The more you’re capable of doing, the more other people will want to eat up your time. If you let them, everyone else can use up every minute you have. Make sure you give some time to yourself.
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As minimalism site No Side Bar explains, everyone needs a certain margin in their schedule that’s not devoted to the choices of others. While that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t do anything with your margin, it’s important that you hold some space that only you have control over:
As creating margin is becoming more like second-nature to me, I’ve noticed that I am more able to recognise little things throughout my day that I would have missed before…
When I had no time to spare, I lived in that place and never questioned it. I accepted busyness as my reality and passively laid down and made my home in it. Living in this new philosophy, I’ve opened up a world of freedom, choice, and an opportunity to be surprised and delighted by tiny moments in each day.
The harsh reality is that sometimes, some people just can’t afford down time. Defending time that’s devoted to your choice of tasks is not quite the same, though. You may need that time on self-care tasks like cleaning, laundry, or just your own psychological benefit. Your margin may not be devoted to video games and Netflix, but ensuring you have a block of time that’s solely yours ensures that the busy work of others can’t undermine your basic stability.