This was the topic we discussed at this month’s MOPS meeting. It definitely struck a chord with me. Being intentional seems pretty simple, but I have such a hard time actually putting it into practice. As I thought more about the why behind my difficulty, I realized one big reason was that I am not very good about setting achievable goals.
I heard two wonderful and practical words of wisdom that day. The first was to set aside fifteen minutes of time each day to focus on something you intend to do. The item of focus can change, like menu planning for the week, journaling, devotions, or organizing. The goal is to do that thing uninterrupted no matter what and, to actually do it! So plan this time when your kids won’t come barging in, or on a night when none of your TV shows are on. Bottom line–you have to be committed in order to see the results.
The second (my struggle!) was to be realistic and set achievable goals. This can be done by the day, week, or month. For example, I like to set weekly goals like menu planning, weeding my flowerbed, and organizing a certain area of the house. Once you do this for a while, you can see yourself being productive and then you become more comfortable setting your sights higher. It is important to remember that while we moms are multi-tasking masters, we can’t do it all. Sometimes we have to say no to things or people. Being intentional about what you are taking on is critical for you and your family. Over-committed, cranky mommy is never a good sight!
I realize that being intentional can be a scary thing for some of us. That’s ok! That’s why I suggest you start out small and go from there. Everyone can carve out fifteen minutes per day! It’s ok to take baby steps. As long as it’s progress, it counts!
Here are a few of my favorite resources for help in this department…
You can even print out free checklists!
In this book you’ll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, mother of three, and founder of the wildly successful blog MoneySavingMom.com, Crystal Paine has walked the road from barely surviving to living with intention. With the warmth and candor of a dear friend, she shares what she’s learned along the way, helping you:
- Feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries
- Eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home
- Get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline
- Rediscover your passions–and the confidence to pursue them
So… How are you being intentional in your daily life? What are some of your goals? I’d love to hear them!