I am fortunate to be retired, so I can plan out my schedule as I like. Usually I spend most of my days writing or working on the business side of writing, with a few hours of yoga, walking, and volunteer or paid work on the side. Lately, it seems like most of my time is sucked up by volunteer or other commitments.
Things came to a head when I realized yesterday that I had no idea what I was going to post in today’s blog. Usually, I let ideas bounce around in my head, and by Wednesday I have a topic. Then, late Wednesday and during the day Thursday I write the blog and schedule it to post Friday morning. This week, I looked at the calendar and thought, Oh, it’s Thursday already?! I had no clue what I was going to write, because I’d been too busy to think about it. Then I didn’t have time to finish and post it until this morning.
Now I know this is a relatively minor problem to have, and I have control over my time. But I have to exercise that control, and say no to things that pull me off track. I need time to write, brainstorm, daydream, preferably alone. Like many women, I have to carve out “me time” consciously, or it doesn’t happen. As a writer, it’s even more important for me to let the creative well fill by giving myself time.
So, I said no to an invitation and promised myself that the two days without anything on the calendar next week will stay that way. I’ll give myself time.
If you’re feeling a little stressed or too busy, I hereby give you permission to do the same thing. Take back your time. Use your energy where it’s needed, for yourself. As the old saying goes, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. Give yourself time.