Everyone wants to live intentionally. No one wants life to pass them by and, at the end of it, realize that they weren’t really present for the key moments.
But it’s hard to be present all the time. It’s hard to put life’s troubles, tasks, and to-do lists on hold and just live. I wish I could tell you that there’s a simple secret to living life to its fullest and taking advantage of it every day, but that’s something I’m still trying to figure out and grow in every single day.
That being said, there are some wonderful ways to make sure that you’re continuing to grow and remaining present daily.
I am a huge fan of journaling every chance I get. It’s truly one of the best ways to remember the highlight reel of your life and keep track of all the joys.
While I recently tried out the Five Minute Journal and fell in love with it, there are more journals out there that can help you be productive while still living in the moment.
The Best Year Journal is one of the best journals that helps you remain present while also getting your shit done.
Each page outlines your daily plan, focus area, goal, supporting actions you can take, resources, timeline, and reward. Basically, if you love lists and love to break down how you’re going to conquer your day, this journal is your new dream. It’s made by the same creators as the Five Minute Journal, it just focuses more on being present and intentional with your goals than on mindfulness.
This journal can help transform the way you approach work and help you achieve your goals in a mindful and brilliant way.
Identify Your Core Values
Another way to practice intentional living is to know what you care about the most, and then pour yourself into those passions. You can’t live intentionally and give all of yourself to everything you try. Don’t overextend yourself; instead, make a list of the things that feed your soul and that you want to invest your time into.
Once you’ve made that list, your life suddenly becomes much easier to handle, and anything that’s not on the list but still drains you can be cut from your life.
The key to intentional living is to only live for the things that bring you joy.
Declutter Your Life
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There is never a time when decluttering your life and cleaning up your surroundings will be bad for you. Marie Kondo that shit and get anything physical or mental out of your life that’s not serving you. Just like you can’t thrive with a messy room, you also can’t thrive with a messy brain or schedule. Get your priorities straight and stop wasting space on anything that doesn’t serve you.
You can also look into ways to clean that will benefit your house and your brain. Spring cleaning is a mental exercise that your entire body and life can benefit from.
Embrace the Challenges
While I’d love to promise you that decluttering your life and getting a laser focus on your goals will rid you of any problems you might face, it won’t.
Living intentionally is difficult for a reason. Not many people do it and it is easier to get distracted and not pursue your goals all the time.
When you feel like life is against you and nothing seems to help you on your way to success, that’s usually the time right before everything goes right and you hit a breakthrough. Don’t let the world or its circumstance deter you from living intentionally. This is a form of living that not many people achieve in their lifetime, so it goes against the grain of society. But I promise, it’s a lifestyle worth living.
Have you tried this journal before? What did you think about it? Comment below!
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