I recently read an article on HelloGiggles about ”Identifying Sneaky Time Wasters” and one of them was Me time, as quoted below.
“Me time.” Something stressed out people say, is that they need to take some “me time”. Then they’ll go home and eat spoonful after spoonful of peanut butter while watching Netflix… or so I’ve heard. But I think maybe we don’t need quite as much “me time” as we all think we do. I think checking things off a to-do list can go a long way towards reducing stress. Also, maybe we should practice staying Zen during our more frequent “deal-with-other-humans time”.
All I could think was that whoever wrote this article is probably some soulless robot rocking a 4 point something GPA, which is fab for her, not so much for me or the rest of the human universe.
If the act of checking off your to do list is your version of stress relief in it’s purest form, I feel sorry for you. Yes, getting things done feels great, but getting things done in your own time feels even better.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in to do lists, spread sheets, the whole nine yards. A trillion years from now if aliens were to collect my laptop as an artifact from the 2000 era, they’d conclude that my leisure time consisted of creating a folder for everything that shouldn’t have it’s own folder, and laugh at the multitudes of color coded Excel spreadsheets I’ve created to keep me on track for grad school.
But I also whole heartedly believe in Me time. Me time prevents an irritable, stressed out Suki from holing up in her room thinking the whole world is against her. Me time reminds me that after I focus on myself, I can have the energy to focus on other people, allowing me to be a better friend, student, and artist. Me time with Netflix and spoonfuls of marshmallow fluff allow me to refresh and regenerate so that my material can be better and funnier, so that I can write things that I would actually want to read.
“Me time. Something stressed out people say, is that they need to take some “me time”…But I think maybe we don’t need quite as much “me time” as we all think we do.”
If you’re a stressed out person, take as much goddamn me time as you want! Take copious amounts of me time. Barrels of it. Only you know when and how you can get your shit done. Personally, I would rather get my shit done from a place of love and patience than crank out something I word vomited on in a frantic all nighter.
Now excuse me as I utilize my 7th Me Time excuse of the week to finish Breaking Bad and avoid finishing my grad school apps.