My days seem to go so quickly. There are always things that need to get done and items added to the list constantly throughout the day. Then, finally, when I get to the end of the day, and even though I may have accomplished a dozen tasks, I feel like I haven't accomplished what I wanted to in the day. I am taking care of and supporting three other humans, two of which are teenagers, so everything they need seems to be a last-minute emergency. As a result, my needs and wants are often shelved on the priority list.
My happiness and well-being are essential to me, and I know that meeting them makes me a better person and parent to my kiddos. I also love problem-solving and looking at different approaches when something's not working. As I've written before, when the days get hectic, I often turn to meditation to help regain my focus. Meditation does help, but I needed something more.
Something new I found was writing down my intention for the day every morning before the kids wake up helps prioritize my day. I am not talking about making a to-do list. This intention is more of how I want to approach the entire day.
I get out of bed, get my coffee, sit down in my quiet living room, open my journal and write my intention, along with some things I can do to make that intention a reality. I also write a short gratitude list to put me in a positive mind frame to start my day. Then, I usually have a few minutes to meditate before the first kid wakes up and my to-do list starts growing for the day.
Writing down my intentions and gratitude list only takes me a couple of minutes. I find that I remember what my intention was and make that a priority throughout my day. Then, when I end my day, there is a feeling of satisfaction that I am in control and accomplished what I set out to, of course, with all the other tasks that needed to get done. Those don't disappear; I have a primary focus to ground me for the day. So I challenge you to try it for a week and see how it feels.