Make more time for yourself in the new year // Cozy white sweater by the fireplace //

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Having been a blogger for several years now, I feel like life accelerates faster with each passing year, and that means I rarely have time for myself these days. I never felt it essential to set me-time in the past, but 2017 presented a profusion of challenges that left me feeling out of balance many times. I’m realizing how essential it is to break off and recharge in order to run a successful business. That aside, I can’t express my deepest gratitude to you all for following along all these years.

So, in a conscious effort to live a healthier and improved life – all the while giving back – I’ll be starting a new segment on NotJessFashion: wellness and business tips. To kick us off, here are six ways you can make more time for yourself in the coming year.

1. Start every morning

If you’re looking to make more time for yourself in 2018, start small. You’ll be surprised by what 20 minutes alone with a mug of hot tea (or hot water with lemon) can do. I know 20 minutes can be hard to commit at first, so try starting with 15 minutes everyday in January, and then increase it by 5-10 minutes each month. Making this a priority when you wake up first thing in the morning will help you jumpstart the day on a more energized and productive note.

2. Schedule it

Because you’re reading this right now, I assume you’re as plugged in as I am. So why not make the most out of your resources and schedule “me time”? You can easily set up reminders on your calendar or to-do list, and when it pops up, don’t ignore it. Think of this time to yourself as an important deadline. Shut everything off, take slow, deep breaths, and express gratitude for all that’s happening. But be sure to do it at the same time everyday so that it becomes routine. You can use this time to read a book, write a journal, or stretch.

3. Being willing to give up

I have to admit that I’m a control freak and perfectionist. It’s hard not to be when you’re running a business. However, one of the most important things I’ve learned to do this year is delegate – and I plan on doing more of it next year. Letting people in and allowing them to help you will allow you to run a much more efficient business and help you focus on the things you’re best at. Your willingness to give up control will help you make more time for yourself, your family, and the small things that matter. This is also a critical business skill that will take you far in life.

4. Consume less

Social media is a conundrum! One one hand, it’s the outlet that paved the way for my creative career, but on another, it’s extremely time consuming and can be so draining! The solution: consume less but consume better. When you schedule alone time, shut off your phone, TV, and/or computer – literally disconnect yourself from technology so that you can focus on the physical things in front of you rather than emails, projects, and the competition. I’ve learned that we can spend long, useless hours browsing Instagram if we’re not conscious of it. Unplugging for at least an hour a day will naturally force you to consume less.

5. Say “No”

I also happen to one of those people who never say “No” whether it’s a small favor, a late outing, or a huge last minute project. Strive to make 2018 a time to stash away the guilt and shame, and just say “NO” when you feel like something is interfering with your life. Don’t worry about disappointing others or losing out on an opportunity. When you take care of yourself (especially when it comes to recharging), you actually gain more in the long run.

6. Get into a routine

By advocating a routine, I’m not encouraging you to live like a robot and do the same thing day in and day out. You should always be flexible because life is unpredictable. It’s more about knowing what needs to be done and when – and when it’s not done, you know to eventually circle back to it. Routines give you structure and security as well as a timeline for how to map out and organize your day.

How will you make more time for yourself in 2018?

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  • Great tips! Wishing you a happy new year!


    • Thank you. Have a great new year to you, as well!

  • The years are definitely going by faster and faster! Love the idea to consume less social media, but just consume better. Cheers to 2018 <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Isn’t it? Thanks Kate! Enjoy your new year 🙂

  • I love the “schedule it” point. I should totally do that!
    Nice pics too 😉
    Have a wonderful weekend !
    Olivia Poncelet <3

    • Thanks Olivia! Glad I could share some useful advice 🙂

  • These are such great tips babe!! I love the idea of taking 15-20 minutes to yourself every morning..I wish I could do this, but now it’s especially hard with my newborn!! Hope you have an amazing NYE <3

    XO, Jessi

    • I need to use up my own advice too. Thanks Jessi! XO

  • I loved having a read of your post and couldn’t agree more with your tips, they’re great!

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are really good tips. I find that having a routine, and sticking to a schedule is really helpful.

    • Same here. I always want things organized. 🙂

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Such an inspiring post dear! I love the point of consuming less – I will try to stick to those points for sure <3
    xx, Carmen –

    • Thank you Carmen! Hope you have a meaningful new year’s celebration 🙂

  • Missy May

    Get into a routine is definitely on my list. Thanks for the motivation and cheers to a happy and blessed new year, Jess.

