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Setting Intentions

December 7, 2021

Do you find yourself unmotivated easily? Learning to be more intentional can help you feel more focused, improve your productivity, and become more present in your daily lives.

Why be intentional?

Intentionality is about getting clarity about why you are making each decision and how that will affect you in the future. Taking steps to make more intentional decisions can help you with impulse control, and setting larger-picture intentions can help you gain clarity of where you are in life right now and where you want to go. Individuals who are intentional about their daily lives are more productive, happy, and motivated. How can we lead more intentional lives?

Understand the bigger picture

Without clear intentions, we may find ourselves lost in our daily errands with no clear purpose behind why we continue to do these daily tasks and eventually lose motivation to do them. The first step to becoming more intentional is to understand what you want: where do you see yourself in 6 months? In a year's time? What actions do you have to take to become this person?

Be mindful of what you do and who you do it with

Keep these high-level goals in mind as you go about your daily life: invest time and energy in the activities and people that help you progress towards this goal. In all your actions and interactions, be clear about why you're doing this and keep your higher-level goals in mind. Be careful with your time and energy. You might find that some activities don't help you towards your goals and don't spark joy — figure out ways to minimize these or eliminate them completely. Find out which parts of your day excite you or bring you closer to becoming a happier, better individual — maximize these types of events.

Intentionality with Opal

To become more intentional with Opal, try setting intentions that align with your bigger-picture goals. If you want to become more productive, for example, each time you want to check your distracting apps, ask yourself if this is truly necessary right now and if you may be better off putting your phone down and getting back to work.

Goal-setting and understanding yourself are at the core of intentionality. With so many distractions in our daily lives getting in the way of purposeful and meaningful actions, we want to help you get back on track at Opal. That's why taking a break from your Opal session brings up our Intention screen — we aim to nudge you towards taking breaks only when you truly need it.