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Why We Have To Be Intentional

Why We Have To Be Intentional

Jonathan sent me this article the other day — Spotify’s Design Lead On Why Side Projects Should Be Stupid — and it fit with a theme I’ve been thinking a lot about lately: intentionality. Read it and I think you’ll see what I mean. 

In my life and work rhythms I’m trying to be more intentional in every area, but as the article shows, intentionality doesn’t always look like cranking through your to-do list. Tobias van Schneider is advocating for intentionally working on work and intentionally playing around with crazy ideas. The key, I think, is about being intentional in pursuit of balance. (Note: Balance does not necessarily mean a 50/50 split.)

These days I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally present and intentionally absent.

I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally focused and intentionally drifting.

I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally productive and intentionally unproductive.

I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally in-the-moment and intentionally five years down the road. 

I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally with my team and intentionally in my office with the door closed. 

I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally writing and intentionally reading. 

I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally speaking and intentionally listening. 

I’m trying to strike a balance between intentionally working and intentionally resting. 

What ever I do, I want to do it on purpose. Even if I’m purposefully choosing to do nothing at all. 

I’m trying all of this because I don’t think we grow by accident. Rather, as we approach this balance we approach our healthiest selves and our best work. And if there’s anything worth pursuing with intention, it’s that. 

About The Author

Scott McClellan

Scott is the Communications Pastor at Irving Bible Church and the author of Tell Me a Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottMcClellan.

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