  • Yara Mel Rozaay

    Consuming less is definitely a goal of mine. Reading books helps so much, it really slows down my brain after an hour of scrolling.
    Lovely post and tips, Jess!

    • You’re welcome! Glad you thought these are useful 🙂

  • Amy

    Such a great reminder, especially with the end of the year so close. Something we could all be sure to do more of!!

    xx, Amy

    • Thank you Amy! Have a wonderful new year 🙂

  • Great tips! Couldn’t agree more. I need to work more on number 5.

    Amber |

    • Thank you Amber! Have a fab one 🙂

  • I am very excited for your new segment on wellness and business tips! I really need to work on all of these listed but definitely #5. Sometimes I’m running around at college trying to please everyone—but that’s not good! Thanks for the tips, perfect way to get into the right mindset for 2018!

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

    • You’re welcome. I love being able to share some reflections and to think it’s helping others is just a bonus 🙂

  • For me it’s the opposite, I need to say yes more this year and not be so afraid!
    Aleeha xXx

    • To each his/her own! I love that you are taking a proactive step though!

  • Great insights. I definitely am feeling a bit preoccupied by other things that surround me. I get to be stubborn at times or even just lie on my bed for so long, not getting up that easily. I have to work on those little things and make 2018 much more of a progressive year. Happy new year to you!!


    • Good luck to your goals for 2018, Sandra! Have a good one 🙂

  • This was such a great post Jessica, and these are all tips I want to keep in mind for 2018. I love starting every day with a fresh start and some me-time, and I agree completely with what you said about social media. It’s so hard to find a balance!

    • So glad you found this post insightful. Thanks Shea!

  • Briana Trevino

    I thrive from routine! Have a great New Year, babe!


  • nyashanicole

    The social media part is so true, there is the good and the bad and we gotta find a healthy balance.

    • I’d say amen to that! xx

  • great post hun…perfect to note for the new year!

    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎


    Great tips! Couldn’t agree more.

  • Great tips, thanks! x

    • You’re welcome, Ewa 🙂

  • Such a beautiful and most of all important post! Thank you for sharing, dear! I wish you all the best <3

    • You too, Marianne. Hope you have a great new year!!

  • Isabelle

    lovely tips! and dayum you look stunning loving the winter aesthetic!
    Happy New Year!
    Isabelle x

  • Rosie

    that’s what I just need T,.T happy new year guys~!

    • Happy new year, as well! xx

  • Great post, beautiful outfit as well, I love it. Thank you for sharing, you look stunning, wish you Happy New Year 2018!!!


    • You’re welcome, Nora. Happy 2018!!

  • These are good tips! Now my youngest is kind of sleeping better I get up a littler earlier in the morning and it’s amazing how productive I can be with some early time to myself! I always used to be an early riser and do my best work in the morning, before kids, haha!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are having a great week! It’s hard to believe there are just a couple of days left in 2017! A happy new year to you.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • That is good to hear. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mica. Have a good 2018!!

  • Laura

    These are such great tips! I love having a few minutes to myself in the morning. It’s such a great way to start each day!

    • It truly is! Thanks Laura 🙂

  • Great ideas! x

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • You sound just like me. When I had my dental office, it was hard to delegate, yet you had to in order to get things done!
    Great advice, because we all need me time!!

  • Dora Cruceru

    I really want to consume less and care about meaningful things more like making memories and spending time with friends

    • Indeed, Dora! Hope you realize your goals for 2018 🙂

  • Dominique

    Love this tips so much! You look absolutely amazing too xx

  • Totally agree with consuming less.

  • Dasynka

    It’s a really good way to take time for ourselves, it’s really so important take some minutes for us 🙂

    Wish you an amazing New Year!

    xx Dasynka

    • Amen to that! That is one of the most important things for me going into 2018 🙂

  • Really great tips, especially to spend less time in social medias.
    Beautiful picture and you look gorgeous!
    Happy New Year!:)


    • Thank you babe! Happy new year! 🙂

  • Great tips and I love the pragmatic and ethical sense, and the overall intelligence of your recommendations. We all have to spend more in the moment and in real life, and to take some me time, I so agree. You look gorgeous as always.
    Happy holidays!

    • Aww that is the sweetest, Elle! Thank you 🙂

  • Jessica Broyles

    I love this and you look absolutely gorgeous!

    • Thank you Jessica. Have a great New Year!!

  • This year I was definitely overwhelmed by the internet and social media. I really enjoy to make some time for myself and read a book while enjoying a cup of tea. I’m new yo your blog and I’m loving it! I made sure to follow you on all your socials so I never miss a post!
    Happy 2018! xx

    • Wow that is so great! Thanks for following along <3

  • Doreen’s Style Diary

    One of my new year resolutions is to put away my electronics and be more present.

