Value Your Personal Time or You’ll Live Unhappily

Jordan Mendiola

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It’s easy to be a yes man or woman to partake in activities you don’t feel like doing. But, listen to your inner voice.

Is it telling you to say no and do your own thing? Or is it telling you that this is an opportunity you probably don’t want to miss out on?

If you’re reading this, then you value reaching your goals and are a motivated individual. You may be finding yourself falling behind on where you’d like to be. I’ll do my best to make it easy for you.

Sometimes it can be hard to get your priorities in place because saying yes or no makes an imprint on our personalities and our self-esteem.

Personally, saying no oftentimes makes me feel like I’m a boring person, but I can’t think this way. Saying no is fine! Say no when you don’t want to do something so that you can put yourself first. The most useful asset that all of us human beings have is our time.

Since being on deployment, I’ve mostly been open to going out to play pool, cards, or video games. However, when I get into a really good book or start a new skill like blogging on Medium, I give a soft pass.

The times when I say no and put myself first are game changing. Doing so tells myself that my time is worth something.

The things we do in our personal time cannot be undermined. We have to do what makes us happy! When we need space, we have to demand it.

My routine has not been a routine so to speak lately. Instead it’s been more of a system.

This is how an average day on deployment looks like for me.

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. Go to work
  3. Eat lunch
  4. Get off work
  5. Play videogames
  6. Go back and read or watch a movie
  7. Go out for a run
  8. Shower/change
  9. Hang out
  10. Write an article right before bed

This is the system that has worked for me lately because I get to satisfy all of my needs with personal time.

Setting aside time for yourself gives you the space away from other people and distractions in general. I love my friends, but when it’s “me time” I kindly let them know not to bother me.

Video games are not at the top of my priorities list. I set out goals to achieve during deployment.

My deployment goals are:

  1. Write 50 articles
  2. Run a sub-13 minute two mile
  3. Save $20,000

I have already achieved all of my goals I wanted to during my deployment, but there’s room to go above and beyond.

If your goal is to write one article a month, perhaps you can find the motivation to drop a little more knowledge on your readers by starting extra pieces of writing.

No matter what you decide to do in life. You have to take care of yourself first and foeremost.

Doing your own thing will make you happier and help you pursue more of your personal goals.

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL
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