Me, me, me-time – it’s the catchphrase of the 21st century, the saviour of sanity everywhere. But when – if – you finally get some of the fabled ‘me-time’, do you make the most of it? Do you right-size your mind? Or do you toss it to the winds?
Me: I never get any me-time.
Him: I’ll take the kids out for a few hours.
[A few hours later…]
Me: You’re back already? [To kids: Hi, love you, missed you etc etc]
Him: I thought you’d have had your me-time? I’ve been gone four hours?
Me: I’ve done the dishwasher, three loads of washing, tidied my desk, hoovered, pruned the roses and cooked dinner and I’ve only JUST opened my magazine.
Him: [Shrugs in despair]
Does this sound like you? Then you could be at risk of squandering your me time.
Take this simple quiz to be sure.
1. You go shopping for yourself. You come back with clothes for the kids.
2. You get a lie-in. You lie awake stressing about the cacophony downstairs.
3. The kids are on a playdate. You deep-clean the loo.
If any of these sound familiar, you are at serious risk of squandering your me-time!
1. Prepare for your me-time as you would a family holiday, with lists, packing, tidying, instruction-giving and contingency planning. This way, when the stopwatch starts on your me-time , you’ll be ready to squeeze every last drop out of it.
2. Demand more me-time.
What advice do you have for the serial squanderer of me-time?