Making My Life Easier – Starting with intention
Last week I wrote about how even as adults, we sometimes do things the hard way instead of taking the time to make our lives easier. When I look at my own life, I realize I would benefit from being more organized, but I have been fairly good about adding other things like gratitude, being a benefit-finder and savoring to my day. However, I know there is more I could do to make my life easier. Writing about this motivated me to think about what changes I could make in my day and I told you I would share a change this week. So here it goes….
I will take 5 to 10 minutes to start my day with intention. This will include 5 deep breaths to clear and calm my mind. Then I will consider what is going on that day. If I will be spending time with my daughter, I will remind myself why this is important and how I want to be when I am with her. As a Mom, I want to create meaningful memories, and I want to be patient and loving. If the day includes mostly getting work done on my business, I will again remind myself why this is important and how I want to be when I am thinking about my business. For example, I will remind myself that the information I share can help people change their lives for the better and that when I am spending time on my business I want to enjoy the journey and not feel anxious and worried about all the “what if’s.” Whatever is happening in my day, I will reflect on these questions. A few moments of being intentional will make my day go smoother and make it easier for me to live my life the way I want.
Yet, it’s funny how hard it is to even set aside those 5 minutes. There is always a distraction or some other priority; cleaning up the dishes, reading an article, responding to an email. But now that I’ve written it down and made it public, studies show I am much more likely to stay committed. So I invite you to write down your commitment to make a small change to make your life easier and better below.
Tina Hallis, Ph.D., is a professional speaker and consultant for The Positive Edge, a company dedicated to helping people and organizations fulfill their true potential using strategies from the science of Positive Psychology.