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It’s all too easy to drift mindlessly through the day. Between external pressures and constant distractions, many of us never pause to reconsider how we spend our time. But even if living intentionally doesn’t come naturally to you, it’s well worth the effort to make it a habit. Here’s why. Living intentionally means consciously deciding what to do with your time. It’s easy to get trapped in a constant cycle of reacting to outside events, but living this way can leave you feeling frustrated, unfulfilled, and unproductive. Living intentionally lets you take back control over your time and attention.
It’s not easy to stay productive when you’re feeling distracted, harried, or anxious. But when you practice living with intention, your focus stays intact, no matter how busy you are. Choosing what to do with each hour helps you feel less stressed while making the most of your time at work and at home.
- Take Time to Center Yourself Regularly
If you notice that you’re feeling scattered or frazzled, stop what you’re doing for a second. Take a few deep breaths and turn your attention to the present moment. Ask yourself, “What do I need to be focusing on right now?” Give that one thing all of your attention, keeping your mind in the present.
- Focus on Your Health
Your health makes a big impact on your overall well-being and productivity, so make a conscious decision to prioritize it. Eat well, get enough sleep, and get some exercise every day. Even small lifestyle changes can make a difference in your mood and energy levels. It is easy to be so busy that we don’t do the little things that impact us so much. Focus on one of these at a time if they are a struggle for you until they become a part of your routine.
- Rethink Your Habits
Do you spend a lot of time on Netflix, social media, or video games? Most of us have some mindless habits that can eat up a lot of time. In moderation, it’s okay to enjoy these activities. But if you aren’t happy with how much time you lose to these mindless habits, it might be time to cut back. Decide how much time you’re willing to spend on these activities every day, and set a timer to remind yourself when it’s time to stop. You might need to spend a few days tracking how much you actually spend on these areas to determine what your next step should be. You might be surprised how much time you give away to areas that are not where you want to spend your time. These habits in and of themself are not terrible, unless they are keeping you from other things you need to do.
- Allocate Your Time Wisely
We all get twenty-four hours every day, but if you use your time well, it can feel like much more. Take a few minutes every morning to decide what you want to accomplish and when. Making a to-do list can help keep you on track. This simple tip can increase your everyday productivity dramatically. You might even want to plan the night before. Find which works best for you so you can plot out your day.
If you want to make the most of your time, living intentionally is a must. Make a habit of being intentional with your time and attention, and you’ll become happier, more productive, and more mindful.
What will you spend your time on today? What do you need to accomplish to feel like you are moving in the right direction at a pace you feel confident in?