One of the greatest misconceptions about productivity is that you shouldn’t make time for fun – you should only schedule the tasks you need to accomplish. This is false. If you want to be more productive, you need to create time for yourself. I want to share three reasons why this is true.
1. A more relaxed you can accomplish more
Too often I find women wanting to accomplish more in their lives so they schedule every moment and leave no time for themselves. The thinking is that they need to use every minute to accomplish things with their jobs, family and homes. This thinking creates much stress and these women don’t enjoy their lives. We get one life to live and it’s up to you to enjoy it. This may mean you cut back on some things to give yourself time to relax and enjoy your life and family. You will find yourself more energized and that energy will allow you to get things done.
2. Finding balance between time for yourself and your work/home can lead to less stress
Finding balance is a constant struggle and challenge for many of us, yet I’ve found it to be so important. I suffered major health complications from trying to do it all years ago. I learned then that becoming stressed from doing it all is not worth it. Now, I want to share ways to help people find the balance that makes life better. We all have a lot to do but if we don’t take care of ourselves, we will end up accomplishing nothing. My health issues forced me to quit my job and school and move my family into my parent’s home. Learn from my mistakes and find the balance before your body forces you to.
3. More time for yourself can inspire you to work harder
One area of productivity often missed is the importance of inspiration. When I’m feeling inspired and excited about something, I’m able to work harder. If I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I tend to get less done. When I’m feeling overwhelmed and my stress levels are up, I take a break and I spend time on myself and do things I enjoy. Then, when I get back to my to-do list, I feel more energized and motivated to get things accomplished.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on A Fresh Start on a Budget. It has been modified and republished here with permission.