I have a confession. Before we get into it though, let me give you a little back story.
I started writing a blog last year after becoming very passionate about the challenges women, specifically young professionals, face in the business world. Lately, I have been gaining inspiration from conversations that come up with ladies over coffee, drinks, sushi or in restrooms… yes, I just said restrooms (you would be surprised what your coworkers will bring up while washing their hands). I wrote a blog recently after attending a women’s conference titled, “Power of Morning.” The concept is this: none of us have time to get everything done. Let’s face it, between work, family, kids practice, homework, dinner, volunteering… there just isn’t enough time to work it all in. So what if I told you that I can get you two hours of personal time throughout the week? It’s called morning. You know, that thing we snooze through, dread, complain about and suffer through without caffeine. The thing is, if we dedicated ourselves to using the morning as our “Me” time, we would be more efficient, productive and satisfied ( I hear all of you saying yeah right, Me time doesn’t exist! Work, the kids, breakfast, getting ready… that is what fills my time!)
Back to my confession. I wrote about the concept last year and never took my own advice. I ended up stressing out that I couldn’t fit it all in. When I looked at my to-do list, I was constantly taking off the working out or writing, which were the two things I wanted to commit to. Something would need to change to honor my personal commitments to myself and there was no better time then the new year to make a change. Since the holiday, I have been waking up around 4:45am each day ( at least 4 times a week) and working out. If you know me, you know that I despise mornings so this is a huge accomplishment. What this has done for me is give me the energy from sleeping to power through my workouts. It has helped me keep my focus throughout the day at work and allows me to get my errands and things done after work which normally kicked out the workout. The truth is, I was making excuses. I value my sleep and thought the extra hour and ability to watch some of the news while getting ready would start my day off right. What I have found is that I have been calmer, more relaxed and less worried about getting to everything because I have more time which has helped tremendously in my professional life.
My challenge to you all is to consider ways to include the ‘Me’ time in your day. I highly recommend mornings so that you can’t come up with any reason to delay it, but if lunch hour or evenings work best, just try to commit to YOU for one month and see the difference it makes overall. I would love to hear when you will commit to you. Please share your thoughts and comments of what works for you.
Kate VanDePutte is a recruiter for Monarch Beverage where she identifies top talent for sales, transportation and administrative positions within the company. She serves on the Board of Directors at Ball State University for the FCS Alumni Society and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Career Services at Kelly School of Business (IUPUI). Accepted into the Project Lead program, Kate currently works on the MWN Communications Committee. She invites you to read her blog, Fearless Females, where she writes thought provoking and empowering words for young professional women.