How to make time

Because I said "yes" to everything, everything became important. There were no priorities.

How to make time

Managing work, content creation, and personal life has been a challenge for me. Sometimes, work occupies my whole week, and I forget to make time for myself. Other times, I am too laser-focused on content creation to neglect work.

I did wrong by trying to please everyone and forgetting to set boundaries. I wanted to make everyone happy, so I said "yes" to too many requests, which caused overwhelm, stress, and panic—both for me and them. Because I said "yes" to everything, everything became important. There were no priorities.

I also thought that I should be able to do everything myself. I don't need help. I am not weak. Or so I thought until I realised that I couldn't.

But these days, I have learned to rely more on others, say no to more things, prioritize better, and make time for myself. I have had to acknowledge that by trying to please everyone, I am ultimately pleasing no one—least of all myself.

"I'll think about it"

I still couldn't say no to everything, but I learned how to delay my answer. The pressure of answering immediately made me a people-pleaser, and I realised I needed time to weigh the pros and cons before answering.

Then, over time, I knew how to say no. It wasn't easy at first, but I've learned that a polite, firm "no" is better than an insincere "yes" that leads to stress and poor results.

Delaying my answers and declining the things I knew I wouldn't enjoy doing helped me make time for other things and, indirectly, helped me prioritize them.

Setting boundaries

I've established clear boundaries between work, content creation, and personal time. This includes setting specific work hours, dedicating uninterrupted time for content creation, and ensuring I have time for self-care and relaxation.

I found it really helpful to separate my physical space for work, content creation, and leisure activities. I use my work desk for work, I create content in a cafe or at my dining table, and the rest of the space is for relaxation.

I've made self-care a non-negotiable part of my routine. Whether it's exercise, meditation, or simply time to relax, I now understand that taking care of myself is crucial for long-term productivity and happiness.

You can ask for help

Accepting that I couldn't do everything myself was liberating. I've started delegating tasks at work and in my content creation process. This lightens my load and often leads to better outcomes through collaboration.

If I were to do everything by myself, I wouldn't be able to enjoy living life. Getting help from people I trust made my life easier and more enjoyable.

Getting help from the internet

I've also found help from online tools. As a professional and content creator, I've always loved subscribing to exciting newsletters. But as my subscriptions grew, so did my frustration.

I was drowning in an overwhelming flood of emails, struggling to keep up with the constant influx of information.

LaterOn has transformed the way I engage with newsletters. It has allowed me to enjoy the benefits of curated content without the stress and overwhelm that often come with it. I feel more in control of my time and better equipped to make informed decisions.

If you love newsletters but struggle to keep up with the constant influx of information, I highly recommend trying LaterOn. It has been a game-changer for me, and I believe it can be for you, too.

LaterOn - Newsletter aggregator and scheduler with AI summarization
Your inbox buffer for worry-free newsletter subscriptions. Summarize, prioritize, and stay inspired without inbox overload.

Since implementing these changes, I've significantly improved my overall well-being and productivity. I'm less stressed, more focused, and, ironically, more effective in my work and content creation.

By setting boundaries and prioritizing effectively, I can give my best to the tasks that truly matter.

This journey has taught me that balance isn't about doing everything but the right things. It's about understanding your limits, respecting your own needs, and learning to manage expectations – both your own and others'.

I hope you find this insightful. Remember:

It's not going to be easy,
But it's not impossible.

Your friend,