Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Word of the Year: Intentional

2019 was neither the best nor a bad year for me. Technically, it was okay but I was just so surprised that it has ended so fast. Before I knew it, it was already the holidays and I realized I was not really able to accomplish something major for the entire year. I felt that I either slacked off or I had a lot of distractions.

Though I had no regrets about how the year went, I promised myself that I will try to achieve more of my goals this year. I promised that I'd be more INTENTIONAL this 2020. 

So, what do I mean by being intentional? 

According to liveandlovework.com, being intentional means you are purposeful in word and action. It means you make thoughtful choices in life. It also means that you live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling. 



In this sense, this is how I want to spend my year. I want to start making choices that are aligned with my goals and dreams. I want to make conscious decisions and here's how I plan to do it: 

1. Choose the projects to work on - As a freelancer, I am lucky to have the luxury to choose my projects and clients. This time, I want to do the tasks that I love and those that are aligned with my skills. If it would require some training, I want to make sure that it's one of the skills that I really want to learn and not spend time studying for the sake of the clients' needs. 

Just like what Leanne Jacobs of Beautiful Money said, “If an opportunity is not aligned with what matters most to you (your core values), let it pass. The opportunities that don't make your soul sing, or that you can't be excited about, just end up taking space where a better opportunity could be. Don't settle for something fine―wait for something great!”

2. Manage Smaller and Active Groups - Building and managing a community entails a lot of time and hard work. The bigger the group, the more effort you have to put in organizing events, addressing the needs of the members and keeping everyone engaged. If it's an online community, content moderation takes up a lot of time and effort to filter posts. 

Thus for this year, we, together with the other group admins, decided to clean up the groups that we manage. We started removing inactive members and will try to update certain group rules especially in online communities. We believe that it's better to have a small group with active and truly engaged members. In that way, we do not have to waste any effort on members who are no longer interested in the group's advocacy. 

3. Blogging - Though, I haven't really blog consistently for the past years. This 2020, I would love to write more posts. I am aiming to create at least 3-4 blog posts every week. I want to write my posts with my readers in mind, " How will this post benefit them?" 

This also means that we might be skipping some PR or sponsored posts that may not be aligned with our target audience. 


4. Minimize Shopping - Lastly, I want to try to lessen shopping. I usually go crazy whenever there's a sale or a huge discount is offered. Thus, I plan to minimize the things that I purchase. I have to make sure that it is something that we actually need. No more hoarding. (LOL!) 

Anyway, there are a lot more ways on how we can be more intentional which I plan to share on my future posts. However, let me end this post for now with my favorite quote from Richie Norton, “Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others' choices make us.”

18 comments:

  1. This is such a great word for the new year. I am living more intentional and practicing mindfulness this year, but neither are my word :) You can do it, I'm glad you're focusing on this!

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  2. Your chosen word for the year is going to help you reach the goals you set for yourself this year. I also need to work on my blog more if I want to see it become successful.

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  3. Thats an amazing word for the year! I feel like that needs to be my word, every year!

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  4. I STILL haven't chosen my word of the year. Maybe it should be "slacker". Because I sure am living up to that, LOL!

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  5. This is a fantastic goal for 2020. I need to do the same thing.

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  6. My 2019 went really similarly to yours and I agree the year went by surprisingly fast.

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  7. That's a great goal for the new year! Good luck!

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  8. Mine is "Serve", but I almost went with "intentional"! I love it!

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  9. this is an awesome word for 2020!

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  10. While I am not choosing a word for the year, I do love when people choose one. I guess if I had to choose one, intentional will also be my word.

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  11. This is a pretty awesome goal. I see a lot of people writing similar things this year. I'm working on a post for a theme for the year. All essentially the same things but some words resonate better with some people. But being intentional is definitely something we should all strive for.

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  12. 3-4 blog posts is a lot for me seeing I work full time and still have small children but I am sure the more content the better

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  13. Oooo- love this word for the year! I'm STILL trying to find one for myself- It so helps.

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  14. What a great work for the year! It is good to really think about what we are doing with our time and efforts.

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  15. I like this word of the year for you. For me, it's CREATE.

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  16. Intentional is such a strong word...I need to be more intentional in my savings!

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  17. Interesting. For me , word of the year is to keep my focus on this . Last year it was FOcus ... Worked out great!

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  18. What a great word for the year! I totally get being intentional with the clients and projects you take on. Taking on things that take away from your joy isn’t worth it. Of course it took awhile for me to get that myself.

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