I’m not what you’d call a morning person. During a normal working week I struggle to get out of bed without having an argument with the alarm clock and hitting the snooze button at least 3 times.
This all changes at the weekend.
At the weekend there is no alarm clock, but then there’s no need for it, because at the weekend I leap out of bed as soon as it gets light. No hesitation. No moaning. Covers off and straight to the kitchen.
With a cup of tea in hand I usually draw back the curtains, pull up a chair near the window and gaze out into the garden. This is my quiet time. The time that I allow my thoughts to wonder. There is no to do list, no deadlines, no expectations.
This is my time to reflect, recharge and process my thoughts.
Sometimes you just need a break in a beautiful place, alone, to figure everything out.
A weekend morning is quiet. Peaceful. People tend to stay in bed longer, so the house and the world is so much quieter than usual. The only sounds are the ones of the birds in the garden.
It’s at these times that I have my best ideas. The random thoughts in my head miraculously fall into some sort of order and things I’ve been puzzling over or struggling with, all of a sudden make sense.
The time only lasts as long it takes to drink a cup of tea. I’m usually on the last sip when I can hear stirrings from upstairs and the sound of creaky floorboards as the family starts to rise. But it’s long enough.
So why is alone time important?
Its a chance for your mind to catch up with itself
Like most people my weeks are really busy. I’m usually running from one place to another, trying to get my chores done, work through my to-do list while keeping up with the day to day stuff. My commutes are taken up with listening to podcasts or responding to emails. I’m constantly taking in and responding to information from a variety of sourses.
During the week I get very little down time or time to actually think.
‘Me time’ on a weekend gives my brain a rest. There are no distractions and I don’t have to think about anything in particular. I just let my mind wander and re-order itself.
It helps you find solutions to problems
Its during those quiet reflective moments, when Im not thinking about anything particular, that my mind seems to come up with solutions to the problems that Ive been struggling with all week.
Without the constant distractions, my mind is free to think and to process.
This is also the time when I’m at my most creative. Problems are solved looking at them from a different angle that would never have occurred to me at any other time.
My me time” doesn’t last long. But its long enough for me to feel the benefits of it for the rest of the week.
How do you spend your “me time”? Let me know in the comments below.