Living with Intention

by Betty Lochner on January 6, 2016

intentionThe last few weeks have been filled with events, celebrations, and a lot of time off work.  It’s been wonderful, but this week it’s back to my routine. My routine. Right.  You mean the one that has me staying up til midnight watching Netflix with my husband, then slogging through work and saying no to new opportunities because I’m just “too busy?”

Nope. That routine doesn’t reflect what I want my new year to be like.  This year I want to take charge of my priorities and live with more intention.  And that’s my word for the year: INTENTION.  It represents what I want to focus on this year.

So, my first priority for this year is to rethink how I spend my time and be more intentional with my routine.

Here’s how I’m going to do that:

1. Make a plan.

2. Follow the plan.

That may seem a bit oversimplified, but basically that’s it.  I bought a new planner and have written down my plan.  It includes changing up my morning and evening routine to get more rest and time for reflection.  Formulating and then writing down the plan is the key to success here. When you write your priorities and goals down,  studies show that you will have about a 70% better chance of meeting them.  When priorities aren’t written down, what we make time for determines our priorities instead of the other way around: setting our priorities and spending time on meeting those goals. For example, binging on Netflix on a regular basis is not in the plan. It’s not my priority this year.  Getting to bed on time and waking up refreshed is.

I have a new am/pm routine that includes setting my clock in the evening and following an evening routine (setting my clothes out, making my lunch, checking my work schedule); and a morning routine (getting up on time, spending morning time reviewing my planner, setting my goals, and doing my Bible study.)

I’m a few days in and so far I’m following the plan. What helps is reviewing my goals every single morning and again every single night.  I’ve also written my word, “INTENTION,” in my planner and on my white board at work and at home.  Seeing my word regularly reminds me to stick with the plan and to take charge of my time.

I challenge you this week to pay attention to how you are spending your time. Is what you are doing with your time reflecting your goals? Are you setting priorities, or is how you spend your time doing that for you?

Please share your thoughts, join the conversation and share your own word for the year on my Facebook page!

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Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transform your life at work and at home, 52 Communication Tips, and Gladie’s Gift.  To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings visit our website.

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