At Day Designer, our number one mission is to help you live a well-designed life – one that is intentional and balanced. Today, we’re continuing our Living With Intention series by sharing our top “big picture” tips on how to do just that!

If you’re just tuning in to our January series, head here to get started – and don’t miss our second post of the series where we encouraged you to choose your 2021 Word For The Year.

Living a well-designed life means leading a life that is intentional and, of course, balanced as well. While the details of this will look different for each of us, there are a few things we can do that will help us lead the very best version of our lives – one that allows us to take time for things that we enjoy, to fully appreciate everything that we have to be thankful for, and of course, to carve out time to spend with those we love.

To continue on your journey of creating a well-designed life, be sure to incorporate these top five strategies!

1. Know your priorities

What is important to you? What would you consider your top priorities? Your friends and family? Your career? Your goals? While there are a lot of things that might be important to you, identifying your TOP priorities makes it easier to allocate your time and energy. It can also help you determine if you are doing the right things or if you are simply spinning in circles all in the name of busy-ness.

Identify your priorities, and then make sure your day-to-day actions align with them. (Our 2021 Flagship Planners are the perfect tool to help you do just that!)

2. Plan each day with intention

To ensure you’re living with intention in 2021, you’ll want to commit to a daily planning practice! Whether you choose to make daily planning a habit as you wrap up the day prior or build it into your morning routine, it’s important to review your schedule, tasks, meals, and more – all with your big picture goals, priorities, and intentions in mind.

Plan out your time, know what you want to get out of each commitment on your schedule, and be realistic with the tasks that you take on. Be sure that you’re filling your time with what’s most important to you!

3. Say yes to healthy habits

Healthy habits are such an important part of leading a well-designed life. While it might be challenging, carving out personal time and taking good care of yourself will set the stage for the other aspects of your life to fall into place. When you take the time to exercise, eat healthy foods, hydrate, get plenty of sleep, and practice self-care – you’ll feel better and you’ll be able to function at your best.

Caring for yourself needs to come first. Creating healthy habits can go a long way in helping you to live your best life!

4. Roll with the unexpected

Often life doesn’t go quite how we originally envision. Rather than stressing over things when they don’t go the way you were hoping, it’s important to recognize that this is completely normal. Things don’t always go as planned!

Learning to roll with the punches and not stress when things don’t go according to plan is a great way to find more balance in your life and more happiness as well.

We are big fans of making a plan and outlining your schedule, but it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes life happens! You get sick, your kids get sick, you may get stuck in traffic, or miss an appointment. Instead of stressing when something like this happens, recognize that things will happen – and that’s okay.

5. Stay positive

Finally, it’s important to remember to stay positive and cultivate gratitude! While this can be a challenge, particularly when things aren’t going well, the good news is that with practice, it can slowly start to become a more natural response.

Being positive can change your mindset, outlook, and your whole way of life. Of course, it’s okay to have moments of sadness or even anger, but remember to come back to the other side and see the positive things that happen in your life. It will help to make for a much smoother ride!

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Stay tuned for next week as we dive into How to Set Intentional Goals for Your New Year.

Which strategy will you embrace first on your journey to living a well-designed life?