What do meditation and productivity have in common? In this article we discuss how mindfulness can help you become more productive.
Before we dive further into mindfulness and personal productivity, we should define mindfulness. There are many definitions, but for this article we think of mindfulness as “a present-state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive”.
Achievement without appreciation is an empty victory. Mindfulness helps cultivate appreciation. If you can’t be happy with what you have, you will never be made happy by what you get. Productivity and mindfulness might not seem related, but they are.
Meditation has many benefits. It helps us refresh, helps us settle into what’s happening now and helps us cope in a world filled with information overload. And, meditation makes us more productive.
Possibly the most well documented effects of mindfulness is relief of stress. Meditation has been used for centuries to sharpen the mind and reduce stress. There are many studies supporting this. A study done in 2005 found that an 8 week mindfulness training course reduced stress in health care professionals. This research has been conducted by Shapiro.
It is well known that stress makes us less productive and when we are stressed we often end up feeling burned up or rushed.
Another benefit of meditation is that it helps you increase the capacity to resist distracting urges. By meditating you focus on your breath. If you are good at keeping your focus, this will help you have greater control over your focus.
Also, mindfulness meditation can help lower emotional reactivity. Which makes you better at dealing with negative stimuli. Mindful people are more able to take criticism board or ignore it where necessary.
The idea of meditation is very simple. Just focus on your breathing for some time. Sit with a straight back on a plane surface and concentrate on breathing in and breathing out. If this is your first time, and you find it hard to focus on your breath, don’t worry. Just try again. It’s not easy to just close your eyes and meditate right away. Practice makes perfect. If you lose your concentration, you must bring yourself back and concentrate on your breath. Inhale and exhale until the meditation is over. You might want to start meditation for some minutes, and working up towards 20 minutes of meditation.