Being Intentional about Decisions the Conclusion
I penny a week being intentional about decisions, at the end of that time I went back and found five big epiphanies I didn’t during that time. I thought I would share those epiphanies with you. If you would like to read my other posts here is Day 1
Learn to say no
You wash the dishes, do the laundry, babysit your sister’s kids, make cupcakes for school, work overtime to finish a project at work, and run to the side of your BFF when she is having problems.
You need to learn to say no when you are asked to do something. How do I say no? This is my family, friends, and my boss! Practice makes perfect. Start saying no and it will get easier! The easiest thing to do is to let your no be no!
Being Intentional doesn’t mean you don’t have to do things you don’t like
Even if you are being intentional, you sometimes must intentionally do things you would rather not do.
Parents don’t want to discipline their kids (usually), but to raise decent kids you need to discipline them from time to time. Sometimes, to do your job, you must do things you don’t particularly like.
It happens in every part of our lives, home, work, parenting, relationships, all of it. You should figure out if those things are essential to your day-to-day life.
You can’t let clothes pile up until your entire family is forced to go out in their PJs, but you can say no to washing that one shirt that your kid just “has to” wear tomorrow.
Saying no to something means you can say yes to your priorities.
You should prioritize things in your life so you don’t end up doing a million pointless things and missing out on the one big thing.
When you are trying to accomplish a goal, you must decide what things are a priority and what things are just fluff.
If you want to prioritize family time, you need to put down your phone and spend time together. You need to say no to the little time killers that are not a priority, and say yes to the things that are most important to you.
Say yes to yourself. You need some self-care.
You need to set aside time for yourself.
If you don’t set aside some time for self-care you end up grouchy and resentful. As the saying goes, you can’t fill from an empty cup. If you spend all your time working and working, doing and doing, you will burn yourself out.
Taking a little time for yourself helps you to refresh and renew. If stopping at the nearest bakery and picking up a dozen cupcakes instead of making homemade from scratch gives you time for a bubble bath and a book, do it.
If your family knows that Tuesday night is your night out, they are less likely to ask you to do something that night.
Things are going to come up that will test your limits. Your kids will need something from you, and there will be a project due at work.
If you come up with boundaries in your life, you won’t have decisions come up so often that you need to be intentional about. Have boundaries about work, whether you work at home, or out of home. Have boundaries around you friends and family.
If you have a needy best friend, tell her that she isn’t to call after 10 PM unless it is an emergency. If your sister is always asking you to babysit, tell her you are only available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-2.
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