Nearly every one of you has a goal in mind or proactively goal set. It is almost natural to do this as our imaginations and consciousness are what make us uniquely human. However, sometimes having a goal in mind or setting goals is not always enough to make them achievable. This is where setting daily intentions can come in.
What is an Intention?
An intention is ‘what one intends (to have in mind as a purpose or goal) to bring about’ (Merriam-webster). This short, but powerful, definition shows that your goal or purpose is in your control and can only be created by you. Intentions can be better than goal-setting alone as it creates a personal power to take action towards your goal.
Often, people set daily intentions in the morning as part of their morning routine. This can set the day off in a much better and increase your productivity and progress in many ways.
5 Ways Setting Daily Intentions Improves Productivity
Living More Intentionally and Mindfully
Seems obvious as it’s in the idea of setting intentions. However, setting small daily intonations means you become more conscious about your actions and are living more intentionally. Knowing that each and every one of your thoughts and actions is going to affect the success of achieving your goal.
Therefore, you also become more mindful of everything you do each day. Whether this is what you eat, what you participate in, the people you spend your time with and the energy you choose to create.
Living more intentionally and mindfully will hugely improve your progress and productivity as you become more aware of your actions. Going through the day, as though life is happening to you, can leave you making no progress towards your goal and not feeling in control. Setting daily intentions gives you the awareness of your goal every day and how you are mindfully acting towards your goal.
Take Aligned Action
As already mentioned, having a goal in mind is not usually enough to ensure you achieve it. Even employing all the law of attraction you possibly can, you still have to take action. Action is what makes you progress towards your goal and puts you in control, as the creator of your life.
Therefore, setting daily intentions breaks your goal into small chunks and results in taking aligned action and consistently make progress you want. Aligned action is what feels right, is in line with your values and the success of your goal.
This boosts your productivity as you’re tackling actions that are aligned with you personally. This can make you highly motivated and inspired to keep focused on your goal and progress.
Taking positive aligned action and writing your intentions using positive language and tone can be very powerful for your mind. Starting the day in a positive way can transform your day completely by creating positive energy and a positive mindset.
The same applies if you set intentions that are framed and associate with negativity. Starting the day in a negative way and with a poor mindset can cause more problems. This is also likely to sabotage your productivity and encourage procrastination distracting you from your goal.
Therefore, you can change your intention from ‘I want to avoid anything that will stress me out’ to something more positive and powerful such as ‘Today, I will calm myself with mindfulness and meditation’.
Creating positive and motivating energy with daily intentions can mean you become more productive as you are in the right headspace for action.
By allocating a few intentions a day, you are able to start ticking off the to-do list and this can feel amazing. When you know you are taking aligned action and making progress it encourages you to continue towards your goal.
To-do lists can become so overwhelming and cause procrastination and avoidance as they build up. This might leave your brain overthinking and obsessing about the things you haven’t done. Long to-do lists can make it difficult to focus on one action and where to start as they can all seem of equal importance. Instead, setting daily intentions breaks up your goal into more manageable chunks. You are then able to be intentional, mindful and completely focused on achieving those small intentions.
Set Intentions for Anything and Everything
Quite often, setting intentions can be mainly associated with work or taking action for goals. However, you can set daily intentions for anything and everything. This includes the mood you want to be in, the food you want to eat, the people you want to surround yourself with and the headspace you want to be in.
Here are some more personal intentions you can set yourself:
- I intend to love unconditionally
- Today, I will approach everything I do with positivity and high energy
- I intend to be more mindful and present
- I choose to eat healthier and be aware of the nutrition I consume
- Today, I will be considerate and open towards others
Although these may not feel like much, they are significant and aligned with your inner self and the person you want to become. Applying daily intentions to everything in life can transform your productivity completely. this is because you can be intentional about how productive you want to be and the energy you have towards everything.
How Will Your Productivity Improve?
With all of this in mind, there are so many benefits to setting daily intentions. Break down those oppressive to-do lists and start taking one day at a time with much more positive and motivated energy.
Become more mindful and intentional in everything you do and take aligned action for your goals and the person you want to be, or already are. This will ultimately lead to your success and feeling more fulfilled in your everyday life.