Self-care is one of those areas we’re all often guilty of overlooking. After all, who has the time when so many other things are vying for your attention?
But you simply can’t neglect taking care of yourself! Doing so helps you be your best at work, at school, and in your relationships. Self-care brings more joy into your life—allowing you in turn to bring more joy to others.
Don’t think you have the time? It’s a common excuse, but the truth is, you do have time. You just have to plan for it.
Here’s how our signature daily page in the Flagship Daily Planner can help you do just that!
1. Schedule Me Time
You schedule appointments, vacations, maintenance and so many other things in your life. Why not schedule in some much needed “me time?” That’s right, stop wishing you had time for a relaxing bath or an exercise class.
Schedule the things you want to do. Set a time to do something for yourself. Want a bath? Schedule it at 8:30 pm tonight! Want to just sit down and read? Schedule it. Whatever it is that helps you better care for yourself, schedule it in the same way you would anything else. This holds you more accountable and makes self-care a manageable habit.
2. Turn Your Wants Into To Dos
What do you want most for yourself today? Use your to-do list to create a self-care routine. List small things that make a major difference in your life. Want just 10 minutes to yourself. Add it to your list!
Stop wanting and starting doing. It’s much easier to fit in the things you want to do if you see them listed in front of you!
3. Set Your Top 3 Wishes
What are the top three things you want to do for yourself by the end of the day? If you want to find more joy in your life, you have to start investing in yourself. You can use the “top 3” section of your daily page to set these personal intentions!
Maybe you want to take a quick run during your lunch break or spend 15 minutes before bed meditating. Maybe it’s going to be a stressful day and the best way to unwind would be dinner with your best friend or spouse.
They don’t have to take long, but they should help you feel happier and less stressed. And honestly, who couldn’t use more of both of those?
4. Plan Dinner In Advance
Everyone deserves the time to sit down to enjoy a good meal—especially at the end of your day. Whether it’s by yourself or with friends or family, mark your dinner plans down on your daily page early in the day. We have a “dinner” prompt for that very purpose!
Take a few minutes to add a few healthier foods to your meal or look up a great recipe you want to try. Planning out a healthy dinner in advance is a great way to take care of yourself—avoid last minute stress and temptations!
Don’t feel like cooking? No problem! Make some plans to eat out with a friend or family member—and look forward to it.
5. Don’t Forget Self-Care Habits
Sometimes it’s hard to remember all of the things you want to do for yourself. Eventually, they just fall by the wayside. To create a self-care routine that you’ll stick with, jot down your daily self-care habits on your daily page. For instance, you might list reminders to drink a few extra glasses of water, pack comfortable clothes for the gym, take your multi-vitamin and even to set an alarm to ensure you leave work on time.
6. Add Some Self-Care Notes
Finally, use your daily page to jot down a notes about an upcoming vacation or a beauty product you want to remember or something that helps you take better care of yourself. Fill in your daily gratitude box to remind you of the joy you have in your life already.
Self-care is about taking time for you. When you schedule it in, you’ll be amazed at all the time you actually do have each day to spend on you.