Somewhere along the way I stopped living life intentionally and inadvertently allowed it to blow me off course. I don’t remember exactly when it happened and I think it was a gradual process that snuck up on me.
At Some point I stopped living life intentionally
I don’t even know when I stopped choosing how and what I wanted to do with my life. I allowed myself, and our family to become passive participants in our own lives, simply blowing in the wind wherever life took us. Instead of setting goals and making daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly plans, we got caught up in the whirlwind of life that blew us off our course.
As a family we stopped setting goals, evaluating our progress,and began to just live life one day at a time accepting whatever or wherever we happened to blow. Our dreams and goals became a distant memory. The responsibilities of taking care of our home and 5 children kept me so busy from the time I woke up until I laid down in the evening that time was passing me by quickly. I just couldn’t grab life by the reigns, until I stopped!
How could I take time out and stop when there was already a shortage of time?
By the grace of God, I realized that I was not getting ahead doing the same thing day in and out and I decided to stop. I tend to be a pretty analytical person so I stopped and let things pile up a bit around me while I watched what others were doing. I looked at people I felt were successful and happy and I paid attention to what was working in their lives.
Successful people had several common traits.
I noticed others who were living life intentionally, set goals, and planned out their calendars and implemented systems to help them function in their day to day lives. Some used a digital calendar, or wrote events and appointments down in a planner, they all seemed to write things down and form an action plan with individual steps broken down. They had routines in place which helped them stay on track and accomplish much more then I felt I was accomplishing without such routinues. I always had a huge list of things I wanted to accomplish but I didn’t check many things off that list.
Slowing down to evaluate your life can really help you get on track.
After taking time to stop and evaluate my life, I decided that though I was not a very structured person and I naturally flew by the seat of my pants, this wasn’t working very well for me. You see we all need to setup routines that help us get more time in an efficient manner and set goals for ourselves for the long and short term.
Have you taught your children to get up wash their face and brush their teeth each day upon waking? Most of us do because we know that when we make something part of our routine we do it without even thinking about what we are doing. We just do it and it’s done!
I decided to start setting an alarm clock each morning instead of getting up whenever I woke up, and to write down my routine’s which I want to implement until they become a thoughtless part of my day.
Another thing that I decided to do was go back to using a planner. In fact I have discovered a whole new hobby in planning! I had good intentions of putting things in my phone and setting reminders, but when I held one child on my hip while chasing after another, as I attempted to schedule my next appointment I found it almost impossible to enter the information into my phone.
I now take reminder cards for appointments that the receptionist hands me and throw them in my purse to add to my planner at the end of the day when I sit down to intentionally plan and look at my next day and upcoming events.
Lessons I have learned About Living Life Intentionally From Observing Others:
- Take time out once in awhile to evaluate how things are going. It is okay, in fact I think it’s necessary to stop and observe and make adjustments to keep your self on track.
- Write your goals down on paper and share them with close friends or family.You won’t achieve goals you don’t set and write down.
- Map out the action steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals. It is so much easier to follow a plan when you have well laid out action steps written down!
- Routines are necessary, helpful, and save you time.
- Put systems in place to make life more manageable. to help you achieve your goals and make life more manageable.
- Be intentional about planning and set aside time each evening to go over your calendar for the next day and upcoming week. This will help you to see what you have to do the next day as well as in the coming week. I promise you when you start living life intentionally you will see a huge change for the better in your life.
We can all implement simple practices to make sure we stay on course!
I hope you all find this article helpful! Living life intentionally as opposed to letting life blow you wherever the wind carries you, feels so much better! Each one of us faces different challenges and all we can do is our best with the life we have. Life can get away from us however doing a checkup each month or once a quarter to see where you are in your plans can make a huge difference and help get you back on course!