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Making Time For Yourself When the Calendar Is Full

I took one look at my summer calendar and wondered how it got so full. It seemed like only a few days ago when it was not so scheduled.

How Did My Schedule Get So Scheduled?

A calendar with most of the time filled.

I don’t know about you, but I never set out to fill all my time with planned events. And yet, when I glance at my calendar, I don’t see many empty spaces in it.

That makes me feel anxious. Obviously, it’s important to have time for myself, but I’m not sure I can find any.

Head For The Open Spaces

The time is 11:11

Governments and people are beginning to shift pandemic practices. When the virus was killing people by hundreds of thousands, we needed to practice physical distancing. That led to large openings in my calendar. I’m starting to fill those in again.

Of course, I feel happy about filling in those schedules! Getting to meet up with friends and go hear live music are wonderful shifts.

On the other hand, I didn’t realize how much I was appreciating the time alone. Because I tend to be introverted, I recharge when I’m on my own. Eventually, that did get old. The trick is to find the best balance of friend-time and alone-time.

How To Make Time

Perhaps you came here looking for the “3 Easy Ways to Make Time for Yourself”. That would be a lie. I can’t tell you how to find time for yourself and I certainly don’t want to tell you that it will always be easy to make that time. Each of us has to find our own way when it comes to balancing our calendars.

For me, this requires daily attention: I need to focus on my attitude enough to notice when it needs an adjustment. That’s the best indicator that it’s time to find some alone-time.

How do you balance the demands of your life with whatever recharges you? I’d love to hear from you about what works for you. Drop me a note in the comments on this post or via Twitter.

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