2021 is here and we have hit the ground running at FiftyFlowers. I am starting this year with a sense of renewed hope. The last year was a challenging one, no matter who you were, so I wanted to make sure I went into this brand new year with my guard up, but my arms open to embrace and accept what new things may come my way. One of the tricks I’ve learned to help keep myself on track despite the world throwing curveballs at me is to dedicate a word to the year. It takes a lot of time to think about this special word. The word chosen is like a guiding light, it reminds me of what I am working to perfect personally and professionally.
The word I have chosen for the year 2021 is Intentional.
How did this word come into my sphere of influence?
The word Intentional was a word I’ve known for some time, obviously. But it was a word, sitting on a shelf, gathering dust, until the end of last year. If you saw my last blog, I took some time to think about the year, assess where I want to grow, and mentally understand everything that I just lived through. I know we all did that inward work because last year was a new chapter. Newness brings uncertainty and after the last 9 months, I knew that I was over surprises, I reaffirmed myself with the Intentional.
What does this word mean to me? How to apply this word to my life?
After being reminded of the true spirit behind the word intentional it has caused me great reflection. I think about how I show up for myself, my family, and my team every day. What conscious steps I can take to prepare myself to be the best version for them? There is a lot of internal reflection that has to be done. I am working on the act of self-care by practicing Hot Yoga and Meditation daily. Doing activities like this allows me to slow down and commit time to myself to make choices that I have intentionally chosen. The work starts at home, with yourself.
One adaptation at work that I have made is to dedicate 10-minute stand-ups of uninterrupted meeting time face to face to those who need my attention. For months we were all remote, and instead of responding to every email which can be considered busy work, I am intentionally seeking high-quality and more efficient communication with the face-to-face conversation instead of over email. WOW, these types of intentional meetings have elevated and progressed checking off the box and getting things done, and done right the first time!
I have also become intentional with my own task organization. I am constantly taking notes on what is happening in my workday, but I’ve adapted to a new way of note-taking that has proven effective for staying on top of the most important tasks on my to-do list. I have separated my to-do list into 3 lists: URGENT – meaning they have to get done within 24 hours. IMPORTANT – is within the week and then GENERAL – those pesky tasks that need to get done before the end of the month. I protect the URGENT list to make sure that they will move the company forward – and that is not just more sales, but it could also be team unity.
The past year has made me feel like the captain of a ship in the middle of the perfect storm. Surprises and shocks were thrown our way, and many of us took damage. But now I recognize even more so what the signs that storm coming looks like and all of its rippling effects. Now I and my various teams can intentionally plan how we are going to move forward and be prosperous in the new year of 2021. I encourage every reader to find their word of the year (you’re more than welcome to use mine) and fold it into your daily thoughts, journaling, and planning. You’ll be amazed at how your mindset transforms with simple intentional actions like this!