Recently I’ve gotten into the habit of setting weekly goals and intentions. Although I don’t always accomplish them all just having them there really helps me focus and to drive my motivation.
If you’re feeling stuck for a way to refocus your energy and centre on your goals weekly intentions may be for you. Here’s how I do it:
1. Find Your Strenghts
Start off by assessing where you are currently, think about the things you’ve achieved recently and how they’ve helped you work towards your goals. If you don’t feel you’ve made any progress recently then just start afresh by focusing on your general strengths. This doesn’t have to be something major, it can be as simple as being good at notetaking.
Once you’ve identified your strengths you can start assigning tasks for them. If there are five main goals you have for the week, then think of one of your strengths that can help with each goal. Although it may seem difficult to think of strengths at first they really can be as tenuous as you’d like.
Don’t worry if they aren’t work related, they don’t need to be. Your goals could literally just be to socialise with your friends a couple times, or to check out that new bookstore you’ve been meaning to visit.
2. Write it Down
For me writing is the key part of setting intentions, if you’re into journaling then make a page for your intentions. They way I do this is sort of like a basic weekly planner, filling in my intentions for each day. Then at the bottom of that list I’ll put some key things I’d like to take into consideration that week.
One of the positivies about writing your intentions down is that you can amend them! If you want to cross something off the list, swap days around, or make any notes then it’s pretty easy. Being able to do this physically helps the intentions to feel more ingrained in my weekly routine.
If you’re not a fan of literally writing everything out then you could type up your intentions, or even do voice notes. As long as you have some way to refer back to them then you’ll be fine.
3. Avoid Micromanaging
Don’t get caught up in the little details. I’m the sort of person who often falls into micromanaging everything, whilst this may seem beneficial at times it’s actually amazingly stressful. Setting intentions shouldn’t be stressful or feel like a burden, if you don’t have any intentions for a particular day that’s chill!
Once you’ve set your intentions there’s no need to obsess over them or check them a billion times. Just look at them in the morning then focus on working towards them when you can. They’re in no way set in stone. If you find yourself getting stressed about them take a look and see if you need to rearrange, or if you’ve overshot how much you can feasibly achieve.
4. Make Room for Change
Sometimes things don’t go to plan and that’s okay. If things change or one of your intentions is no longer possible that week then that’s perfectly fine. Set it for another week or some point when it will be doable.
If you stick too closely to a daily intention structure then the chances of you feeling as if you’ve done something ‘wrong’ or not well enough are pretty high. Life is messy and we can’t always control what goes on, so cutting yourself some slack when things mess up is worth it in the long run.
5. Review your progress
This step isn’t technically necessarily, but it often helps me out quite a bit. At the end of the week I look back over my intentions that I set and see which I accomplished and which I struggled with. Looking at how I did helps shape what I set for the next week, and also helps me decide if there are any intentions I want to carry forward also.