I intended to write this article earlier, but I didn't set an intention to do so, and therefore I am now, apologetically, late.
If you have goals that you want to achieve but are worried about the hows and the day-to-day distractions, then setting intentions is a great way to keep yourself on track. They don't have to be grand or detailed, just small reminders to no one but yourself about your goals for the day, week, or month.
Know what you want
You can set intentions on anything from intending to get up at 7:30 every morning this week to intending to seek the best in people this month. The point is really to think of a goal, and intend to make it happen. I would argue that you have to intend out loud to really cement it, otherwise you're just hoping to achieve something. So try it! Say, "I intend to achieve my goals this week" if that's all that comes to you right now, and develop it later, but intend something and get the ball rolling.
Though you need some intentions are just "I intend to have fun today," it's important for bigger goals that your intentions have real measurable outcomes. So make sure you have time frames, I would suggest no less than a day and no more than a month, and a level of success. So don't say "I intend to get skinny this year," say "I intend to eat fresh salads and work out three times a week this month." It will be more rewarding once you reach those success lines, and help you actually suss out how to get to those goals.
Positivity will take you far
Not to be cheesy, but make sure your intentions are positive ones. Don't say, "I intend not to screw this project up like I usually do," but instead, "I intend to make a fresh start and finish this project." It really will help your entire attitude if you set yourself up to win. Little positivity intentions like, "I intend to not let traffic get to me today," (one of my favorites) will also help your attitude and energy throughout.
while there are times when you need to just make a quick intention during the day to straighten out your attitude, it's important when you can to focus your intention to be as clear as possible. Take time to say what exactly you intend to do, so rather than simply saying "I intend to work my best this week", perhaps say, "I intend to finish all my orders and organize my office this week." The point is to be concise, clear, and really get at what it is you want.
I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but say it and forget it. An intention is a fire starter for your subconscious. Even if during the day your conscious brain forgets the intention and you get bogged down by everything else competing for your attention, the back of your brain will be saying your intention over and over. Some people write their intentions down and keep them in plain sight all day, but I think it's better if you just let your sub-self mull it over rather than trying to make yourself remember one more thing. The point is to simplify your life, not add to the clutter.
I'll be writing more on inspirations, goal setting and ways to keep it up in the coming weeks, and if you're stuck on how to begin, read this post!
Do you set intentions? How have they helped and what method works best for you?