Do you plan your day?

I do.

If you have ever attended my planning workshop, you know I plan my year, quarter, month, week, and day.  

I have been doing this for a long time because it works.  

However, I changed my weekly/daily process about six months ago and up-leveled my results.  

At the start of each week, I brainstorm everything I could do or want to do.  

I then do a bit more of a detailed plan of my week and move items from my brainstorm list to my commitment list.   These then become the things I have committed to myself to get done that week.  

Each day, I then set my intentions.  This is different than a to-do list, and it is different than the top 3 list.  

My intention is a decision or declaration of what I intend to do that day.  It’s also my intention on how things will go. (I intend to have a spectacular planning workshop!) I commit to myself to get these intentions done.  By setting my intention for the day, I keep myself focused on this smaller list.  I ignore my bigger weekly commitment list and stay on task.  

I have found that weekly brainstorming gets everything out of my head, and the activity of them committing myself helps me prioritize the longer list.  

Then I set my daily intentions.  These daily intentions keep me focused and my eyes off the big list.  Preventing me from “picking and choosing” what I work on that day or in that moment.  I focus solely on my intention.  When I finish everything I intended to for the day, I choose to treat myself or work ahead.  

This one change of making commitments to myself vs. a huge list of wishes has allowed me to stay more focused; I feel more accomplished, have more wins, and am getting more done.  

I invite you to give it a try.  If you do, I’d love to hear how it went for you.  

The secret to changing your life is in your intentions. Wishing, hoping and goal setting cannot accomplish change without intention. What is needed is a shift from the inert energy of wanting to the active energy of doing and intention.

Wayne Dryer