Motivation

Living Intentionally When You’re Busy


You’re not just filling up your schedule, you’re creating memories and a legacy. You’re writing the story of your life. BOOM! Did that hit you as hard as it did me? I read this on the internet last week and it stopped me in my tracks. I usually am REALLY good at remembering this but lately I’ve let work suck me in and I’ve let everything else fall to the wayside.

What does it mean to live intentionally when your schedule is full? How does one live intentionally when your schedule is full? I’m still working on it but this past week I’ve managed to carve more time for myself, my friends and my marriage, which is something that has been missing in my life since February!

1. You have choices.
It’s really easy to say you have no choice because you HAVE to do A,B and C but if you’re honest with yourself during busy times, there are things that don’t have to be done. You don’t have to do a second load of laundry if your child wants to play with you; stop and play with them. It’s okay to do the bare minimum during busy times.

2. Take a good look at yourself and who you want to become.
Examining who you are and what you want in your life is something that should be done regularly but it’s easy to forget about yourself. Get a strong handle on your passions, abilities, and weaknesses. It’s one of the most valuable things you can do.

3. Think about the big picture.
When you’re on your death-bed will you remember all those dishes you did or those reports that got you praise from your boss? Probably not. What you will remember is those impromptu fun date nights with your spouse or the family get-togethers that leave you in stitches.

4. Stay focused on that big picture.
Living intentionally is HARD work but remembering the big picture, that relationships and making memories matter and doing one last project for work isn’t going to make or break your career is vital to living intentionally.

5. Spend time with your friends and family while doing those things that need to be done.
Work or housework can be a time suck that can feel like it HAS to be done but I bet you could have the kids help you with laundry or the housework or put on some music or a DVD and have a cleaning party with your spouse.

Deciding to live your life is the easiest and hardest thing you can do. When schedules are busy it can be easy to forget what’s important to you but remembering that you are 100% in control of your life can be life changing.The worst thing you could ever waste is your life. Instead, commit yourself to live intentionally.

So tell me, how do you manage to live intentionally when life is crazy? What are your priorities when things become crazy? Do you have any goals or dreams you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them!

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12 thoughts on “Living Intentionally When You’re Busy

  1. It’s very much the opposite for me right now. This is our slow time so I find myself planning vacations and creating lists and relaxing. I will definitely need these tips are summer draws closer, though, because that’s when my workload explodes!

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  2. Love this. I am always so busy and go, go, go. It stresses me out and stress turns to not feeling good… crappy situation all around. I am trying SO hard to give myself slack, especially on weekends when I feel like I need to do ALL the laundry and ALL the dishes and clean everything.

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    1. Glad I could remind you of the most important things in life, Julie. It can be hard to keep the big picture in focus when you’re busy with every day life. I’m still learning, too!

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  3. I agree with much of this. I think it’s important to make the best of life, because you might look back someday and wish that you had appreciated this time more.

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  4. This post speaks to me so much, especially this week!! It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘To-Do’ lists that we forget to just live and enjoy life!! I have more balanced weeks but other weeks where I just caught up with ‘meaningless’ things like washing the dishes or folding the laundry. It’s a constant exercise in mindfulness for me to bring myself back in the moment to appreciate what I’m doing but also recognize the bigger picture and where I want to be wasting my energy. Deep breathing and meditating has been a great tool to practice mindfulness throughout the day!

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    1. I love that you recognize when you’re not being mindful. I’m getting better at it, but I’m still learning. I also love that you incorporate deep breathing and meditating. It’s something I’m still working on!

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