Making the Most of Intentional Thinking (Part 3 - the finale!)

Last part in the series! If this is your first time here, welcome! We're diving into the 5 awesome morning questions we established last week here (opens in new window). 

Let’s break down a few of these questions and what they mean/should mean to you:

What will I do to achieve my goals today?

Obviously you’re going to need to have some goals in mind for this one. I find it most helpful to think about mid-level goals-- goals for the next few months, rather than for the year (macro) or for the week (micro).  That way you strike a nice balance between keeping that long term vision in sight without being bogged down in anything too specific.

So pick a goal or two or five (maybe one for each area of your life -- personal, school, romantic relationship, sports, arts, career, etc) and identify how today’s actions will contribute to any of these. At least one thing you do today should contribute to a goal! But this is easier than it sounds: for example--taking great notes in class today will help you get an A on the final. Working out after school will help you run the 5k in three months and so on. But remember, you can’t be good at everything every day.

What will I be good at today?

You can’t be good at everything everyday. That’s a simple truth that’s easy to forget. And I’m not being pessimistic or trying to bum you out-- this is an example of where you need to be very self aware and accepting of the reality of 24 hours.  It’s something I’ll go into more detail on in a later webinar but basically, focus on one thing or one area of your life that you’ll absolutely ace today -- you’ll probably  be good at a lot of other stuff too! But allow yourself to be ok if not. It’s ok not to be awesome at everything everyday.  

What will I do to make myself proud today?

I think this might seem like a strange one for some people. But I include this one because I think pride has a unique tie to happiness. It’s not about what other people expect of you or even necessarily what you want to do. It’s a special way of thinking about your day and what’s in it, and the value of your achievements.

You might have some other questions more applicable to your life/goals. Here are some other good ones:

How will I beat my fear today?

Who will I connect with today?

How will I challenge my bad habit today?  

How will I expand my talents today?

What will I do for others today?

 

Thanks guys! Let me know how this technique is working out for you!  Email me at monique@smarterappinfo.com.

 

5 Questions and 5 Minutes to All-Day Productivity

Here are some questions to help you really bring intentional thinking into your life in a concrete way. It only takes 5 minutes! I really emphasize this being the absolute FIRST thing you do in the morning-- because everything that follows will to be done with purpose. You know you’re brushing your teeth because you want have a nice healthy smile for the rest of your life. You know you’re taking the extra five minutes to make breakfast because when you skip it you feel miserable at the end of the day (and that’s not very nice to yourself!).

Do this first so that you get in the mindset of performing now to achieve something in the future, for every single one of your actions. Intentional living is purposeful living.

First, close your eyes and think about your day hour by hour. Imagine yourself in each location-- who you’ll be with and how long it will take to get there. Assess any feelings you might have about each place: what you’re excited to do and where there might have anxieties.  Make note of when you’re not totally sure what you’ll be up to.

Start with a series of questions first thing in the morning. You can customize as you want but these are a great starting point.

  • What will I do to achieve my goals today?

  • What attitude will I approach today with?

  • What will I do to make myself happy today?

  • What will I do to make myself proud today?

  • What will I be good at today?

And, a great bonus question: 

  • What will I learn today?

Even if you also use a planner to map out every second of your day, this is an awesome exercise to warm up your brain in the morning and visualize where you’ll be by the end of it. This technique is especially helpful for those days when you have a vague sense of dread but can’t put a finger on exactly why-- I know you know what I’m talking about with that one!

This strategy helps you nail down the specifics of your day-- it’s not a big, amorphous blob of obligations-- it’s just 24 hours, where you will wake up, do x amount of things, and then go to sleep. And it’s going to be awesome. (Even if you don’t believe that try saying it to yourself anyway and see if that makes you feel better! "Fake it til you make it"... another post for another time). 

This can and should take all of five minutes. And the more you do it, the more efficient you get at it. The more you start to think about your Intentions the next day when you’re falling asleep the night before.

 

Happy Saturday guys! Do great things!