Do your days ever run together so much that you’re left at the end of the week wondering where the time went and confused about what you actually accomplished? Did you enter into the weekend with the realization that your to-do list was not even close to completed?
It is okay to find yourself in these scenarios every so often, but if it becomes a pattern that has you stressed and wanting to make a change, think about intentionally becoming…well, more intentional. You’ll see the difference when you do. Here’s how to start:
What to know about being intentional
Living with purpose has its benefits because you’re curating and living a life that is full of meaning for you. It ends up translating to a fulfilling life that greatly improves your attitude, stress level and relationships with others. When we wander through our life aimlessly, we may find ourselves more often in situations that make us unhappy or unsettled.
How to begin living intentionally
It’s simple in theory and just takes a little bit of finesse to adjust to your new way of living. First, start with truly engaging with people. For example, instead of thinking of what you want to say next as your co-worker is speaking, actively listen and take in what they’re saying. Your interactions will shift from having a transactional feel to feeling like they have more meaning, even if the conversation is about work.
You can also try these tips:
- Every morning think about what you want to accomplish and how you want to feel when the day is over. Then, with that in mind, conquer your day in such a way that you can meet that intention.
- When you find yourself in a scenario where you have a choice to make, take the time to evaluate your options. This can serve to empower you in other areas of your life.
- Write down your goals. Follow the S.M.A.R.T goal criteria by making sure your goals are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.
- Be observant of the world around you and act as you see fit. This can mean holding the door for the elderly or buying a coffee for a stressed-out mom.
Being intentional is a lifestyle shift that will do wonders for your mental health. You can also expect to feel more productive and better equipped to handle curveballs that come your way. If you want help being more intentional or you want to improve your goal-setting skills, call and make an appointment with Jenny Bair, Life Coach, at (972) 930-0260.