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5 Ways to Optimize Your 'Me' Time

By Lauren Jimeson |

I am officially en route on my first ‘real’ trip leaving Avery since she was born. I walked out the door this morning with a smile on my face, but with tears inside. As soon as I got inside the car to go to the airport, I let the tears fall down my face. I knew I needed to get them out so that I could relax and try to have a good time while I am gone.

As I sat in silence on the way to the airport, I realized that this was the first time in a long time that I have really experienced the sound of something other than kids. The sound (or lack thereof) of silence is quite eerie when you aren’t used to it. I know that these next three days that I am away from my girls is an opportunity that won’t come around often, so I need to make sure to take full advantage of it. Alone time is rare once you become a mom. As I sit here on my six hour flight, with time only to focus on myself, I knew that I need to make the best of it.

Whether you get an hour to yourself during the day, or three days like I am getting, make sure to use these tips to optimize your time alone.

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Taking Advantage of Me Time

Make a Plan

If you know that you are going to have some time to yourself, try to make a plan of what you want to do so that you don't waste the time trying to figure something out when you are actually alone. Prior to my trip, I did a little bit of research about the area that I am staying in. I wrote down a list of places I wanted to make sure to visit when I have that time. This way I will come back from my trip feeling like I made the most of the time I had there.


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Read more from Lauren at her personal blog, A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles her life living in New York City with a suburban mentality. For more updates, follow Lauren on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram! Check out more of Lauren’s Babble posts at Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year.

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Lauren Jimeson is the author of A Mommy in the City, which chronicles living the city life with a suburban mentality. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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