Being intentional at times can be hard. You can have the greatest intentions to do something for somebody but not quite follow through all the way to the end as you should.
This could simply range from doing the dishes for your parents – you start well by putting all the dishes in the dishwasher but then you get tired or lazy (because it’s chores) and don’t bother wiping the surfaces or sweeping the floor, ensuring that your task is completely finished. It could be that one piece of work you know should do, because it’s due in next week, but you keep putting it off because Made In Chelsea or Pretty Little Liars is on so ‘you’ll do it tomorrow’ and then next thing you know tomorrow is deadline day! We’ve all been there.
Here are a few tips to help you be that bit more intentional each day:
A bit of routine didn’t hurt anybody! Forming daily rhythms and behaviours can make the day that little bit more productive. Try setting a side certain times of the day for specific activities to ensure that they get done.
Make a list
I love making lists! The satisfaction you get from ticking off things from your to-do list. Try writing one the night before of the things you need to do the next day or, if you’re like me and don’t want to be thinking about ‘stuff’ before you go to bed, write a list after you’ve woken up and feel fresh to get the most out of your day. Writing lists can help you stay more focused and be more purposeful.
As we all know, life can be soo busy! During the busyness of life we can forget to rest! For some it may be five or ten minutes, for others it maybe a couple of hours. Regardless of how much time you need, rest is needed so our bodies can recuperate to function through the rest of day. You could read, look out of the window and watch the world the world go by or just close your eyes. Either way, rest is good and important for the sake of our mind and our bodies!
I respect that not everybody reading might be a Christian, but as a Christian meditating on God’s word and spending time in prayer, is vital in being intentional everyday. We ought to be intentional in everything we do because ultimately we want to glorify God.
If you aren’t a Christian, meditate on the positive things that are in and around your life and why not read these scriptures too? You haven’t got anything to lose!
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
1 Peter 5:7 – ‘’Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’’
2 Timothy 1:7 – ‘’For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.’’
Philippians 4:8 – ‘’Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, meditate on such things.’’