Ever wonder what it actually means to live an “intentionally present” life?
How is it possible? What does that phrase even mean? How can we live present with the constant demands of life and responsibilities?
Actually living intentionally present is easier than you might think. You can implement these easy-to-implement strategies TODAY and begin living intentionally present no matter your circumstances!
I sighed frustratedly as I stared, squinting blurry eyes at an impossible computer screen.
This “simple setup,” according to the tutorial I was devotedly following, was driving me crazy.
After spending countless hours – days – on trying to implement my newest blogging technique to no avail, I was spent. Done. Ready to quit all the things.
Before I did something I really regret (like throw my laptop out of my second story window), I took a deep breath, turned it off, and put it away.
For a week and a half, I didn’t look at a single thing blogging related. I was done.
I decided to stop, shut it down, step back, breathe … and focus on being intentionally present.
As life gets busier, as my children grow older, and as I add more responsibilities to my already loaded plate, these two words – intentionally present – have been slowly marinating in my brain. But what does it mean?
Being intentionally present means:
Working hard when I need to, for a specified amount of time, then shutting it down when the time is up.
This will not only make it easier for me to have solid, focused, short spurts of work, which is most practical as a mother, it will also help me to devote focused time to my children.
Putting the phone down.
There’s nothing on my phone that can’t wait until later.
Stop checking social media, except during “designated” times.
Anything on social media can wait. My children can’t.
Modeling a good example to my boys.
If they see me spinning my wheels day after day after day, what does this show them? That mom is too busy for them? That this is how you do life?
That’s not at all what I want for them. I want to show them that quality time is what is most important to me. I want to show them to cherish each moment, that life is a gift, that these are the days that they’ll never get back. Spend them with care. Spend them with your priorities in mind first.
The rest will fall into place. It will. I promise.
Finding (and remembering) my why.
Why do I do what I do? What is my God-given purpose in life? What are my God-given gifts, talents and where am I putting them to use? Or, if you will, what is your life’s “mission statement”?
Asking and answering these questions help me align what is most important to me. It ensures that I’m never spinning my wheels, wasting time on unnecessary projects or things that, in the long run, won’t matter.
By finding my why, and reminding myself of it over and over, I’m putting my main priority first. Always.
Write your why down, in one sentence if possible, and place it somewhere that you can see it every day. When an opportunity comes up, read your why and ask yourself if this opportunity lines up with that why. If it does, go for it. If it doesn’t, ask yourself if you have the time and resources to make it happen.
For example, my why? Raising my boys to become strong, Godly men of faith. That’s it. That’s why I am on this earth. Everything I do, every decision I make, ideally lines up with my why.
Yours will probably look different. That’s okay. Figure out what your why is, then live it out in earnest. After all, it’s what God designed you for.
Living life intentionally present is mindfully choosing how you will spend your time. When you do that, you remove the out-of-control from the situation and insert purposeful choice. You are no longer a victim to your time or priorities, but fully in control of each and every decision you make.
Remember that super frustrating little blogging project I was working on? I came back to it over a week later, sat down at my computer, opened my files, and – click – wondrously set up the entire project without any problems, other than taking the time to actually complete it.
It wasn’t magic; it was time away. It was refreshing my mind. It was stepping back from the situation. It was readjusting my priorities.
It was being intentionally present.
It takes dedication and a conscious effort to get here. But your life, and that of your family, will thank you for it. They will be so much better off for it. It’s worth the shift.
Mom, you got this.
What are some things you do to live your life intentionally present? I’d love to hear them!
How to Live an Intentionally Present Life is a guest post written by Alicia Hunter of Turquoise Grace.
Alicia is a firm believer in family travel, a good cup of coffee, and raising her four boys to become strong Godly men. You can find her at Turquoise Grace, blogging about all things raising boys with a coffee mug in hand, a baby in her lap, and a pile of laundry at her feet.