This summer has been a whirlwind of nursing school exams, clinicals, ministry work, and brunches – and it's not even over. Its pretty common for me to let all of my life's activities dictate how frequently I create content for As Told By Moyo. Something about my lack of consistency felt a little different this time. I continued to say "omg, I don't have time! so busy.. blah blah blah."
Earlier today, I came across the Instagram story of a fellow blogger, Olamide aka UrbanDisciple (to read some of her amazing posts, head to UrbnDisciple.com!), and a conversation ensued about how I felt like I lacked ideas and time. It didn't take long for her to respond, "set aside 15 minutes and BE INTENTIONAL WITH TIME." Well then.. there went every excuse I thought I had. I drove home and thought of easy steps I could take to become more intentional and I wanted to share a few:
1. Hashtag Goals
You cannot be intentional about things you have not yet known you want to do. Simple. Take a few minutes out of your day, or even week, to decide what needs to be accomplished and WHEN. Often times, we determine what we want to do and never set deadlines for ourselves. Ex: I told myself I wanted to post once a month. Great.. but when? by the first of the month? the 2nd week? I blink and its literally the last day of the month. Let's do better.
2. Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail
A goal with no plan in sight is simply an idea that will eventually fall by the wayside. While it's the most important step, I'm pretty sure planning is the least favorite step of many because it's the one that requires the most time, energy, and work. We can create plans that are actually useful to our goals by being true to ourselves. You're not a morning person? Okay, great. Don't plan to wake up at 5 am to study. The more tailored a plan is to YOU, the more likely it is to be successful.
3. "Keep It Real w/ Your Dawgs No Matter What"
So you know what you'd like to accomplish? Check. You have a plan to get there? Check. But what happens when you deviate further and further from your plan? Who are the people in your corner that will snap you back to focus? Sharing your goals with trusted* people is key in making sure that you are held accountable! Share the shortcomings too. They'll be able to see where you're struggling and advise you on how to get back on track.
Intentional living is not as hard as we may make it seem. Whether your goal is to read your Bible and pray for 1 hour each morning or eat clean since watching the What the Health documentary, I hope this serves as encouragement to remain intentional with your goals or as a reminder to pick back up where you left off.
As for me, I've accomplished my goal for the month of July. Thanks UrbnDisciple!
What are some of your tips to stay intentional with your goals and ideas?