Being intentional is about bringing a commitment, focus, determination and attention to something important to you. If you want to be intentional every day you need to get clear upfront about what you want to achieve and then take action on achieving it.
We humans easily get distracted and change our mind over things we set as our priorities, not because we planned not to achieve them but sometimes we are not just intentional about these things we need and we let little things steal that motive of achieving these aims away from us.
In this article, I will be sharing with you 5 tips on how to be more intentional with your time and life:
1. Practice Doing Nothing
In the modern world, we all feel the need to constantly be busy or ‘hustling’.
But we should resist the urge to manipulate experiences. Rediscover rest, do things you enjoy with no clear end goal or future purpose, like walks or playing video games.
2. Pay Yourself First
Do your most important activity – the thing you are doing for yourself – first.
Most of us try to fit these activities in at the end of the day when all other work / family commitments are done.
Prioritise yourself in the best hours of your day.
3. Limit Your ‘Work in Progress’
Stop trying to get things done all at once and limit time in progress.
A good way to achieve this is to operate a two-column open and closed list:
Open list = all tasks, to do’s and projects
Closed list = most important tasks (a maximum of 10)
4. Decide When to Fail
We are inevitably going to fail at some things.
Identify the stuff you absolutely have to do like paying bills and taxes. Then decide where you want to just do the bare minimum – a failure you are happy to accept.
5. Single task
When you have your list of things to do, focus on one big project at a time until you complete it.
Choose the bigger tasks first instead of small, easily tasks, this can actually make things more efficient.
We don’t need to do 18 things at once.