I want you to do two things RIGHT NOW to prioritize self-care.  Before you even read the rest of this post..

1) Decide what self-care you will do this week.

2) Schedule that self-care activity into your calendar.

That’s a quick intro how you make time for self-care when you’re busy.

It’s about intentional living. Intentional living is about choosing what you do.

Also, if you want to schedule more self-care into your life, use the schedule planner free download I have included in this post.

 

How to Prioritize Self-Care when You're Busy

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INTENTIONAL LIVING AND ITS IMPORTANCE

Using the example above, you decided consciously if you were going to prioritize self-care or not. If you chose to put self-care into your schedule you said yes, it is a priority. If you chose no, then you said to yourself it was not a priority.

If you said no, it’s most likely because you said you had too many things on your plate. You didn’t have enough time for it.

So in order to prioritize self-care you need to tell yourself it is a priority first.

That’s the end of the post!…

Just kidding!

WHY SELF-CARE ISN’T USUALLY PRIORITIZED

On a more serious note, unfortunately, we live in a culture where working hard and being busy is rewarded.

Taking time for ourselves is seen as either being lazy or selfish, especially if we have other people living in our household that we take care of.

So, self-care gets pushed to the side more and more all the time, the more people you have in your household, or the more you help take care of people.

So truthfully, you are essentially saying that these people you are helping or spending time with/on are more important than self-care.

PRIORITIZING SELF-CARE IS ABOUT CHOOSING THAT SELF-CARE IS IMPORTANT

So how are you supposed to prioritize self-care?

You can’t get rid of the people in your lives you say. You can’t get rid of your responsibilities in your life. The secret is to practice intentional living.

 

PRACTICE INTENTIONAL LIVING

 

1. Be Honest with Yourself

Why aren’t you making self-care a priority? Is it not important enough to you? Do you think you are being selfish by practicing self-care? Do you think you have to take care of xyz? Do you think you don’t have enough time? Do you feel guilty that other things should be done instead of you taking time for yourself?

If you don’t think it’s important, you won’t put time and effort into it.

Really ask yourself.. do you think it’s important?

If you say yes, but you haven’t been putting it on your schedule, it might not be as important as other things that you do in your life.

Whatever your reasons are, you have to face it head-on.

For example, if you have people in your household to take care of, is it possible to get a babysitter or a service to help out around the house? Is it possible that someone else can help take care of whoever this is? Is it possible you haven’t tried doing research for a reliable person to give you a break?

In another example, if you say that you have too much household stuff to do, is it possible you can get someone to help clean? Is it possible you have taken on a lot of the household work that you can enlist people in the family to help or even a paid service to help out once in awhile?

If you struggle with being honest with yourself, check out my Design Your Ideal Life Ebook to get prompts on what questions to ask and a step-by-step guide on how to incorporate more self-care into your life.

 

2. Evaluate your schedule

Sometimes we put so much on our plate, and we don’t schedule in our own “ME” time. Our schedules are packed or sometimes not. Sometimes we don’t realize the amount of time things take and don’t allocate tasks effectively or efficiently.

There are time management techniques and tips to make the most of your time. I talk about 6 time management tips in this post.

 

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3. Know what your goals are.

For example, if your life is about taking care of people, you cannot help others if you are not at your best. If you now are sick, unwell, get into an accident, or whatever it is, you cannot take care of others at full capacity.

In another example, if you are single and want to enjoy life by spending time with others, but you are constantly working or studying, then how you spend your time is not aligning with your goals.

 

4. Align self-care with your goals

IN ORDER TO PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE, YOU NEED TO LOOK AT HOW SELF-CARE ALIGNS WITH WHAT YOU WANT IN LIFE.

This way you’ll be able to prioritize it because you’ll then see it as a way to do what it is that you want to do.

However, some people don’t know there are so many kinds of self-care, which is why they think they don’t have enough time for it. I talk about different kinds of self-care and its importance here.

If you still struggle with enjoying your life and aligning your goals with them, check out Design Your Ideal Life Ebook.

5. Schedule it In and Keep it!

Just like meetings and appointments, we put it those on our calendar because it is something we consider important that we can’t miss.

Until self-care becomes a habit, the best way to prioritize it so to schedule it in as if it is an appointment or meeting that can’t be missed!

Get Planning Worksheet

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In this bundle, You'll get:

1. Instructions on How to Use the Planning Worksheet using the Time Blocking Time Management Method

2. A Blank Worksheet

3. 3 different examples of how to use time blocking for 3 different lifestyles:

1. Full Time Employee

2. Part Time Employee

3. Working Student

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6. Learn to Say No

We all have the same amount of time in our day, so what we spend our time on is what we will get out of our day.

You may be invited to an event, a party, or requested to do something by someone. If it adds more to your schedule or takes up more time that will take away from your self-care, you’ll need to have to learn to say no.

This way you’ll keep that time free that you scheduled for your self-care.

 

SUMMARY

You have to practice intentional living and evaluate consistently on how you spend your time. You also need to figure out how self-care aligns with your goals and desires in life. Once you decide that it helps with your goals and desires, then you will consider it a priority. Lastly, by scheduling it in and keeping it, you’ll prioritize it in your life.

 

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