We use our time, our gifts, and our energy in all kinds of activities that benefit our families, our churches, and our place of work. But when do we schedule time for ourselves?
Ted Engstrom, Christian author, Time management conference speaker, and former President of World Vision, says we need to make it a priority to make a date with ourselves. He writes, "You need time that will give you a relief valve from all the pressure. It's easy for us to use ourselves, but we forget to set goals to care for ourselves.
Imagine that you have no other responsibilities. You don't have to go to work today, the house is clean, the kids are cared for, and you've had your devotions. Now the whole day is clear. What would you choose to do for yourself? Needlepoint? Golf? Read a novel? Nothing? What kind of relaxation fits your lifestyle? Make a date with yourself each week to do something for you. Write it the calendar and keep it as though it were a date with your high school sweetheart.
You may be asking, "Just what happens to the rest of my responsibilities during this date?" If you have kids, work out a deal with your spouse or friend to trade child care for personal time. One day you'll care for the children and she'll have free time. The next day is yours! You might work out a similar deal for household responsibilities. A friend of mine has three small children at home. Twice a week she hires a teenage neighbor to play with the kids and do the dishes while she retreats to the quiet corner of the house or goes for a walk. What if costs in the budget saves her in sanity. She is much better able to deal with the children by supper time.
Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.