Struggling to be intentional with your time, energy, and money?
Of course we all have the same 24 hours in a day but the way we use our time, energy, and money varies. Some people have mastered the art of being intentional while others struggle to stay afloat. Creating a balance between the three can make all the difference in your overall day to day life. Being intentional can help you get closer to the life you desire by completing your goals and bringing true happiness back into your life.
Being intentional means making deliberate choices to reflect what is most important to you. Becoming intentional can help you maintain a positive mindset, reach goals, experience more clarity, create healthy habits, and be more present. It can also increase your focus and commitment and bring more purpose and meaning to your lives.
How to be intentional with your time
Create a schedule and stick to it!
A busy schedule can have you juggling many tasks at once but if you strategically plan it all out you can properly execute and make the most of your time. One way to be more intentional with your time is to create a schedule. Most of us are planner lovers so this should be easy, right? However, we want to make sure we are effectively planning and not just using “fillers. This can be as simple as writing down what you need to do each day or setting aside specific times for certain tasks.
Prioritize & Eliminate distractions
If you’re looking to be more intentional with your time, start setting priorities. Figure out what your values are and what goals you want to focus on. Then it will be easier to make time for what is most important to you. On the flip side you have to consider all things that can hinder your progress. Use the do not disturb feature on your phone, limit your screen time, work while the kids sleep, etc. That way you aren’t easily distracted and you can complete your tasks.
How to be intentional with your energy
Rest & Recharge!
The continuous busy schedule can wear you down and fill you with exhaustion. We work, take care of our family, enjoy the social life, etc. but there comes a time when you have nothing else to give. At this point, you have to take some time out and rest & recharge. One way to do this is to schedule time for ourselves into our week. You decide the duration but let’s say you choose one hour. During these hour-long blocks, it's time to disconnect from technology, relax your body, and clear your mind. Make sure you are alone and away from all distractions. Say your affirmations aloud and get back into a positive mindset.
Sometimes it is hard to say no to people and activities even when our minds and bodies want us to. This only leaves you more tired and resentful. This is why setting boundaries is important. When you intentionally have boundaries you can move in a way that is still aligned with your values and goals. It is not always easy but it is definitely worth it. You have to protect your energy and use it wisely.
How to be intentional with your money
Create a budget!
You have to take charge of your money. Or else you’ll look up with an empty wallet and no clue where your money went. Creating a budget is like having a road map that leads to financial freedom. A budget is a great way to track your income and expenses and even allow you to put money aside for a rainy day. It shows you how much money you can actually spend that month and helps to keep you from overspending. Once you create a habit out of budgeting you can start allocating funds for different purposes.
Live below your means!
Getting ahead financially is hard for many people especially now with the cost of living consistently rising while wages on the other hand are very stagnant. This is why living below your means can come in handy. In simple terms, you have to spend less than you earn. Stop compulsive shopping and using those credit cards for purchases you can’t afford. Being intentional with your money means being mindful of your spending. Before checking out ask yourself if this item is a necessity. If not, wait a few days and see if your urge fades and you’ll realize you don't need it as much and can live without it.