A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Before my yoga classes I accept the invitation to set an intention for practice, away from worldly distractions and toward my goal of concentrating and remaining in the now moment. An intention is a short powerful statement that affirms you have set a goal and intend to achieve it and I’ve been applying that to my blogging as well as to my yoga.
In Sanskrit, the word for intention is Sankalpa, and it’s a representation of a desire or positive thought that you want to manifest, a promise you make to yourself. — Setting Your Intention
Eckhart Tolle TV, “Spiritual Awakening in Daily Life”
The now moment is not what happens; it’s the space in which now happens.
A goal is directed towards a future outcome.
An intention (Sankalpa) is more a reminder about the present moment.
Setting intention, at least according to Buddhist teachings, is quite different than goal making. It is not oriented toward a future outcome. Instead, it is a path or practice that is focused on how you are “being” in the present moment. Your attention is on the ever-present “now” in the constantly changing flow of life. You set your intentions based on understanding what matters most to you and make a commitment to align your worldly actions with your inner values. — The Heart’s Intention
This mind map explores managing your space, clearing other distractions and doing one thing at a time. Click the link in the caption to view the image at full size.
Multitasking and Mediocrity
Juggling phone calls, e-mail, instant messages and computer work makes you less effective and productive. The more multitasking you do the more mediocre the results are. So I’m trying to break the multitasking habit by scheduling blocks of uninterrupted time to work in, setting my intention, then carrying through and getting the work done.
Abhyasa and Vairagya are Yoga principles aimed at becoming purposeful and letting go of attachment to the results. Abhyasa means having an attitude of persistent effort to attain and maintain a state of stable tranquility. Vairagya - non-attachment ie. focus is the essential companion. Combine the two principles to learn how to let go of the many attachments and focus on the now moment so you accomplish what you aim to do each day. Apply them to your blogging and you will be blogging yoga style.
Setting your blogging intention
You don’t have to practice Yoga to benefit from using the principles of setting your intention, persistent effort, non-attachment (focus) to achieve effective blogging time management. You can set your intention (Sankalpa) and combine Abhyasa and Vairagya principles with the Tips for Organized Blogging and the tools I suggest in 6 Simple Tips for New Bloggers.
- Write down your blogging goals for the following day every evening. Be brief and clear.
- Create a shortlist of 3 -4 major tasks for the day.
- Create a minor project list for tasks you may or may not have time to undertake.
- Exactly what do you want your blogging experience to look and feel like tomorrow? Set your intention. Write it down. Be brief and clear.
- When you begin in the morning refresh your intention, get rid of all distractions and focus on each task.
- From time to time throughout the day check in with yourself to discover if you on course. If you aren’t make an immediate adjustment by refreshing your intention.
Setting your intention to try blogging yoga style may be the change you need to make to become a more productive blogger.
Staying the course
I’m not allowing distraction or interruptions in the month of April. I’m focusing on my business, contracted work and getting my gardening started. My hubby is focused both on our business and on resuming our green home renovation project. That’s why my publishing on both blogs has decreased and been moved towards the middle to end of the week. It’s also why I have spent less time social networking. Next month my work load will be lighter so I’ll be able to resume bi-weekly publishing.