Self-Care Challenge (Day 316): Clearing My Calendar

On day 316 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I cleared my calendar.

While many of us thrive on having things planned in advance (you know who you are), sometimes life isn’t as predictable as we’d like to believe.

Yesterday, after learning that one of my appointments needed to reschedule, I decided to clear my calendar for the rest of the day. These unexpected openings often come when we need them the most, and I wanted to take advantage of the extra time I’d been given.

Having a few hours to finish up some things I hadn’t been able to make time for in recent weeks felt like a gift. It was the same when I worked in a corporate setting too. A meeting cancellation felt like winning the lottery, especially on the days when there was barely enough time to pee between meetings.

Whether you work for yourself, manage a small team, or lead a giant corporation, there will always be nonessential meetings and tasks that you can easily move (or cancel) if and when it becomes necessary.

When we’re honest with ourselves about what we need, and are willing make adjustments to our schedule to get what we need, we’re practicing self-care.

Where can you clear some time on your calendar?

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