xoxo
    Amy

    • TheStudyholic says:

      Ehh I have the same problem, it’s so hard :S Hopefully I can get to it and share some tips! Be on the lookout 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Marly says:

    Great tips! I definitely need to use these tips and become more efficient with my time.
    Marly
    http://www.GirlyLove.org

  4. Jenny says:

    These are all so essential to one’s well being.
    Sometimes I forget to take care of myself because I get so wrapped up in being busy and that’s no good.

    xoxo, Jenny

  5. Elana says:

    YES! I agree with every single point. Getting enough sleep definitely helps too.

    • TheStudyholic says:

      Yes enough sleep is so important but sometimes it’s hard to draw the line between sleep & productivity :/ Thanks Elana 🙂

  6. Audrey says:

    love all of these, especially the schedule it in and wake up early.

    I’ve started applying a lot of these into my schedule since starting back at school and I feel much happier!

    Audrey Stowe

  7. Nicole says:

    You have genius tips…I really just need to get up a bit earlier. haha such a daily struggle!!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

    • TheStudyholic says:

      Totally, Nicole! Even if we know waking up early is important to get our day going, it’s never an easy thing to do. Keep persevering!

  8. Lauren says:

    I recently tried waking up early every day of the week and thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt more relaxed before beginning my day of classes, meetings and work. Unfortunately, finals came up and I needed more sleep, but I’d love to get back into it! I also love taking baths. It’s one of my favorite ways of de-stressing. This is a really great list!

    • TheStudyholic says:

      Thanks Lauren! Yes waking up early is like the BEST feeling. Sometimes we can’t do it though and that’s fine, we shouldn’t blame ourselves for needing more sleep during certain periods. Oh my god why didn’t I think of baths? I actually have to try this, I haven’t had a bath since I moved. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  9. Ashley says:

    These are great tips for finding time for yourself! I definitely need to apply some of these to my own life!

    xo Ashley

  10. All of these are so true! I can’t function without sleep and I would much rather get up early than stay up too late.

  11. Amanda says:

    This post is just what I needed. I just started classes yesterday and I am already stressing out about them. I am definitely going to come back to these.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  12. Morgan says:

    Lately I have been intentionally trying to not multitask. Setting aside separate times to do certain things has really helped my mind be more at ease!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • TheStudyholic says:

      Yes! This is something we don’t think about often but is really important. I’m glad you think so too, Morgan 🙂

  13. Tina Abt says:

    Loved this article! These are all such simple fixes that I feel many of us forget sometimes! I know that’s how I am! Currently working on shutting the phone off and not looking at it so much! Great read 🙂

  14. I don’t know what I would do without sticky notes! I keep a stack on my desk and whenever I’m working on something and think of something else I should do, I write it on there so that I can stay focused on what I’m doing.

    My new year’s resolution was to drink more water, and I’ve found that if I use a 16 or 24 oz tumbler and take it everywhere with me, it definitely helps.

    I found this post to be super helpful!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  15. Savannah says:

    Waking up earlier is SO hard for me to do 🙁 but I know its necessary to be more productive!

    http://thealwaysblog.com

  16. Caitlyn says:

    You sound just like my best friend in Law School! She’s in her third year and crazy busy. I like to journal and do yoga to make myself slow down a little bit sometimes.

    It’s tough when there is so much information coming in from all angles.

    Your blog is very lovely 🙂 In this post, I talk about how I try to be more effective, as well:
    http://www.catonthemoon.xyz/blog//simple-changes-for-a-more-effective-2016

    xo, Caitlyn

  17. Nicole says:

    Great tips! Super important for your time at law school and once you start practice because life only gets busier once you’re working. If you have a sec you should check out my blog I’m a lawyer and write a fair bit about legal practice particularly for students considering law school and figuring out where to go next. Good luck with your studies!
    Nicole recently posted…Healthy pesto pasta with roast tomatoesMy Profile

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