The habits that you do each day can define the quality of your days and your overall life. Which is why it is so important to add intentional habits to your days. And today we are going to discuss some of the best 11 intentional habits to implement for better days!
By slowly implementing new and better habits you are able to easily make changes to improve your life. Compared to the strategy of implementing a lot of big habits at once, you are more likely to stick to the intentional habits and more likely to form them into your daily life.
So if you are interested in what intentional habits you should add to your life then keep on reading!
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11 Intentional Habits To Implement For Better Days!
Habits to do daily to help you live more intentionally:
Habit 1: Practice daily gratitude
Gratitude is an essential thing for having a more intentional life. It allows you to keep things in perspective and be honest about the positives in your life. Which are so helpful for having more balance in your life.
So if you are lacking that mentality of thankfulness and gratitude then you need to start learning how to! When you are thankful for the things in your life and regularly taking the time to think about your blessings you will feel yourself start to feel more intentional.
One of the best ways to do this is to start doing daily gratitude journaling. This doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. Just grab a gratitude journal (here’s one that is less than $10) and add it into your night time routine. It should only take about 10 minutes but it can really help you feel more grateful and happier.
Habit 2: Stop multitasking
Focusing on one task at a time is not only essential for productivity and time management.
But it also is an incredibly helpful way to help you be more intentional.
By being more intentional you need to be aware and detailed with your thoughts and that includes your tasks. And when you multitask you are flipping between tasks. Which means that you are not focusing and you are not being fully aware and intentional about your tasks!
Habit 3: Don’t go on your phone right away in the morning
Starting your day on the right foot can set you up for intentional days. And each day matters when you are working on creating intention in your life.
Making sure that you are not on your phone right away in the morning is one of the best ways to have calmer mornings.
You don’t need to be immediately thinking about something you saw on social media or thinking about a work email. Allow yourself to wake up and take care of yourself for a bit before you start thinking about the rest of the world.
And don’t worry about perfection, it’s more important to make any efforts!
Habit 4: Always make a daily to do list
I live by to do lists and find it so insanely helpful to write to do lists for each day, week, and month. This can be in your planner, on a notebook, or on a note on your phone. Regardless, this habit can help you be intentional about how you spend the time in your day.
I like to make sub to-do lists as well, like I will do a more vague to-do list for the whole day and then do a list for my work, a list for cleaning, a list for my site, etc.
If you want more details on how to write and really follow your daily to do lists then you need to go check out my detailed guide: How to Make an “Every Day Goals” List.
Habit 5: Move your body daily
Moving your body is a great way to get your mind and body in synch. And that is so helpful for living an intentional life.
This doesn’t have to be a crazy intense workout either. You can walk the dog or do an online yoga class.
Anything you can do to get your body moving each day can be truly helpful for having intentional days.
Habit 6: Practice living in the moment
Living in the moment is a huge part of feeling happier and is a super important habit for living an intentional lifestyle.
When you are constantly thinking about the past or worrying about the future you aren’t going to be feeling as happy as you could be. Start making a conscious effort to live in the moment! And be present with what is going on around you is so essential for living a happy life.
One big way that you can do this is to spend less time on your phone. If you are checking emails and start worrying about work on Monday or looking at Instagram and seeing someone do something fun that you want to do then you aren’t being present.
I recommend starting to commit at least an hour a day to no phone time. This will help you practice starting to be in the moment more! I also have some tips on disconnecting from your phone that you can read here that should help.
Habit 7: Read daily
Reading is a great way to connect with yourself and remove yourself from the distractions around you. Allowing you to be more intentional with your time.
This can be fiction, nonfiction, or any form of reading that you want this habit to be.
Habit 8: Daily affirmations
This is a great way to start being more intentional and aware of your own mind.
Ever since I started doing positive affirmations every day I started really feeling more optimistic about life.
An example of a few positive affirmations you could start saying or writing down are:
- I am proud of my success.
- I believe that I deserve everything amazing that happens to me.
- I’m confident in my ability to make good decisions.
- I am creating my dream life.
- I’m proud of what I will do today.
Habit 9: Meditation
Meditation is an incredible tool for working on becoming more aware.
When you are meditating you are alone with your thoughts and focusing 100% of your energy on those thoughts. Which allows you to eliminate distractions and pressures from the rest of the world. Which ultimately can help you see yourself more realistically and become more aware.
I recommend either downloading a meditation app or just searching for videos on YouTube until you find a guided one that works for you as you start meditating. And then grab a yoga/meditation matand start working on meditation and figuring out your true self.
Habit 10: Journaling
This activity is wonderful for helping you see through any filters you have up and get a better idea of your true self.
You can either approach journaling with or without prompts. If you are new to journaling and feel a bit uncomfortable with it it is usually best to start with prompts and then start working your way towards journaling without prompts. But prompts or not journaling is an intentional habit you should learn
A few journal prompts posts that can help with this are:
- 31 Inspiring Journal Prompts To Better Yourself
- 40 Journal Prompts For When You Are Stressed
- 75 Self Improvement Journal Prompts: how journaling leads to self improvement
Also, if you want more prompts I highly recommend searching on Pinterest because there are so many great options.
Habit 11: Do breathing techniques daily
Breathing techniques and following guided breathing are a great way to be aware of your thoughts and to ground yourself.
And anytime you are making a conscious effort to ground yourself you are going to put yourself into mindset where you force yourself to be intentional.
To start doing this activity I recommend heading to YouTube or downloading an app to help walk you through breathing techniques and programs.
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