It can be hard. Life — especially in the 21st century — comes at you fast.
You’re constantly bombarded by information from social media, advertisements, and everything in between. It can feel like you’re always on alert, trying to stay informed about the latest trends and hot topics so that you don’t miss out on anything. 🥵
If you are anything like me, then you definitely value living a good life. You know that the little things count and that it’s not just about working hard, but also about playing hard too.
Intentional living is the practice of intentionally making decisions that align with your values instead of letting outside forces dictate your actions.
Intentional living is more than just putting your ducks in a row – it’s about creating an abundant and fulfilling life for yourself. 🦆
It means choosing to live deliberately, thinking through your choices, and focusing on what matters most to you. Intentional living is a process of continually identifying your goals and re-evaluating them as new circumstances arise.
It’s committing yourself to being the best version of yourself on a daily basis. And the best news is that you don’t need to give up any of your inherent activities or interests in order to incorporate intentional living into your life.
In an age where we are all scrambling to keep up with what everyone else is doing, intentional living offers a breath of fresh air and a much-needed break from unhealthy stressors. 😔
If you want to live a more balanced life, read on to discover why intentional living is the best thing you can do for yourself right now.
Set your intentions for the day, week and month – Intentional Living 101
Every day, set some intentions for yourself.
What do you want to get done? What do you want to accomplish? What type of mindset do you want to put yourself in? 🤔
Your intentions for the day can help you to stay focused on what is important and to avoid getting caught up in any unhelpful activities or thoughts.
Your intentions for the week are important for setting the tone for your week and giving yourself some structure. It may sound rigid, but having a set schedule can help you to get more done. 🤷♀️
You should also set some intentions for the month so that you can plan out your schedule and make sure that you are on track with your long-term goals.
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Declutter and organise your life
We have all heard that ‘ A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.’
The same can be said of a cluttered life. If you have tons of stuff lying around that you have no room or need for, then it’s likely that you are struggling to make time for pursuits that are important.
Making time for things that help you grow as an individual can be challenging if you are bombarded with commitments that are unimportant to you and your development. 😬
Clutter can be anything from material possessions to thoughts and emotions.
You can start to declutter your life by writing down some of the things that you feel are holding you back from growing.
Mental clutter can be cleared by getting rid of distractions and changing your mindset so that you are less likely to be affected by it. 😌
Spend time with people who support you
You can’t please everyone and you shouldn’t even try.
When you are in your early 20s, you are likely to be going out and spending time with all sorts of people, whether you know them well or not.
People can influence you differently; some can be positive, whereas others can be negative. 😒
It is extremely important to be selective with the people that you spend time with. That doesn’t mean that you have to be rude and shun everyone who doesn’t ‘meet your standards’.
It just means that you should be mindful of who you allow into your life. You should be spending time with people who have a positive influence on you – people who encourage you to grow and who support you in your ambitions. 💕
Take care of your mental health.
Mental health is something that is often overlooked in the world of instant gratification and instant results.
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of ‘I want to be happy now!’ instead of committing to the long-term changes that need to happen in order to achieve the happiness that lasts more than a couple of minutes or hours. 🤨
Mental health might not seem relevant to your daily life, but it can actually have a serious impact on your productivity and general well-being if it’s neglected.
You should be mindful of your mental health by committing to a consistent exercise routine and a healthy diet. 🏃♀️
You should also set aside time to totally unplug from the stresses of modern life. It is also important to reduce the amount of stress in your life as much as possible.
Stress is the enemy of happiness and productivity.
Commit to a cause that is important to you
By committing to something bigger than yourself, you will not only be helping others but you will also be helping yourself.
When you dedicate yourself to helping others, you stop thinking about yourself and your problems for a bit. You start to focus on the needs of others and this will help you realise that you are not alone.
There are others out there that are in need of something. Whether that is companionship or just a listening ear. 🤗
You can choose to commit to anything that you are passionate about. It can be anything from working with animals to helping out at a homeless shelter.
It is important to remember that you do not have to commit to something permanently to be helpful. You can commit yourself to a cause for a specific amount of time and then move on when you feel that you have done everything that you could. ❤️
Be mindful of your time and energy
A lack of time is one of the reasons that people give for why they don’t live more intentionally. 👀
However, the truth is that people waste a lot of time in their daily lives without even realising it. You can combat this by being mindful of the things that are eating up your time. Because at the end of the day, there is time. You just have to make what you want a priority.🤷♀️
When you are spending time on certain activities, you should be asking yourself why you are doing them and how they are helping you to reach your goals. The same goes for your energy.
You have a finite amount of energy for each day and it is important that you are aware of how you are using it.
Don’t hold yourself to impossible standards
It is good to have high standards for yourself, but you need to be realistic with them. 👈
If you are always expecting more from yourself than you reasonably can achieve, then you will end up feeling unproductive, frustrated and down on yourself.
There will be days when you don’t meet your expectations and other days when you do. There will be ups and there will be downs. That is the nature of life. 🥲
Don’t make yourself feel bad when you don’t live up to your standards. Instead, just recognize that it happens and then move on. That’s the thing with living intentionally. It is a continual process.
You don’t just one day decide to live that way and then forget about it the next day. It is a daily choice that you have to make.
Intentional Living – Conclusion
Intentional living is all about making conscious choices and focusing on what truly matters.
It’s about taking the time to identify our priorities and focus on achieving our goals. It’s about understanding what makes us happy and pursuing it with intention.
Intentional living also means taking the time to reflect, appreciate the little things, and savor life’s moments. 💛
It’s about recognising the power of small acts, like taking a walk in nature, spending time with family and friends, and having meaningful conversations.
It’s about understanding that our time and energy are limited resources, so we should use them wisely.
Intentional living is all about creating a life that reflects our true values and priorities. And it can lead to a more meaningful, joyful, and fulfilling life – which is what you deserve. 🤗
So if you want to make the most of your life, why not start living intentionally? You’ll be amazed at how much better life can be when you focus on what really matters.
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