    • Amen! I need to do more of that too 🙂

  • Some great tips in there and some that have been penned into my own notebooks lately too. Particularly to actually say no.
    xx Jenelle

    • That is great to hear you have gotten a few notes here. Thank you Jenelle! XX

  • Thank-you for the great tips Jess! Making time for yourself is so important, it can’t be understated!

    I hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve!

    • Thank you Michael <3 Happy new year!!

  • Jennifer Pruna Joyce

    Great post! I think I will need to learn how to unplug. I am a bit addicted to Instagram so…that I will have to work on!

    • Unplugging is so important. We need to learn to live in the moment 🙂

  • Kara Aragon

    Saying “no” is one of the biggest lessons I learned this year. I still feel guilty when I say “no” but I’m going to keep on doing it haha. I love this post & “consume less but consume better” is genius wording that I definitely need to apply to my time. I do have “me time” every day but it’s still usually exhausting. I want to make time for baths & pampering this coming year!

    Kara Aragon

    • Thank you Kara. I am so happy you got a few pointers from this 🙂

  • I really need to become better at being a morning person and having set schedules so that everyday is as productive as possible. Great tips babe. Happy new year! xo, sharon

    • It can take a bit more practice and commitment. But I’m sure you’ll do great, Sharon 🙂

  • Amen to that. Thanks for sharing your insights, Mia <3

  • Thank you so much for sharing all of these great tips, Jess! <3 I really want to be able to make more time for myself this coming year too, so really appreciate this post! 🙂 Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    XO, Elizabeth

    • You are very welcome! Thanks for following along 🙂

  • From Luxe With Love
    • Happy new year as well! Hope you had a fab celebration 🙂

  • Happy New Year! These are all really great tips! I definitely need to make more time for myself this year 🙂 xx

    • Thank you Nevena. Hope you have a fantastic new year ahead of you! <3

  • Jess, these are amazing tips! Unplugged time for yourself is so important and it allows your brain to rest and rejuvenate to be a more productive and efficient person. I take an hour every morning by myself with my coffee. And No is a very powerful and important word to use. I have mastered that skill over the years and what a liberating and empowering thing it is! And I absolutely love #6! Have a routine but remain flexible. Routine is so important. I get all crazy out of sorts if my routine is completely disrupted for too long, but those little interruptions for the sake of flexibility are so important, too. Wishing you a very successful and prosperous New Year!


    • Yes Shelbee. It is important to take a moment to yourself before things get so busy! Thanks for stopping by and happy new year 🙂

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    All of these are such good tips. I really need to schedule more time where I am not connected to social media!


    • Thanks Carrie. I am so glad you found these helpful!

  • mystery user

    🙂 wow, this one really inspires me to work hard on my career as well. so glad you find more ‘me time’ for yourself.

    But with me i am just starting yet so i will kick my ass off and get to work… hopefully by the end of the year i can able to say i need my “me time”.

    • Thank you. Always happy to inspire 🙂

  • Saying “no” is one of the things I am working hard to achieve. To me, it is extremely difficult. Thanks for sharing these useful tips!

    xo Corina

    • You’re welcome, Corina! <3

  • Naty Diaw

    this is amazing!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    You’re so flawless and HOT!!!! This post is awesome. Thanks for the daily dose of inspiration!
    Keep it coming girl! YOU ROCK!
    Much love, Len

    • You’re welcome Len! Always nice to see you around here 😉

  • Fortune Dushey

    OMG! I so needed this post. I too feel like I never have enough time for myself. Great tips.

    • You’re welcome. I am so glad that you could use these tips 🙂

  • Ophelia Tang

    Love all the tips. Speaks truly to me.

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Nice lessons! By the way, pretty pic. 🙂

  • I couldn’t agree more! I need to start creating routines that will help me this year.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Lizzie Florence

    Such fantastic advice! Definitely like the idea of making time for myself in the morning!

    Lizzie |

  • Such good advice! Having me time is so important!
    Cloe X

  • ADA

    All great tips. I agree 1000% with 1, 2, 5 & 6. Plus that photo of you sipping tea is awesome.

  • These are all great tips and I love them! It is hard to find time for yourself in the morning especially if you love extra sleep, but it is doable! I think calming your mind is helpful.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Nicolette

    I love all of these tips. I find running a business challenging with two little ones.

    I am looking forward to your blog tip series.