5 Tips on How to Make Time for Self-Care
1. Reduce Time on Social Media
- Delete social media apps from your phone. You don’t need to erase your profile, but make it less accessible. Forcing yourself to type in the web browser will cause you to be more conscious about how often you are using social media.
- Disable notifications. This includes notifications on your phone and notifications sent to emails. Take away the temptation to jump on.
- Remove social media sites from bookmarks. Basically, do whatever you can to make social media less accessible.
2. Get Organized, Get Optimized, and Get Walking
3. Use Technology Where You Can
- Order groceries online. FreshDirect, Amazon Prime, Instacart, and other local groceries deliver, often on the same day with little or no delivery fee. Most of these services make it easy to get a refund if produce or other perishables aren’t up to standards.
- Schedule package pickups to your home. Save time heading to the post office and have USPS pick up for free at your home. Other carriers also have this option for a small fee.
- There’s an app for that! For the to-dos I just mentioned, there are many apps to help you get organized, one of my favorites being Todoist. Ready to order groceries? Their apps make it easy to order and save your most frequently bought items. Also, if you haven’t jumped on the online banking train, now’s the time! Most banking apps allow you to deposit checks, transfer money, and pay bills in just minutes.
4. Make It Fun
5. Ask for Help
- Can a roommate, friend, or family member pick up a task for you? Maybe you can swap to-dos. Perhaps you each have items on your list that may be easier for the other person to accomplish, or maybe you just like doing better. Have a conversation with someone to see what tasks you can swap or share.
- Do you have children that are old enough to take on some responsibilities in the household? This could be a chance to help build their independence by trusting them with an important task.
- Can you delegate a task at work? I know the automatic answer is often “this is too important,” “no one else knows how to do it,” or “they won’t try as hard as me.” However, try to challenge yourself to let go, or give another colleague the opportunity to grow and learn. If you truly feel you just can’t let go, is there an opportunity to at least communicate obstacles and reset expectations for a new timeline?