One thing I’m learning to do with my very ADD brain is to set intentions. I have so much information, so many ideas, pending projects, hobbies, interests and responsibilities swirling around in my brain that it is easy for me to become stuck and unproductive with out a plan.
So for me setting intentions are a lot like goals without the weight of guilt when it doesn’t get done. I have an app with lists of things that need done. Many are short some are long but it is the command center for accomplishing anything. I have work and family lists of things that need to be done.
Now it is what it sounds like! it is a todo list with actual long and short term goals. But actually these are not the intentions I set. They are more a focus on accomplishing the things that bring me joy, ex. Making jewelry, writing.
Intentions also serve to help me accomplish the things that bring me peace of mind. Handling something that will decrease my stress on a busy work day. This may include writing appointments in my calendar, organizing my morning the night before, planning meals, working out or reviewing my to do list crossing off and adding items as needed.
I’ve learned that relying on the fast moving pace of my mind can feel overwhelming and paralyzing. Writing a to do list with the plan of completing so many things is a set up for failure. Yes they need to be done but reality for me is this rarely happens.
Intentions are about being mindful how do I feel? What must be done? What will bring me joy? What will bring me peace?
As a follower of Christ I always choose to view my life through the prism of God’s Word. I looked for scriptures about goals, plans and intentions. Here are a few scriptures helped me organize my thinking:
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5
“Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3
“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”
– Proverbs 24:27
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Wonʼt you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
– Philippians 4:8
God is a God of order. Though my brain does not function in the most orderly fashion I trust that God has provided me a means to work around it. As always, when my self guided attempts fail I rely on my faith. His strength is best displayed in my weakness!