Intentional living is a way of thinking about your life that’s purposeful and deliberate. You make conscious choices and decisions to ensure that what you do each day enables you to focus on what’s really important to you. Check out this post for 12 ways to be intentional every day.
WHAT IS INTENTIONAL LIVING?
Living with intention is, without doubt, one of the biggest gifts I can give myself and a mindset shift that really makes a difference to what I get out of life.
It makes me regularly think about my life and perhaps most importantly, asking myself, what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.
Keeping in mind these two questions helps me create the best life I can for myself and my family.
- Focus on things that mean the most to us and that really add value to our lives. These are the things that bring us the most fun, the most joy and the most meaning to life.
- Let go of things that bring us down, distract our minds, clutter up our home and take our attention away from the people and things that mean the most to us.
Read more about what intentional living is (and also what it’s not!).
EXAMPLES OF INTENTIONAL LIVING
Here are some practical, real-life examples of what intentional living means to my family and I:
- We hit the shops when we need to buy something, not just because it’s something to do on a rainy day to stave off the boredom.
- We don’t get tempted by the sales, but instead buy things because we need them and they’ll add value in some way.
- We’re careful with our money. We do buy things and we love going out for dinner, but we live within our means and avoid debt through careless spending.
- I keep an eye on our family diary. If it’s looking too full with not enough free time, then I make a point of cancelling or postponing things until we’re less busy.
- I write a gratitude list every morning because I know it helps me have a better day if I start the day with a positive mindset.
There are many more ways to be intentional and below you’ll find some suggestions for ways to be intentional every day in YOUR life.
Pick and choose what suits you and your family and give them a go! Let me know in the comments at the end of the post how you find them!
12 WAYS TO BE INTENTIONAL
#1 Plan and structure your day
Develop a solid and consistent morning and evening routine. You’ll be able to start and end your day knowing what you’ve got to do, how and when you’re going to do it.
No matter how crazy the rest of your day, you’ll know that your mornings and evenings will be calm, organised and productive because you’ve been intentional about how you structure them.
#2 Be careful with your money
How easy is it to hit the shops when we need a quick pick-me-up or if we’re bored and can’t think of anything else to do?
Everyone needs to go shopping sometimes and it’s lovely to get new things. However, be intentional about what you spend your money on. Don’t buy things or waste your money on stuff that you don’t really need or want.
Check out my post on how to shop with intention.
#3 Declutter your home
Your home is your space but everything in it comes at a price. Either what you’ve paid for it in the first place. Or now in terms of how you spend your time and energy looking after it.
Be intentional about what you keep in your home. Declutter the stuff that you no longer love, need or adds value in some way. Enjoy living in an uncluttered space that’s easier to keep clean and tidy, freeing you up for other things in life.
Check out my post on 20 ways to declutter your home for some decluttering projects to get you started!
#4 Your priorities and goals
How often do you think about your goals and what you want to achieve in life? As a busy person, you might think that your goal is just to get through the day but there’s so much more you can do!
Priorities and goals help us find clarity for what we want out of life. They remind us that we’re still individuals in our own right, as well as being a mum, a partner (and any other of the hundred different hats we wear daily!).
Be intentional about your priorities and goals by checking out this post on how to set goals and achieve them.
#5 Don’t waste time
Time is precious. It’s our most limited resource and the one that we often waste or mis-use the most.
Don’t take on too much, stretch yourself too thin, overbook or double book yourself or say ‘yes’ to things when you’d rather say ‘no’. Be intentional with your time and spend it in a way that’s most important to you.
Check out this post on how to be intentional with your time for some ideas.
#6 Strengthen your relationships
When life gets busy, it’s easy to take the relationships we have with others for granted. We forget or don’t prioritise making the effort to connect and spend time with the people who mean the most to us.
Relationships matter though and to be strong they need work. Be intentional about your relationships. Focus on the ones that are mutually supportive and find ways to distance yourself from the ones that aren’t as beneficial.
Check out this post on how to strengthen your relationship with your partner if you have one. If you don’t a partner, maybe you could think about some other relationships in your life?
#7 Your attitude
How we think about our life, how we make decisions and whether we take action (or not) is all down to our mindset.
Don’t let life pass you by without making the most of it. Not only is this important for you personally, but it’s vital for your kids, for example, to see Mummy being a positive and inspiring role model. Check out this post on why mindset is important.
#8 Your body
We all know the importance of looking after ourselves, keeping fit and eating healthily. But, you don’t have to run the marathon or even commit to a gym membership if it’s not realistic! Instead, just be intentional about how you use your body and what you put into it.
Decide to take more exercise, even if it’s just regular walks with the dog or the kids. Pay attention to the food you buy and feed your family. You’ll have more energy and feel better. Check out my post on meal planning for some inspiration.
#9 Your mind
Pay attention to your mental health, be intentional and aware of your emotions and state of mind. If you’re feeling angry, upset, anxious or overwhelmed, give some thought to what triggered these feelings, how they’re affecting you and what you can do to make them better.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and take up offers of support. Don’t bury your negative thoughts under the carpet and hope they’ll go away. Own them and try to do something about them.
A good first step when you’re feeling low or out-of-sorts, is to write everything down on paper so you can clarify and organise your thoughts and come up with an action plan. Check out my post on how to do a brain dump to declutter your mind for some handy help with this.
#10 Looking after yourself
We so easily put ourselves to the bottom of the priority list. Instead, be intentional about creating some time for yourself and you’ll be a better and stronger person because of it.
Check out my FREE Self-Care Challenge for some daily support, tips and encouragement.
#11 Get organised
Being intentional about getting organised isn’t about just getting organised. It’s about what getting organised can give you.
If you plan and organise yourself more then you can create more time for yourself to do other things. You’re also likely to be less stressed because you’ll feel more in control of your life, what needs to be done, what’s most important. You be able to foresee and avoid most (unfortunately, not all!) problems.
Stop winging it though life and get yourself more organised with this post on 15 ways to make life easier.
#12 Focus on your life
Stop trying to be anything but you! Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing in their life, focus on your own and making it the best life it can be.
Be intentional in creating a great life for yourself. Identify what’s working and what’s not and make changes where they need to be made. This is YOUR life. Be intentional about it!
YOUR NEXT STEP…
Many of the ways to make life easier that we’ve covered in this post are simple and practical.
They’re also about being intentional.
- About your priorities
- Where you spend your resources – time, energy and money
- Getting organised and planning better
If this is something that you struggle with, or you want step-by-step support to make changes quick, then Your Intentional Life is a great place to start.
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