I was an inspirational speaker for an insurance conference where a very busy CEO, who was also a guest speaker, gave an inspirational speech about work-life balance.
The concept I loved from her inspirational speech was her dedication to scheduling "Me Time". This is a scheduled appointment with yourself that is non-negotiable.
Me Time can be scheduled from 5 minutes to 20 minutes or more, and it should appear on your calendar at least once daily if not several times a day.
The speaker for the insurance conference made a compelling arguement that we all need to schedule Me Time because our busy lives cause our own personal wellness to take a back seat to corporate productivity. We have all kinds of reminders with our professional lives of what needs to be done and when, but we lack those kinds of reminders for ourselves - for our own personal benefit. The challenge is to maintain our health and wellness and our sanity as we focus on getting things done professionally. Scheduling yourself for free time will help you refuel to keep pace with all the demands.
The guest speaker for the insurance conference suggested that scheduling Me Time teaches you to enjoy your own company. It puts you in touch with who you are and reminds you that being alone is not the same as being lonely.
It helps to decide what you would do if you scheduled time alone. Most people spend so much time working or in the company of others that being alone is intimidating because there is nothing to entertain them. Having something to do when you are alone will make it easier.
The guest speaker suggested the following steps to learn to be alone:
- Train other people to leave you alone. Some people prefer to place a sign on their door at the office or go into their room at home
- Take short breaks throughout the day
- Call a friend and chat
- Periodically get up from your desk and go for a walk
- Listen to music