[Post by Cliff Harvey]
How often do you book time aside in your diary for things for you?
How often do you change those 'self-appointments' to accommodate someone else?
Booking aside time for oneself is one of the best ways you can ensure that you do the things that you truly love doing. But so often we compromise our time in ways that we wouldn't compromise time set aside for someone else. If for example we have a work-meeting booked we would seldom feel as if we could change it on the fly, but we will change, or even cancel our own self-dates and self-appointments to fit around other people and to do things for others.
Now I'm not suggesting that we should become inflexible, nor that we shouldn't do things for other people (giving of ourselves and being of service is one of the greatest joys in life!) but neither should we give away too much of our precious time to do the supposedly 'urgent' at the expense of the truly important.
Think about your own time in the same way as the oxygen masks on a plane...apply yours first because without looking after yourself you're going to be in no good shape to help others.