I find it hard to survive if I don’t get my ‘me’ time in a day. I am not exaggerating anything but that’s how it is! I am not saying it only from a philosophical aspect, but from my personal experience. And I am sure there are many people like me who need ‘me’ time regularly to keep them alive, systematic and organized.
It’s not fair to generalize but I will just write down my experience here. I hope people will be able to relate to it.
Let’s start with how my life is when I am not able to take out ‘me’ time on a regular basis. I sleep very late generally after reaching to the stage when I am in no position to keep my eyes open. Last few hours before sleep are generally wasted/invested/consumed/utilized on digital gadgets and when my eyes cannot take it any more, I put them away and go to sleep.
My next day mornings usually start from where I left the last night. Checking mobile phones, staying in bed until I have just enough time left to reach office on time. Then skipping breakfast, getting ready quickly and rushing for office are usual signs. After reaching office, I get to the work, check and respond to mails, completing tasks that comes my way and the day ends normally without much thought and enthusiasm.
And I feel like rushing back to home as soon as the clock shows 6 pm. There is a gym just in front where I park my car and I daily think to start it from the next day but it never happens. I don’t keep a track of what I am eating, whether I am having good amount of water, whether I am having sufficient amount of nutrients..nothing. And I get back to home.
And then two biggest enemies i.e phone and laptop is pumped up and I start using it endlessly for reading articles/watching movies/checking Facebook/ or xyz reasons and by the time I check clock, it’s already past 10. And then suddenly I remember that I have to eat also. I get back to my gadgets after dinner and then stick to them until I fall asleep and the cycle goes on and on.
Let’s look at other side of the story as well. When I am getting my ‘me’ time regularly, I live a very good life. For me, this time could be working out in a gym, walking on the terrace, sitting in a park, reading a book in a library, lying down on bed alone in a room, sitting on a lounge with no one around. I get so much energy from ‘me’ time.
I sleep consciously before 11 so that I get up on time next day after completing full 8 hours of sleep. Before sleeping, I read books, write article [as I a m writing one now], make strategies and try to stay away from my gadgets as much as possible.
I usually start my mornings on a very fresh and motivated note by following a routine which includes going to gym, cold water bath, meditation, a perfect nutritional breakfast. And the amazing thing is that even after doing so many things, I am generally left with an hour before i should leave for office.
My office hours pass more productively, more healthy conversations/discussions with my colleagues, enthusiastic approach towards work and there is no hurry to go back home. And all day along, I stay very particular about what I am eating and to stay hydrated all the time.
Post office hours, I usually play badminton for an hour and then leave for home. Enjoy the drive back home. Bath again to release all the tension in the body and relax. Then some fixed time on my electronic gadgets but in a very controlled manner. I usually prefer to write or read just before my sleep.
The ‘me’ time gives me purpose and strength to live my life on my own terms, in the way I want to live it. The absence of ‘me’ time put my life on auto pilot mode. That’s why this ‘me’ time is very important to me.
I would love to hear out from you, if you have any interesting observation to make or your experiences regarding ‘me’ time.