It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everyday life and keep doing the same thing over and over while saying, “I need to start___(fill in the blank)___”. Then life will just slip away and it’ll happen fast because life is short! The other option is you can learn to live life with intention and meet your dreams. If you have a hard time doing it for yourself then do it for your family. Show your kids how to live with intention!
First, purchase a planner. The Passion Planner is a great one because it includes goal setting and other things that help you work your way into living your life with intention. Set aside at least 30 minutes one day a week for scheduling. On Friday or Saturday nights I put my kids to bed and then spend 30 minutes planning out my next week.
Start with the things you have to do at certain times like work, doctor appointments, or nap times. Then, look at the times you have left and schedule other things in such as exercise, steps to reaching goals, political actions, errands to run, things you’ve been putting off, meditation, family time, and so on. Make sure you always include a little bit of relaxation time for yourself so you don’t burn out. Fill in every moment of your awake time with things to do. Don’t leave any time slot blank!
keep a running list of things that you’d like to do in order to add it to your schedule when you’re able to. The list will also take anxiety away because you don’t have to worry about forgetting to do things. The list will be long, so categorize things.
Lastly, be patient with yourself and don’t stress. Don’t give yourself excuses for not getting things done in your schedule, but know that it’ll take time to fine tune your scheduling and sometimes other things will come up. Also, don’t get stressed out while you’re trying to stick with the schedule. As long as you’re trying your hardest to stick with your schedule it’ll start working for you.You will get rid of those awful, indecisive, mood killing, waste of time moments. You will find everyday feeling richer and more meaningful. And, if your kids are like mine they’ll appreciate the schedule too. Kids love routine and thrive with consistency.
I’m grateful to my sister-in-law (once again!) and friend Kristy for inspiring me and teaching me how to use the Passion Planner. If you need any help with living your life with intention I can hook you up with Kristy for life coaching or Or myself with health coaching.