Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday. Our instructions, via creator Kate Motaung: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.”
Today’s prompt: INTENTIONAL
“Professionals should be intentional about ……….”
In my morning freelance job, I summarize news articles. The goal is to be concise and straightforward.
One type of article I summarize is a professional practices article, such as “how to plan for organizational growth” or “how to prepare for retirement.”
Today, when summarizing one of those types of articles, I started typing “Attorneys should be intentional about their plans for retirement” and then I deleted that word choice.
Besides the fact that there were more concise ways to make the point, who am I to tell someone else a) what they should do and b) to be intentional?
So much of “intentional” comes from being internally motivated, with a lovely layer of strategic methodology on top (or woven through), and I would argue with a generous helping of heart.
As I communicated with someone about a job I had been pursuing today, I had to be honest (yet professional). I don’t know how this ties in with intentional (which is not how my career process has felt since Dad passed away in July and I gained the freedom to work outside of the home if I want to) but an internal voice said “just be honest (and patient).”
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday linkup.