set intentionsDo you set intentions for the day? This is something I do every day…every day that I really want to get a lot done, that is. I’ve found that I can do anything that I really put my mind to, and I bet you can too. I’ve written about productivity, motivation, setting goals, organizing your thoughts, clearing your mind, and all of these things factor into getting things done.

When you set intentions at the start of the day, you’re getting your brain primed to get all of those things done, and possibly more. It’s a mind game. This can be accomplished by way of a to-do list of tasks, or if there is something that is urgent, or a priority, or both, you may just be able to keep that priority front and center in your mind.

You may think that this is a post about goal setting which I’ve written about before, and it is, in a sense.  When you create goals and set intentions, it prompts you to take action to produce results, or get things done in an organized way.

So, how do you do it? The bullet points below provide some tips to help you set intentions for the day, week, or beyond.  I encourage you to check them out to see if one or more of them works for you.

  • Quiet your mind – This is an important aspect when you want to set intentions. If your mind is racing with everything going on in your busy life, you need to settle it down so you can think clearly. There are a number of ways to clear, or quiet your mind. If you have a method that works for you, great, use it. Some simple techniques include, deep breathing, exercise, going for a walk outdoors, and meditation.
  • Write it down on paper – The very act of writing things down, clarifies your intentions and helps you remember them. It also provides clarity to think about the steps you need to take to produce the desired results.
  • Visualize the end result – Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, ‘if you can see it, you can be it’. It works the same for visualizing end results of intentions, or goals. Putting that vision in your mind sets the stage for making it real.
  • Take action – Now that you have set intentions for the day, documented them on paper, and visualized the end result, the reality is that you need to take action to make them happen. This is the last step in the process to make your intentions come to fruition.