Every time I read a book, I love to jot down and record my favorite quotes in it. There is a sentiment to match every mood.
Take Some Time Out for Yourself
It seems crazy that in a world where we have modern appliances that can wash and dry clothes, press trousers, and heat up pre-packaged food, we seem to be craving personal time more than ever. The truth is that modern living can suck up time like never before. Things like email, Twitter, Facebook, online forums, and chat-rooms are huge distractions that can prevent us from winding down.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, read on for some inspirational quotes about the importance of "me-time." Also included are three tips to help you get the most out of your personal time.
Quotes and Sayings About Me-Time
- "Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." —M. Scott Peck
- "If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life." —James A. Michener
- "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto." —Dale Carnegie
- "Prepare yourself for the world, as athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do." —Lord Chesterfield Stanhope
- "You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." —Buddha
- "If you don't get lost, there's a chance you may never be found." —Unknown
- "We run away all the time to avoid coming face to face with ourselves." —Unknown
- "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." —Aristotle
- "The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires. What you do in life depends upon what you are and what you want. What you get from life depends upon how much you want it—how much you are willing to work and plan and cooperate and use your resources. The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables that you are spinning now, and that is why today is such an important day. Make the cables strong!" —L.G. Elliott
- "Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny." —Tryon Edwards
- "We are what we think; as we desire so do we become! By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descend to suffer and learn." —J. Todd Ferrier
- "Habits change into character." —Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid
- "We're worn into grooves by Time—by our habits. In the end, these grooves are going to show whether we've been second rate or champions, each in his way in dispatching the affairs of every day. By choosing our habits, we determine the grooves into which Time will wear us; and these are grooves that enrich our lives and make for ease of mind, peace, happiness—achievement." —Frank B. Gilbreth
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Tips for Getting More Out of Your Alone Time
Have the quotes above got you inspired to prioritize me-time in your life? Consistently allocating time to yourself can be difficult, especially when you've got a lot of chores, relationships, and habits. Below are three tips to help you give yourself the me-time you need and make the most of it.
1. Make More Time for Yourself by Cutting Down on Non-Essential Activities
Write down a list of all the things you typically do in a day. How do you normally fill your hours? Be brutally honest. And if you don't know, it might help to keep a diary for a week. Next to each item you've made on the list, note whether that item is essential (like family time) or non-essential (like watching TV or browsing Facebook).
Take a look at your most frequent non-essential activities—are there any that you can prune down in order to get more me-time? Replacing some non-essential activities with self-focused alone time is a great way to start carving out parts of your schedule for self-reflection, personal pursuits, or therapeutic and creative activities.
2. Make Your Me-Time a Habit so You Commit to It Each Week
Your precious me-time can become a regular thing instead of a rarity if you make a habit out of it. Plan to have your special time daily, on certain days of the week, or even just once a week. If you stick to the regular time-slots you've set for yourself, periodic me-time can become the norm.
Don't be persuaded to commit to anything else during your scheduled alone time unless it is urgent. Taking regular time for yourself can improve your self-awareness and boost your general wellbeing over time.
3. Gain More Personal Time by Grouping Related Tasks
To carve out more time for yourself, think about grouping similar tasks together. Instead of checking your email constantly throughout the day, check it less often. I check mine once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening. Some people check just once per day. The same principle can be applied to other habits, like browsing the web, interacting with friends on Facebook, and even grocery shopping.
Email is a time-waster and—let's be honest—whatever it is can usually wait. Likewise, occasional phone calls can eat up a lot of time. Plan to take care of all of your daily calls in one go. If you start grouping tasks, you will soon find that you have more free time to devote to other things. What other tasks could you group together to save time?
It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.
— Mandy Hale
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