Another way of making time is to, quite frankly, force it. If you are not scheduling “me time” and you find yourself going into overtime on everything but you, you really have no choice. You need to put the brakes on before you implode.
Give yourself a timeout: One method I really like is a unique spin on the childhood rite of passage, the classic timeout. Instead of looking at timeouts as a punitive measure, think of them as necessary course corrections. Timeouts can be lifesavers! Regardless if you’re working 9 to 5 or staying home with the kids around the clock, it is not healthy to go non-stop for a significant period without a break. Stressors will build up and literally unhinge you, leading to an unbalanced life. This requires you to be aware of your limits, and to know when you are overdoing it. Signs include being snappish, unfocused, dizzy, obsessive, running on fumes, or even falling asleep the moment you stop whatever you think you should be doing. When you are feeling this way, respect yourself. Step away and place yourself in a timeout. Take a quick walk around the block. Plop on the sofa with a cup of tea. Sit on the deck and feel the sun warm your face. Take a private moment in another room. Breath. If you are with family, kindly let them know you need a timeout for a few minutes, and attend to yourself. You’ll feel more grounded and focused. And more resilient in the long run.