Intentional thinking is different. It’s when you carve out a certain amount of time to do productive thinking, with productive being the key word there.
Intentional thinking differs from rumination because it is done with, wait for it…intention.
It’s making a plan to work out an actual problem. Cal Newport, the author of Deep Work
and So Good They Can’t Ignore You
, is exemplary when it comes to intentional thinking. He chooses certain times to work out problems in his mind.
He devotes specific amounts of time to use his mind for productive purposes. In this way, he can resolve issues in a healthy way
I know, this sounds difficult. It’s like telling someone with anxiety to stop being anxious. But, in a way, this is what I’m saying. It’s a shift in mindset. Rather than letting your mind get the best of you and filling up empty spaces with needless thoughts, you are getting ahead of your mind and planning the time that you’d like to think.
Believe me, this makes a huge difference. When you plan your thinking time, your mind can rest easy knowing that there will be a time for it to act. If you don’t do this, the mind has a tendency to want to fill up all the downtime in your life. It wants to take control.
Don’t allow this.
Get ahead of your mind and call the shots.
Practice this today. Think about the difference between rumination and intentional thinking. Soon you’ll figure out a strategy that works best for you.
To productive thinking!
P.S. I LOVE that I’m hearing from new people. Thank you for your emails, old friends and new ones. I’m figuring out how to most efficiently get back to all of you, but I still plan to respond to each and every message as I’m able. Thank you.