I start every day with a to-do list. A punch list. I should call it a push list, because these days 80% of my job is promotions.
But a to-do list is not the same as an intention list.
In fact, I think if you have an intention list, you may be even more OCD, control freakish than me and you might need some help from my friend Trish Whynot to whom I dedicate this post.
Trish asked the universe (via facebook) “Today is the first day of the rest of your life. How are you going to start it?”
My first response was to grumble, shut my laptop and mutter something about Monday and working and getting kids to school and… grumble, punch list, whine, to-do, moan, groceries, kvetch, laundy, grrrrr.
What a horrible way to start the day – overwhelmed, frustrated and upset before I even began because nothing I wanted to do was on The List, and I could already see that The List was so long that I wouldn’t be finishing it today, which meant I was starting the rest of my life in the hole. Cue the Dark Cloud of Doom.
I shook it off and went about my morning – got the girlgoyels out the door for school, found the spare space heater (Yes, I have heat in my office now!), made the grocery list, got dinner in the crockpot, threw the pets outside and finally got in the car to go to work.
In the 5 minutes I was in the car, I had a Bruce Almighty moment.
I realized that the signs were all around me. Trish didn’t care about my stupid to-do list – she cared about my intentions.
Intentions have been coming up a lot lately. At a presentation given by Simone Marean of the Girls Leadership Institute, when she talked about helping girls identify their intentions before escalating a conflict, or really before engaging in a conflict. What did they really want, and how could they communicate that in order to achieve it?
In my social media coaching, I try to help people establish realistic intentions for social media. (Because no, it won’t sell you a million books, but it might help you engage a new audience or expand your voice.)
But then in my own life, I’ve been forgetting. I’ve been so wrapped up in punch lists (which sound like such an aggressive way to attack the day) that I’ve forgotten to set some intentions of my own.
So today, in honor of Trish, I’m stepping away from my punch list/push list and I’m clearing the path for some intentions.
Today I intend to spend some time telling people about some amazing books, stories and authors that I am enjoying.
Today I intend to spend some time reading an intriguing MS in my comfy office chair and pondering the market for it, as well as what changes might be needed to reach that market.
Today I intend to enjoy my time geeking out with words.
And at the end of the work day, I intend to go home and tickle my girls and smooch my hubby and get all snuggly in my life.
I further intend to save enough energy for myself that I can stay up late reading The Tainted City.
What are your intentions for the day?