As a full-time student and active member in my church, I periodically find myself overwhelmed and irritated by all of the responsibilities that I have. In some cases, my work necessitates that I forgo private time in order to ensure that I fulfill all of my professional obligations. Despite the fact that I am willing to complete these obligations, however, I recognize that I must take strides towards working some alone time into my schedule. If you’re attempting to do this same thing, here are three strategies that can help you get some peace and quiet:
1. Disconnect From The Technological World.
As a result of the integral role that technology plays in the contemporary world, it can be a major factor precluding you from spending time alone. For this reason, enabling yourself to have seasons of solitude may necessitate that you temporarily turn off technological devices such as the TV, your PC, and your smartphone. Although you may find this difficult to do, the distracting beeps and dings that preclude you from enjoying your private time will likely convince you that disconnecting from the technological world is a good idea. In discussing the importance of being alone, psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter notes that people who use their computer to do things like writing can do so without being connected to the internet in order to avoid the annoying beeps and bells.
2. Get Up Early.
This strategy works marvels for me. Typically, I wake up between 2 and 5 am. Even if I go right back to bed, this early rising generally gives me the opportunity to accomplish something significant because I don’t have to deal with a ringing cell phone or the mental clutter that results from having been awake for several hours. As made plain by this personal example, getting up early can be very advantageous. Although I am a freelance writer who works out of my apartment, the principle of getting up early can be beneficial for those employed within the traditional work world as well because it enables you to arrive at your office early. Doing so will afford you the time to get settled in and start accomplishing your goals for the day before your fellow employees start trickling in.
3. Close Your Door.
This strategy sounds so simple and obvious that you may think it’s not worth mentioning. Yet it is because many people are not in the habit of closing their doors. They should be though, because it’s a wonderful way to inform the people around you that you are not available. If you are afraid that people may think the act of closing your door is rude or inconsiderate, put a thoughtful note on the door explaining that you are attempting to get your work done and that they are free to call and leave you a message. You can also note that they may knock and enter if there is some sort of emergency or extenuating circumstance unfolding.
As many psychologists and behavioral therapists know, spending time by yourself is very important. In addition to helping you focus and think clearly, solitude enables you to problem solve and develop a deeper sense of self. By implementing the strategies I’ve listed above to help you create some alone time, you will likely begin leading a more productive, positive life. Good luck!