We live in a world of intense distraction, where multitasking is commonplace. And the results have been predictable. We have trouble focusing and managing time. People who are the best time managing time. People who are the best time managers know how to focus, do what they do, and move on to the next task. When you do too many things at once, gets nothing done.
When we are not able to focus, we are lacking intention. What is intention? Intention is mentally giving direction to something- like determining the perferred outcome of a goal. Intention is knowing what you want from an activity. It is where the drive to focus and execute the activity stems from. You cannot focus without directing your attention to one thing intensely one thing that you approach with purpose.
Having Small-Scale Intention
In order to have intention on a small scale, such as approaching a single task or project with direction and a goal in mind. You must define what you do accept in your process, and what you do not. Avoiding what is unnecessary is a key part of having intention. For example: if you’re intention is to ask your boss for a raise, you would go into the meeting with your boss prepared to sell your accomplishments to him or her. You would avoid bringing up conflicts with coworkers and you shortcomings as an employee.
Having Marco-Scale Intention
The principle above are applicable to the scale of your entire life. Intention is the first link between knowing what your life to be like and actually living that life. The second link that follows intention is action. What is your vision for what you want in your life? What don’t you want? For example: if you intend to have a happy healthy marriage, you would set your mind on being loving, communicating well, being respectful, and having a shared life purpose. You would exclude any kind of abuse in your relationship. Another example: You want to be a good person, and you would exclude negative activities that distract you from bringing our your fundamental goodness.
Ahurde that people encounter with good or “pure” intentions Is that the desire to do something positive is there, but the results are thwarted by negative events. That’s why it is so vital to exclude what you don’t want when you’re trying to set and act on positive intention. If you protect your intentions like you’d protect a small child from harm,you’ll be more likely to succeed at actualizing them.