Daily mindfulness practices allow us to show up as our best selves.
What would your typical workday look like with less stress and emotional reactivity—and more cognitive flexibility, gratitude, and working memory? The consistent practice of mindfulness is not only helpful for our people at Public Knowledge® but the clients that we serve. In fact, we use a variety of mindful tactics in our approach to project management when forming and maintaining healthy teams.
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”James Baraz
Setting Daily Intentions vs. Daily Tasks
There’s more to planning your day than checking off each task on your to-do list.
Setting an intention guides your choices and mindset throughout the day; and is a purposeful, positive phrase. Daily intentions help you to live within your values while getting closer to achieving your goals. Your intentions will inform how you approach your tasks and can assist you in how you interact with others. It is a powerful tool used by leaders because they understand they have full control over how they “show up” in a situation.
The Value of Setting Intentions
By taking these few moments for yourself at the beginning of each day, this small, consistent change nurtures a more positive mindset. Cultivating a mindfulness-oriented approach is a priority at our firm, to lead with intentionality with our clients. As thought leaders, setting intentions maximizes our ability to think critically and be a catalyst for positive outcomes.
How Do You Set an Intention?
If you’re unsure of where to start, that’s okay! It can be as simple as taking a deep breath and asking yourself how to do you want to feel today and the energy you want to attract. Think of these as a gentle guideline, not a strict rule. Additionally, physically writing it down in a place where you can see it can be helpful.
Examples of a Daily Intention
Today, I intend to…
- Be present in the moment
- Show appreciation to myself and others
- Lead with intention and kindness
- Breathe fully and deeply throughout the day