A key principle in productivity is that if you don’t take control of your time, someone else will take control of it for you.
Every endeavour in self improvement requires establishing a habit, and a key part of that habit is allocating time to focus on that habit above all else. Considering a regular workout routine, or a habit of reading daily. To get these habits to stick, you first have to be the master of your time, and master is the correct word here. You need to be ruthless, and make sure everyone around you understands it is your time, and it is more valuable. Don’t let them make you feel guilty for it. When its all said done, what are the chances you’ll regret not clocking in more time for someone else? Remember, its an investment in your life, and interestingly, by ruthless in your time, you can come out of it all, more able to help those around you, because you put yourself first.
I find one way to make this stick is to remember the safety advice when you get on a flight:
“Fit your oxygen mask before helping others.”
Look after yourself first, so you can help others later.