I was recently on vacation and upon my return, life came crashing at me. There were so many things that needed to be done and I found myself moving like a robot. Doing the dishes, emptying the dishwasher, washing clothes, feeding the dog, etc. During one of these actions, I caught myself and said that I need to be intentional when I do things. What difference does it make to add intention to my actions you may wonder?
Merriam-Webster defines intent(ion) as having in mind a purpose or goal. When I am doing the dishes, emptying the dishwasher, or feeding the dog, I often feel as if they are a chore and are eating up my time, and preventing me from doing something more important. I don’t see them as an activity/action in support of a larger goal.
I have several goals and desires, one of which is to have a tidy, clean home. In order to make that happen, dishes have to be washed, floors have to be cleaned, carpets have to be cleaned, etc. Instead of seeing these actions as drudgery and time eaters, they are actually necessary actions in support of my desire to have a clean home. By simply acknowledging that I have a goal of a clean and tidy home, my actions become intentional in nature, which now supplies satisfaction upon completion rather than irritation.
Below are some activities that I have now categorized intentionally:
Be Healthy = Healthy Eating – Grocery Shopping
Be Healthy = Exercising -Going to Gym
Tidy Home = Washing Dishes and Cleaning Floors
Healthy Dog = Walking Dog
Healthy Friendships = Time for fellowship
Whether you, someone else in your family or someone you hire carries out the activities, I believe it is still valuable to see how and in what ways the actions support a larger goal (intention).
Blessings - Janice
Associate Certified Coach, ICF