I used to operate under the mindset of “I’ll get to it when I have time” or vaguely promise myself that I’d tackle my life maintenance “sometime this weekend”—until it dawned on me that I will never have that time unless I make it.
If you feel like basic things are starting to slide off your schedule, try this: Sit down and make a list of things that need to get done every day, every week, and every month and about how much time they take. This can be anything from activities you need for basic living—an hour a week for personal administrative tasks (buying plane tickets, paying bills), 15 minutes every day for tidying up—to personal non-negotiables like an hour twice a week to cook or a couple hours of “you” time every week.
Then, put blocks of time on your calendar for all these things for the next three months. It may sound super militant to schedule your life like that, but the times you schedule now don’t actually have to be set in stone. As events come up that conflict with your personal tasks, feel free to move them around—just make sure to move them somewhere else on your schedule, not remove them altogether. Here are a few additional tips.
We often lose track of time in the daily hustle and forget to renew our energy levels. Take periodic breaks to stretch, get a cup of tea or walk around the building a few times. Leave your desk at lunch.
2. Let go. Prioritize so you finish high-value tasks. Then know when to call it a day.
3. Plan a vacation. Take a full vacation each year and several long weekends to recharge your creative batteries. Block out the time now.
4. Pamper yourself. Find little ways to cherish yourself every day, such as taking a bubble bath or a walk. Doing so lets you unwind and gird for life’s next challenge.
5. Keep your brain engaged. You can rest from work while still exercising your mind with light reading or a Sudoku puzzle.6. Exercise. A workout routine will help you stay healthy, maintain your drive and burn off stress plus going outdoors or to a gym will help you get away from it all.