November 16, 2020

How To Get Intentional With Our Time — Even When Life Gets Busy

No matter who we are, where we live, or what we do, life inevitably gets busy.

If we’re not careful, we can quickly get caught up in the many things that compete for our time and attention that don’t necessarily add value to our lives. In what feels like a blink, we can find ourselves in an unhealthy, unproductive cycle of feeling like there simply isn’t enough time in any given day to focus on the people and things that matter most. 


At WellVisor, we know how important it is to periodically and purposefully slow things down a bit. We are all perpetual works in process. To get the results we want, we have to do more than just better manage our time. To make sustainable change in our lives, we must condition ourselves to be more intentional with how we spend our time. 


Intentional Time Management Can Have a Significant Impact on Our Lives


Like every WellVisor practice, intentional time management isn’t mastered overnight. Intentionality takes time and is best built up slowly and steadily, using a step-by-step approach. Some useful tips and suggestions on how to maintain a steady focus on intentional living include:


Determine Priorities 

It’s critical to note that every one of us has the authority to identify our own individual list of priorities. Take the time to dig deep into what matters most. When developing a list of priorities, resist the urge to itemize tasks and to-dos. Instead, focus on the people, practices, and activities that define personal core values and goals. 


Find Current Time-Wasters 

Pinpointing the distractions and time-wasters in our life can play a huge role in helping us get more intentional with our routines and behaviors. At WellVisor, we firmly believe that most things in moderation aren’t inherently bad for us. But it’s important to pulse check to see if we are spending excessive amounts of time on Facebook, binge-watching television shows, or pouring into unhealthy relationships. Taking a quick inventory of where we are spending most of our time can help us designate places we can cut back and modify. 


Identify Self-Sabotage

Sometimes, we (and our thoughts) are our own worst enemies. As we’ve already mentioned, the best way to change behavior with long-term results is to change your mindset. It’s essential to adopt a positive attitude that eliminates negative, self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. The first important step in defeating self-sabotage is to recognize that we deserve positive growth and change. 


Plan Ahead

It’s true what they say: “We make time for the things that are important to us.” One of the best ways to get more intentional with our time is to think about some of the ways we want to spend it. Blocking off chunks on our calendar allows us to plan ahead for success. 


Celebrate the Small Victories

Change is hard, and it doesn’t happen overnight. As we spend our time more mindfully, it’s important to celebrate even the smallest victories to encourage ourselves to keep moving forward. 


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