Put simply, intentional living is the act of choosing the things that will truly add to your life, rather than take away. Choosing something that may not be the easiest option in the moment, but that which will pay off in the long term.
It means focusing more on your health, so that your body doesn’t suffer from neglect.
It means focusing more on creating than consuming.
It means focusing more on doing than on spectating.
It means focusing on the things, and people, that truly matter to you in life.
It means saving your time, and your money, so that they can be put to use on the points above.
What it boils down to is this: being intentional about where your time, money, and effort is spent.
What it means in my life
I try to minimise the time I spend watching TV, or mindlessly browsing the internet, or on other time-wasting activities. I also have cut back on spending on things that brought almost no happiness in my life (fancy phones, takeout food, miscellaneous things that are on sale). Instead, I spend my time and money on activities that are creative, active, or that are important to me in life. Here are some of the things I do instead:
- Writing (this blog, or fiction)
- Reading a good book
- Cooking or baking
- Spending quality time with my wife
While there are truly a lot of things on that list, it hasn’t made my life busier at all! My previous mindless habits took up hours of my days. Most of the things on my list barely take any time at all.