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Our daily lives are dominated by an endless string of obligations.  Because of this, we often forget to do the things we enjoy. But making time for things we like is an important part of life.

Perhaps you lament the fact that you don’t have as much time for fun things as you did in the past. Maybe you don’t even remember the last time you did something purely fun for yourself. But doing what you love, even something as simple as reading a chapter in a book, provides you a much needed break from your busy routine.

It not only creates happiness in the moment, it also helps you to stay motivated, healthy and productive in the long term. It  renews your energy and helps you cope with less enjoyable daily or weekly tasks.  Making time to spoil yourself with something fun is beneficial and easier than you might think. In fact, it can be broken down into two simple steps.

STEP 1 – THE LIST

Create a list of at least ten things that make you happy. These can be the smallest of things, such as taking a short walk or baking a delicious (and not-so-healthy) cake. But it can also involve doing voluntary work or going away for the weekend with your loved one. The most important thing is that it gives you something to look forward to.

STEP 2 – SCHEDULING

It’s tempting to say you’re too busy to do the things you love. Look at your list and try to remember the last time you actually did these things. Write down the dates on your list; this will probably make you painfully aware of how little fun you’ve been having. From now on, tick off at least two list items per week. Schedule them for the coming weeks and take them just as seriously as any other obligation.  Planning things you love can be half the fun!

This blog is number 5 of 10 ways to be your best you. Discover the other ways to bring more health, happiness and peace of mind to your life here.

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