Updated: Sep 6, 2022
Welcome back to another dose of Wellness Weekly! I’m so glad you’re here 😊
This week, we’re focused on something that, unfortunately, many of us lack: being intentional.
If you’ve ever sat on social media doom scrolling for what seemed like 5 minutes but was actually over 50 or got sucked into a binge-watching session when you intended on accomplishing a goal, you’ve fallen into the unintentional time trap.
If you can relate, no worries! We’re human and many of us fall into this trap. It’s not the end of the world and definitely no reason to beat yourself up (which is what I tell myself after I’ve sat on TikTok for an hour instead of getting my to-do list knocked out…)
So, how do we break the habit of being intentional with our time? What does being intentional with our time mean? And why should we try to be as intentional as possible?
First, let’s start with understanding what being intentional with our time means:
Being intentional means to do something with a purpose.
Notice I didn’t define being intentional as “working to accomplish a goal” or “making gains towards a project.”
Being intentional doesn’t mean you’re working all the time! Intentional breaks, rest, and time for fun are all great and completely necessary to sustain a life of using your time intentionally.
By putting intention behind everything you fill your day with, you allow yourself to take back control of your life and accomplish what you wanted to while giving your body the proper form of rest it needs to stay feeling amazing.
So, in order to start living your life intentionally, you’ll want to have your next-level self in the forefront of your mind or in front of you if you journaled it out.
With this next-level self in mind, or your goals if you haven’t created your next-level self, it’s time to analyze your habits.
You can do this by listing them out as the day goes on, brain dumping, or writing down what a typical week full of habits looks like to you. From there, you’re going to decide which habits you’d like to keep and which you’d like to change.
Now, it’s game plan time! Devise a daily system that promotes all the habits, old and new, that you want to perform. For example, if you want to eat a well-balanced lunch while at work, you meal prep the night before.
Next, it’s time to visualize your best day using the habit system you’ve established. Tap into the feelings each habit brings about-> Keep the positive and see if you can switch up the negative until you’ve got the best day EVER.
Finally, the hardest step is to execute. You need to embody this perfect day as your own when visualizing and execute each habit as if you’ve already done it for 67+ days and it’s routine.
It won’t be easy, but once you have intention behind each move you make, your days will look much brighter 💛
Before you go, I want to leave you with one last thing to remember: You are going to mess up during this process- many times- and THAT’S OKAY! The fact that you’re making progress towards your goals despite any setbacks will get you MUCH farther than giving up because you failed once.
Keep going and stay well 🌿