How To Be Intentional Throughout the Day
Posted: August 1, 2022
Aristotle once said, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.” Far more recently, Richie Norton said “Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” Perhaps most famously, Linda Girimonte on her TikTok said we should be intentional every day. What, however, does being intentional even mean? Being intentional is having a purpose behind our actions. It involves being clear on what we want, making a plan, and following through with it. Intentionality is something we do constantly; we assess the reason we do something and if it’s further our goals, or instead hindering them. Being intentional is being in control of our actions, feelings, and thoughts! With such a lofty subject, it may be hard imagining how you can be intentional throughout the day. Luckily, Linda has given us some wonderful tips on how to be intentional at each point in the day. Check out how to be intentional … … In the Morning. Being intentional starts when you wake up. Before starting your day, think: what do I want to accomplish today? You don’t need some grandiose goal, like achieving world peace, either. Maybe your intention is to be more mindful by checking in with your emotions. Perhaps it’s to clean the dishes finally. Maybe your intention is simply to get some well-needed rest in. Whatever your intention, you need to first name it in the morning before you can format the rest of your day to achieve it. … In the Afternoon. Use the midday point to do a check in with yourself. How have you been intentional thus far? Have you set a goal, then didn’t think about it again? Or have you done actions to achieve your intention? This may be a great time to sit down with a pen and paper and write out your goals for the rest of the day. You may even write your intention at the top of the page as yet another reminder. Maybe you write your intention on some sticky notes and place them around the house to see, too! … Before You Go To Bed. Do a self inventory and recall your day. How were you intentional throughout the day? Are there situations left unresolved that you’ll need to address in the morning? How was your communication with others - was anything left unsaid? Before you go to bed is a great time to recall your day and gauge how intentional, or purposeful, your actions were. This may also be an ideal time to write in your gratitude journal. Be intentional with this writing, too; don’t just slap some stuff you’re kind of grateful for down on paper! Really write with intent. If you don’t fare well with pencil and paper, you can use an online app, like this one, to practice gratitude journaling. We hope this blog provided some advice on how to be more intentional throughout your day! If you want more free tips, check out Linda Girimonte’s TikTok, Talks With Linda T, to hear more. If your intention is to start your healing journey, we can help with that, too! We have providers that would love to hear what’s on your mind. Reach out today by emailing email@example.com to get scheduled with a provider at Therapy Beyond Healing. We look forward to hearing from you!