A great first step is to simply take some quiet time for yourself and come up with you priority list. Things that are meaningful to you. Go to lunch by yourself, or at least get to a place that you will be uninterrupted for a half hour or more and think about the things that want and need to do as you wrap up the New Year. I call this creating your “wish list.” Amidst all the craziness of your days, I realize this might seem unrealistic. But more likely than not there are things that are very important to you that simply aren’t getting done because in the hustle and bustle of your busy day they are simply overlooked.
Once you have your wish list in front of you, grab out your calendar, or your planner, open up your schedule and make sure and schedule time for a couple of the most important things for you that you’ve been putting off. In addition to your deadlines, and your family commitments, and all the responsibilities that traditionally consume your days and weeks, making a firm commitment to yourself to do whatever; to have dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months or spend a couple of hours exercising, or catching up on some reading, or taking a class that you’ve been putting off for a couple of years, or just planning a getaway with your significant other, whatever it might be. You’ll feel less overwhelmed, you’ll feel reenergized because of the deposits you are making back into you. And not surprisingly, you’re actually going to accomplish more I your everyday activities as a byproduct. You’ll be feeling better and you’ll have more energy throughout the day.
This is simple stuff, but you know that it works. Make a promise to yourself that you’re going to put yourself first a couple of times these next few weeks and you’ll have a lot more to give to others.