We only have 24 hours in a day, and unfortunately, we can’t extend it at will. But what we can do is to use it intentionally.
What does it mean to be intentional about your time? It boils down to this: cultivating what matters by prioritizing them.
So, how do you find out what’s on top of your list of priorities? Here are some ways that I’ve been able to prioritize and cultivate what matters, through learning, trial and error, and mentoring.
1. Figure out what your values are.
What are you passionate about? What aspect of your life do you cherish the most? What is something that would break your heart, if you lose it today?
It’s important to know what’s important to you and what you value the most, because those are the things that will be on the top of your list of things to do.
For me, I value my relationships, my faith, and any of my list of passions, and so whatever falls into any of those categories will be on the top of my list. For example, I’d prioritize time with my family and friends over my job or career.
2. Set small goals to cultivate them.
Setting big goals and having big dreams are great and admirable! But the most effective and most tangible way to achieve them is to set small goals that will help you get to your desired end result.
One of my weekly goals is to video chat with my boyfriend twice a week, which is especially crucial for us since we’re long distance. But it’s not impossible to do, and video chatting during the week is a doable goal that will contribute in cultivating our relationship so that it thrives.
Small goals are easier to accomplish and even if it doesn’t seem like you’re progressing to fulfill the big dreams and goals, you are, as long as you’re committing to them and consistently getting them done.
3. Set boundaries to protect them and yourself.
There are many people who don’t think boundaries are healthy, because they see them as restrictions, which is true to an extent.
Yes, you’re restricting people or things, but it’s done to protect yourself and your values. To some of you, that may seem bogus or ridiculous, but to me, it’s a great thing.
If one of your values is self-care, and you’re drained and need to recharge after one night out with family or friends, turn down that party or dinner invite. Saying no is a hard but great way to put boundaries in order to protect your health and well-being.
4. Live life intentionally with others!
There is nothing more fun than living life intentionally with other people, and I’m not talking exclusively with family and friends.
This year, I started using a goal-setting planner called Powersheets, and I really encourage you to check it out! It’s helped me set small goals to cultivate what matters. The best part of it is that they have a community on Facebook.
It’s much easier to live life intentionally when you’re doing it with someone else, because you have a person to hold you accountable and to do it together!
It takes time and a lot of trial and error to figure out the best way for you to live life intentionally, but it’s worth it, because your time is valuable and it should only be reserved for the most important things and people in your life!