Do you ever get to Friday and wonder where the week went?

It happens to me all the time.

One useful tip I’ve learnt over the years is to start Monday by setting your intentions for the week to come.

Intentions differ from items on your to-do list, which are generally concrete, time-limited tasks. Instead, intentions are more to do with your wellbeing and focus.

Some are silly and others are serious. Whatever form they take, their purpose is to bring about positive focus and foster a sense of wellbeing.

Your intention may be to spend more time in nature, or more time away from your screen. It may be to prioritise rest, or to panic less when things don’t go to plan. Or, you may want to talk more to friends of family about non-PhD things.

Exactly what your intentions are will depend on how you are feeling right now and what tasks you have on your to-do list for the week to come. How do you think this week will pan out? What will you need to prioritise when it comes to your focus and wellbeing in order to stay on track and feel balanced? Think carefully about these questions and then use the answers as inspiration.

Setting intentions on a Monday can help to ground you as the week gets into gear and as the PhD starts to throw stresses and challenges your way. Then, on Friday, you can look back and ask yourself whether you stayed true to them.

Good luck.


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