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How to Set a One Minute Intention

Susan L. Reid

Need extra focus for your day?
Want to stop getting side-tracked?
Want to get lots done?

  • One minute is all you need to focus your time and attention.
  • One minute is all you need to remind yourself of what’s important and what’s not.
  • One minute is all you need to revitalize your course and heading.

Intention is one of the most powerful focusing tools that we have, and here's how it works:

Step 1

Picture of paper and pencilAt the beginning of your day, grab a piece of paper and pencil, set your timer for one minute, and ask yourself this question: What is the big vision for my day? Then just write the first things that come to you. Never mind about editing, spelling, or structure. Don’t let your left-brain engage with the things that you should get done today. No need to try and figure out how you are going to do this and that. Just write until the timer goes off. Then sit back and look at the list.

Next, put your list in a convenient place where you can easily access it throughout the day.

Here's how it works: By using the phrase “the big vision for my day” you are engaging the intuitive, right-side of your brain that looks at the whole of your day and synthesizes your bigger life picture.

Left Brain

Right Brain

Looks at parts

Looks at wholes

Step 2

Picture of clockSet your timer, watch, or computer to go off at the top of each hour, for one minute. When the beep goes off, take out your piece of paper, look at what you wrote and focus on it and nothing else for one minute. After the one minute is up, put your list away and go about your day, knowing that the left-side of your brain will actively engage in the process of objectively looking at the parts and putting them in a sequential order that is logical. Repeat this step for the duration of your work day.

Here's how it works: Most individuals have a distinct preference for either left or right-brain styles of thinking. By utilizing this whole-brain exercise, you will discover that your production will increase, distractions decrease, and you will feel more energized because you are focused and on-task throughout your day.

That's all there is to it. Have fun!

© 2006 Susan L. Reid

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Copyright ©2006 by Susan L. Reid, DMA

Susan L Reid, DMA, Small Business Start Up Coach, Consultant & Accidental Pren-her™ is the author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success. Known for taking the fear out of starting up businesses, Susan provides value, inspiration and direction to entrepreneurial women starting up and launching small businesses. 

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