Why You Need to Schedule Your YOU Time

Remember when I had you re-think your to-do lists in longer-terms to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed? Now I’m going to add some more tasks for you to pile onto those already bursting to-dos.

Before you freak out, know that this will be for your own good.

Running a business can be a seven-days-a-week, 16+ hours a day job if you let it. It’s hard to shut that laptop closed and put down that beading needle when there is still so much work to be done. We feel like if we pause, even just for a moment, we’ll fall so far behind that we’ll need to figure out a way to time-travel in order to make up for lost time.

Forget destroying Hitler, send me back to last week so I can catch up on my bookkeeping.

Not surprisingly, with all of our business tasks scheduled back-to-back, we often skip our much-needed personal care.

Ask yourself: When was the last time you got your hair cut? Hit the treadmill? Read a book? Painted your nails? Made a salad? TOOK A SHOWER?

If you have to pause for even a MOMENT when answering any of these questions, it’s time to re-think how you handle your self-care habits. Taking good care of your person is just as important as getting those orders packaged and proof-reading those product descriptions. In fact, it’s even more important because everything you do is dependent on how well you are taking care of yourself. If your well-being starts to slide, it will show in your work.

To make sure you are fulfilling your personal needs, insert your self-care routines into your planner’s schedule. This will not only help you remember that these tasks are just as important as the other things on your list, but will also motivate you to complete them. No one likes to leave a task unchecked. Not after we’ve gone through all of the trouble of writing it down.

It’s one thing to tell yourself, “I’m going to start exercising 3 days a week,” and another to write down exercise for 1 hour on three days of the week in your planner. Now you HAVE to do it, and you’ll keep your much-needed task in mind when scheduling your other tasks around it.

Continue to do this for the other important, but often skipped self-care routines that you might be missing out on. By scheduling your YOU time, you’ll be giving it the priority it deserves.

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13 thoughts on “Why You Need to Schedule Your YOU Time

  1. Patty October 29, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    You are so right. I am the worst. I have to schedule exercise first thing in the am or it does not get done. Later never comes.

    • MegansBeadedDesigns October 29, 2012 at 9:21 am Reply

      Right there with you Patty. I have to schedule my exercising, or it simply won’t happen! lol

  2. Joan Dukore October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am Reply

    So true. I exercise first thing in the morning before I have time to think of anything else to do, and then I give myself a cut off time so I can relax before the boyfriend comes home.

  3. SandraR October 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Interesting blog, as my goal lately is to become more organized. I like the idea of scheduling exercise and writing it in my planner. Thanks for blogger nudge to do so. :)

  4. Vivid Please! October 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Great post! I defo need to get more on top of ‘me’ time. So easy to skip that part out when trying to run a shop and blog! New Years top to do :D

  5. Heather October 30, 2012 at 11:53 am Reply

    Great post and sooooo true! It’s easy to forget ourselves!

  6. cmmoca November 1, 2012 at 4:01 am Reply

    Reblogged this on cmmoca and commented:
    Wonderful post by megansbeadeddesigns! It will be very helpful if you read carefully :)

  7. lynnefrenchdesigns November 2, 2012 at 11:20 am Reply

    Pure truth ! This is great :}

  8. Booktup November 9, 2012 at 10:56 am Reply

    One I love the quote on the picture that you have and two If i’m with patty if i don’t have my schedule it aint gettin done.

  9. Ana@ChanelledCreations November 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful post and reminder, it is always key to nurture oneself and give the time one needs because if you don’t look after yourself, who will? And by nurturing yourself you are giving yourself the best present ever you can imagine in return. x

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