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5 ways to be Intentional

There seems to be an acceptance and even of pride when we are able to describe our day or life as busy.    Busy seems to be a title that we wear with pride.  You can ask anyone “How are you?”.  100% of the time the answer would be “I am good and so busy.”  Is that what we really want to achieve out of this life?  To be busy?  I am sure that none of us want to reach the end of lives and think that all we have accomplished is being busy.

What can we do to change our perspective and transform the way we approach our priorities and time to bring about meaningful and significant outcomes?  The shift in our mindset starts with being intentional.  To be intentional with what we do with our time and energy.  To be intentional with how we align our priorities with time and energy.  To be intentional with completing the important goals and not to be distracted.

What can we do to be intentional?

  • Know what you want to achieve.  The starting block is always having a goal in mind.  Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals.  If you are starting from ground zero, start small.  Start with a daily goal.  That’s right, just ONE goal.  For example, to complete a report by end of the day.   Be specific in what you want to achieve.
  • Be intentional in how you plan out the day.  With that goal in mind, set aside the time to complete it.  Move your schedule around if you have to.  There is a need to put structure around achieving the goal.  Protect that time to achieve it.  You might even have to say “NO” to other people which could be the first for you.
  • You are in charge of your schedule.  It might seem like a foreign concept to most of us when our schedules and priorities are determined by others.  However, the truth is that you and I are in control.  If you do not take charge, then you are going to be busy and aimless.  Be intentional in one the part of the day that is for you and only you to complete your goal.  For example, set aside 30 – 60 minutes in your schedule just for you.  It might mean that you have to get up at 6am to get that time, do it.  It is more satisfying to know that you have accomplished something that you have set out than just going through the daily busyness and wondering at the end of the day, what happened?
  • Get use to saying NO.  The ability to say NO is crucial.  One of the first words any child utters would be NO.  To decline to “help” someone might seem so cruel and unhelpful, however, by saying Yes is being cruel to yourself.  Of course, I am not saying don’t ever help, just be selective in what you say Yes to.  By all means, help when you can and are able.  Just bear in mind that you do have a choice.
  • Reflect at the end of the day.  Time of reflection is a great way to build the “Intentional” muscle.  It requires practice and changes as we progress.  Time of reflection gives us opportunities to improve, to be grateful and thankful as well as to motivate us to continue to grow.

To be intentional takes time and effort.  The starting point is to start.  My favourite Yoda saying “Do or do not.  There is no try.”  There is a simple truth in that.  To be intentional requires doing.  Don’t try to be intentional, Be Intentional.

3 tips to end the year on a high note

It’s almost the end of another year.  Most of us would have this nagging feeling or thought “Another year and what have I accomplished?”.  I do believe that everyone started the year with great hope and expectation of many great achievements and successes.  However, I am also certain, that most of us are now in the category of “Where did all that time go?” and “Oh No! I have not achieved what I had set out at the start of the year.”  Don’t worry, all is not lost, we have 6 more weeks to go to end the year on a high.

So let’s get cracking:

  1. Review or set up some goals to end the year.  If you started the year with some goals in mind, look at them and remind yourself what they are and see if it’s still relevant or not.  If they are, then put a 6 week plan in place to achieve it.  If you did not start the year with any goals in mind for fear of not achieving any, then I would have to say well done cause you did achieve that goal.  However, if you now feel that maybe I would like to end the year knowing that I achieved at least ONE thing, then write that ONE thing down.
  2. Create a structure and a plan to achieve the goals.  Create an action plan and put structures around that to help you achieve it.  Most of you would know what an action plan would be and look like, and I would like to add structure to that plan.  That would mean scheduling it into your calendar, setting up alarms to get you going, putting up post-it notes to remind you and so on.  Structure supports the action plan by ensuring that you are reminded as well as setting aside the time to make it happen.
  3. Be your own cheerleader or find someone you  can be accountable to.  To achieve any goal, requires not just discipline and commitment but also motivation.  Set up your own mini reward system.  For example, I started the year with a goal of achieving a score of 100 or below in golf.  I am now at 101 and for that I rewarded myself with a mini “gift”.  I have also decided that once I have achieved my goal, I have a bigger reward in place for that.  Sometimes, having a reward in place can be a great motivation for you to just push that little bit harder.  Better yet, be accountable to someone and you can be one another cheerleader.

The shorten time frame can be a good thing as it gives you a sense of urgency.  This can spur you on and might be enough to help you meet your goals.  Don’t waste time, you can still create a win for yourself.  Ending the year on a high means that you start the new year on a high and you never know where that would lead you to next.  Don’t end the year wishing or regretting that you did not do this or that.  There is still time to make it happen.  So just do it.