I find myself scratching my head more and more wondering where the time goes. I feel like it was just yesterday, I was graduating High School, dreaming of the future – blink – and the future is now, those dreams are here.
As the years tick by, my biggest fear is that I make the mistake of not savoring my time on this precious earth.
Think about it, we wake up to the buzz of an alarm clock, and rush off to start our day. We make to-do lists and check off tasks, we overbook ourselves, and live by control of our schedules. But what does this all really mean? Are the things you are spending your precious time on, things that bring you joy? This question has been on my heart lately, and I’ve made it a point to make sure I am putting time for joy as a priority.
Intention. Living with intention vs out of habit or aimlessly. Making a focus to spend time intentionally, have intentional conversations, living with purpose. Now, I am by no means an expert at this – but here are 3 simple ways to live more intentionally.
3 Ways to Be Live More Intentionally With Your Time
Wake Up Earlier, Set Aside Time For Yourself
By intentionally setting aside time for yourself in the morning, you make sure that you are taken care of before all of life’s other to-do’s.
Your morning time can be whatever will set you up for success. Some mornings I need a workout or a run, other’s I need devotional time, or quiet time to get down all of my thoughts. Here are some ideas for setting aside morning time for yourself:
- Tea and Gratitude Journal
- Your favorite workout
- A long run with a podcast
- Devotional time
- Take time to read
Whenever I take morning time to focus on myself and do one of these activities, I find myself feeling more centered and recharged for the day – able to focus my intention fully on other areas.
Focus on detaching from technology
Detaching from technology shouldn’t be as hard as it is, but that’s the reality of the world we live in. My job is to be connected to technology all day, this blog relies on technology, and in my free time I find myself mindlessly scrolling through my social apps.
If you intentionally take the time to really detach from technology you will start to see things differently. Your relationships will flourish, conversations will improve, and you’ll start to really pay attention to the task or person you are spending time with.
Here are some simple ways you can detach from technology:
Make time blocks where you have a no phone rule. In our house we have a no phone at the dinner table, and no phone during date night rule. This helps us focus our intention on one another and enjoy a meal or date without distraction.
Sleep with your phone in another room. I promise, this is possible. Spend $10 on an alarm clock and leave your phone in the kitchen when it’s time to hit the hay. If you suffer from insomnia like I do, you won’t be tempted to reach for your cell and start scrolling through Facebook, only to find yourself 2 hours later wide awake and engaged in a social media debate on whether the dress was gold or blue. Your body needs quality rest, start making your bedtime routine more intentional and detach yourself from technology.
Set specific social media time. Give yourself restrictions on when you scroll Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. If you are out to lunch during a non social media time, you’ll still be able to eat your lunch without your followers getting a picture update. Set time blocks where you allow yourself to scroll or check emails. All other time outside that block, focus your intention on all of the life that’s happening real time in front of your eyes.
Practice being present
Practice being present. Sounds simple enough, right? The tips leading up to this point are all ways to help us be more present with our time. By detaching from technology, or setting aside me time for yourself, your mind will be less cloudy, less likely to be listing off to do’s or flooded with distraction.
Whatever time of day or task at hand, practice being present in that moment.
We have 1,440 minutes in a day. 1,440 opportunities to live with more intention. Make them count.
As I work to live with more intention, detach from technology, and take time for myself – my favorite accessory has quickly become my JORD Wooden Watch. For so long, I relied on my phone to keep track of time. But with that, comes the temptation to mindlessly scroll aps, start texting a friend, or get distracted by emails.
By making time to ditch my phone and use my JORD watch to help me keep track of minutes, I am able to focus on being present and living with intention in the moment.
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