Our lives are constant whirlwinds with commitments, family, friends, meetings, work, and more. It can difficult to accept new obligations or even feel we have time to work out or grow a business.
Because we are so tied up with things, time is one of the largest excuses that we come up with to avoid tasks or other commitments.
It’s for this particular reason why at the very least it’s important to do what I’m about to suggest on a daily basis.
Spend at least 30 minutes doing what you want to do.
Read a book, write, play video games, go for a walk, meditate.
Do whatever you’d like to do for a solid 30 minutes every single day.
Why I suggest these activities is because these are activities where you get to relax. Whether it’s a hobby or practical it doesn’t matter.
So long as it is something that you want to be doing.
Having this me time is crucial as it provides an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself. Even when you are in the middle of some important work, having this time can help.
Think of it like taking a break.
When we take breaks, we allow ourselves to slow down and during that time we think of new creative ways to solve problems. It’s why taking breaks actually make us more productive (amongst other benefits).
But having time for yourself goes beyond problem-solving. Naturally, this same technique can be used to overcome being impatient.
I’ve touched briefly on taking breaks as a way to remove being impatient. It’s why I suggest taking this 30 minute me time as a break from everything.
You are disconnecting yourself from the world around you and doing something purely for yourself.
Yes you are still performing an action, but your motivator is different during this time. You move it away from an obligation or something that moves you to something like this:
“I’m doing this now so that this skill or my work can be useful to me later.”
Selfish, yes, however every one of our actions is selfish in a sense.
Even though there might not be much of a stretch when it comes to motivating, I believe that doing something for yourself and your future is more selfish.
You are bettering yourself right now as opposed to mutually benefiting you and someone else immediately.
- Writing right now helps you organize your thoughts so that you can publish the work at a later time.
- Reading right now can ensure that you apply the knowledge at a later time.
- Going for a walk or a jog now right now makes you a healthier person, preparing you for a marathon or a hike with your friends.
Doing these things now with only you involved can set you up for the future.
Spend Time With Yourself
When you make these commitments, not only can these skills help in the future you learn about yourself. I’ve said before that getting to know yourself is crucial to growing.
Hell, I’ve said recently being impatient is understanding our stressors. To do that, you need to know what’s bothering you and why it’s bothering you.
So do yourself a favour and have some me time. Have a conversation with yourself and discover on a deeper level who you are. You won’t regret the decision.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 74 of 91 of this series.
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