In the spirit of Steve Jobs, I have shamelessly stolen a great idea. And I’m sharing this great idea with you, because it can help you become a better you. How? Three words: daily intention checklist.
What is the Daily Intention Checklist?
My friend Elizabeth posted on Facebook a few weeks ago that she had created this daily checklist to help her live more intentionally.
I love this, because it’s a simple way to make intention setting and realization an achievable practice. You create a list of intentions. Then every single day, you look at that list, check off what you’ve done and see what you haven’t done. So simple, huh?
What’s on My Intention Checklist?
If you follow mymusinglife on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I try to provide a unique daily mantra to inspire (me and) anyone who follows me to be a better version of themselves.
Because this intention checklist was going to have the same list of intentions every day, nothing unique, I thought long and hard about what I truly wanted to manifest in my life on a daily basis.
I knew that I wanted to keep the list relatively short. This way, I wouldn’t feel like a total failure if I had 25 things listed and only ever managed to accomplish two. And, I wouldn’t get overwhelmed in the first place seeing 25 things and feeling like I had to do them all.
After some trial and error, I selected three broad categories that are important to me (physical health, emotional health, and relationship to others), from these categories, I set eight intentions. These include moving my body, drinking water, eating well, meditating, journaling, reading, connecting with people, and acting with kindness.
Where to go with this List
I’ve only been doing this a week, but it’s already very apparent where I need to bring greater attention. I need to focus more on my writing, which is a form of self-care for me. I need to connect more with others, which, as an extrovert, revitalizes me. And, I need to act with kindness more.
I will continue to tweak this list, at the end of each month evaluating whether a certain intention should stay on the list (because I still need to work on it) or be removed from the list (because it’s become part of who I am). And, undoubtedly, other intentions will be added, as I choose to develop other aspects of myself.
However this evolves, the intention checklist is both a challenge and a reminder to think about how you want to live and to become who you want to be. I accept the challenge.