What part of the day do you feel your best?
Some feel most energized during the first few hours of the morning. For night owls, evenings are better.
Now, who gets those hours?
Do you fritter away your best hours catching up on work, mindlessly surfing the web, or doing chores around the house?
Try giving that time to yourself instead. Guard that time for sleeping adequately, eating healthy, working out, treating yourself to a favorite dessert, connecting with the people you treasure, engaging in hobbies, and engaging in personal reflection.
Focus on your values and priorities—personal and professional—rather than someone else’s. As the pressure mounts at work and home, self-care activities are often the first to be cut out.
Classify what you need to do, should do, and want to do. Focus on the few things that you must do. And, if you still have time, progress to work you’d like to do.