As we grow older, we realize that life is indeed short. One hour used to be very long when you were waiting for a class to end, but now that you’re working, it goes by without you realizing it. And because there is no way to extend the hours we have each day, it is important that you are only using your time on things that truly matter. In short, it’s time to live intentionally.
To do that, check these things:
Are you spending your time keeping in touch with friends who have your best interest at heart? These are the people who deserve to be part of your life, not those who just make you feel bad about your achievements or position in life. Remember that your true friends will not judge you for how much you earn or why you choose not to have a child. If they don’t support your decisions, it’s time to cut them out of your life.
Your self-care routine
Aside from applying moisturizer for dry skin, are you also applying eye masks and sunscreen? Part of living with intention is understanding that you should prioritize yourself first. This means caring about how you look. This doesn’t mean that you are superficial; rather, it means you would like to present yourself in a way that will bring out your confidence and highlight your natural features.
It’s not just the physical aspects of self that you need to focus on. You also need to take better care of your overall wellbeing. This means eating healthier food and taking enough rest. This also means stepping away from situations that make you anxious. It might not be that easy to do this, but you can start by tracking your mood and listing what caused that mood. If you notice that a certain food or activity is affecting you positively or negatively, you can then decide if you should keep or remove them from your life.
Living with intention means doing things that will have an impact on your life rather than just going with the flow. A huge part of this has to do with your spending habits. Social media is really good at making you feel like you need an overhyped product, and you may be persuaded to buy it because of easy online shopping processes. But at the end of the day, these may be wasteful purchases if they don’t align with your intentions.
Your finances, your wellbeing, and your friends should all work together to help you achieve your goals. Therefore, this is one of the most important things to check to live with intention. Know what you want to achieve in the next year, in five years, and in the distant future. Ask yourself what you want to be or how you want to feel when you reach your retirement age. These will guide you in removing parts of your life that do not align with your goals.
After knowing your goals, it’s time to build the habits that will get you there. Establish your systems so that even on your bad days, you will still know what to do and why you are doing it. This lessens the mental strain of having to make a decision every day, which increases your focus. For example, if you know that having a healthy breakfast will improve your mood, this will be a system that you will not hesitate to do, which makes it easier to go about your day.
You have time, but are you using it wisely? Think about your priorities and start living with intention today.