How To Negotiate More Daily 'Me Time'

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It’s easier than it seems to let an entire day slip away from you, especially working independently. Becoming your best self at work, however, will allow you the luxury of more time; so when you’ve closed shop at the end of the day, your evening is free for whatever you want to do. Here’s how to make it happen:

  • Be diligent at accomplishing work tasks during the day— time- blocking is one of the most effective tools to make yourself ultra-efficient at ending on time.
  • Schedule early meetings— Avoid that dreaded feeling of a 3pm meeting spilling into overtime by making morning meetings a flexible priority.
  • Prepare for your day the night before— Although it may sound counter-intuitive, giving up a few minutes of ‘me time’ before bed facilitates smooth sailing tomorrow.
  • Keep chaos organized throughout the day— Make sure you keep workspace tidy to avoid spending unnecessary time cleaning up after yourself.
  • Wake up earlier – It may seem simple, but anyone that has tried it knows, it’s not as easy as it seems. Check out TNW’s tips on rising and shining.
  • Master meal prep— Not a favorite weekend task? Just imagine how much more (stress) free time is available when your meals are already made for the week.
  • Make lists to keep your day balanced— If you remember to pick up the dry cleaning right at 5pm, you’ll have all night open for whatever you want to do.  
  • Avoid mindless TV binging— It may sound awesome to ‘Netflix and Chill’ all night— but your eyes and brain will definitely benefit from less screen time.
  • Jot down what you want to read, try, see, learn, etc.— If all of the options are available at your fingertips, you’ll spend less time searching and more time doing.
  • Eschew unimportant emails at night— If it’s imperative, answer it; otherwise set the precedent that your personal time is of priority importance, too.  

A late night in the office happens once in a while— but if you’re constantly feeling like you’re never caught up, it’s definitely time to change up your traditional routine. You can’t pour from an empty pitcher—make time for your own wellbeing and every aspect of life will be sweeter.