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There is no two ways about it. I’ve always been more of a “get things done” rather than “go with the flow” kind of person. I have a tendency to overfill my plate and stretch myself too thin. But I’m currently in a season where I feel like God is telling me cut the excess, slow down, and just really dig in to intentional living. And you know what? I actually feel like I can breathe.
Learning to Be More Intentional
I won’t say I’m there yet, not by a long shot. But I have found a few strategies or ways to help me keep my focus on being intentional. So I wanted to share them with you. If you’re anything like me (and heavens knows a lot of you are), this is just what you need as we are in the throes of one the busiest seasons of the year.
1. Narrow Your Focus
Not only am I a “do the things” personality, I tend to be a “do all the things” personality. I find myself wanting to say yes to everything whether it really serves my purpose or not. One of the best ways I’ve found to be more intentional, though, is to narrow my focus. Most of us can really narrow down our passions to 5 main areas (and if you can’t, you should really only focus on 5 or so at a time).
I love using the Passion & Goals sheet for this in the Brilliant Life Planner. The worksheet is a great way to really lay out the areas that hold the most importance for you and set goals based on your passion. This approach has helped me really narrow my focus and establish goals and daily/weekly activities that are in line with my priorities.
2. Feed Your Soul
Discipline is difficult to cultivation. (If you hadn’t realized it, intentionality really requires discipline.) To have the level of discipline we need to be intentional, we need to be inspired and motivated, rather than bogged down with meaningless ideas and stuff. One of my favorite ways to do this is to make a daily practice of reading something that helps me grow. (I’ve always been a reader.) My current favorite is Make It Happen by Lara Casey. It really ties in to this concept of being intentional and using your time well.
3. Schedule Your Priorities
Not only is it important to narrow down your focus when you’re trying to be more intentional, but it’s also crucial to schedule your priorities. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t really have the luxury of pinpointing exact times for things to happen each day (life of a toddler mom). But I do write out my daily to-do list in order of importance. And from there, I’m able to complete a task when I get a chunk of time to work.
That said, though, I do find it important to block out time for those things that are really vital – morning devotions, family dinners, mommy and me dates, date nights, workouts, and even rest. I’ve found that scheduling my priorities in this way helps me to use my time more effectively and knowing what my priorities are allows me to cut out some of the excess. The daily planning section of the Brilliant Life Planner has been great for me for scheduling purposes.
I’m still working on the whole being more intentional and not spreading myself too thin thing, but these strategies have definitely helped. And truth be told, giving myself this space and working on this aspect of my wellness has made a huge difference in even my physical health as well.
I’d love for you to experience the same! If you need a little help getting started, let’s chat. I’d be happy to share a few more of my tips for being intentional with your time and creating a little more room for life to happen for you too.