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The last word on… finding time for yourself

A few simple adjustments can create the space you need for your own happiness and nourishment, says Oliver Burkeman

Few people, these days, would disagree with the theory that it’s crucial to take time for yourself. Creating some spacefor enjoyment and restoration each day, or at least every week, is a win-win proposition: it’ll make you both happier and more effective in fulfilling your responsibilities at work and home. In practice, though, it rarely happens. For some, that’s because deep down they feel they don’t deserve it. For others, it’s simply that the momentum of a busy life makes it seem impossible to press pause. Either way, making sure you actually get a moment to yourself requires a shift in perspective. If your schedule’s crammed, you won’t find extra time; you’ll have to make it.

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