We’ve talked about to-do lists before and the importance of planning out what you want to do with each day. To-do lists are great and helpful. Another way to go about planning your day/life is to set an intention for it.
An intention is a way of creating space for desires to take hold
You might feel stressed out with all the things you need to get done everyday, so you’re looking for ways to bring peace and stability to your life. So you set an intention to find ways to center yourself. You might do that by waking up half an hour earlier everyday to write in a journal. Or taking half an hour out of your lunch break to get outside and walk without a phone or iPod or any other device on your person.
Set your day with an intention
An intention for the day might be to stay on task. I will not waste time scrolling through irrelevant social media posts today. You might decide to make positivity your intention for the day. I will counter every negative thought with a positive one today.
A great time to set your intention for the day is first thing in the morning. Before you get out of bed, before you read any headlines in the news, before you check your email or social media. Take a few deep breaths, center yourself and set your intention for the day.
Check back with your intention throughout the day
The day gets going and you make a mistake at work. You respond immediately with negative words for yourself. Your intention is forgotten in the chaos of the day.
As you go through your day, make a point of checking back in with your intention. Put a virtual stickie on your computer, or add it to your calendar for the day so you don’t lose sight of it.
Use intentions of help you grow into the person you’ve always wanted to be.