My personal time is a priority.

No matter how hectic my life becomes, I ensure that I have quality time for myself each week.

I have children to take care of, a house to clean, dinner to cook, a spouse to keep happy, and a career to maintain. Yet I choose to make my personal time a priority, so that I have energy to give my best.

I take a few hours each week away from the hustle and bustle of my world. I take that time to pamper myself and wind down. I engage in activities I enjoy that bring me peace.

These activities are key components in maintaining my sanity. In addition, I routinely ask for help when I need it. I openly accept help so I can take opportunities to relax and recharge my batteries.

I regularly hire a housekeeper to ease the load of housework that erodes my time. I delegate any responsibilities I can so that I am free to give more to others and to myself.

I often call a babysitter to watch the kids so I can take a break. I let go of the need for everything to be done perfectly and give myself permission to relax.

Maintaining my personal happiness allows me to perform 100% better at every task I take on. When I take time for myself, I return with renewed energy and confidence that shows in everything I do.

Today, I realize that taking care of myself is just as important as all of my other responsibilities.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. On average, how many hours each week do I devote entirely to myself?
2. Do I allow my spouse to indulge in personal time as well?
3. Am I stretching myself too thin? If so, how can I delegate some of the load?