Meditation as a productivity tool
If you’re too busy to meditate, this article is for you. Wondering how doing nothing for 10–20 minutes a day can improve your productivity?
This is one of the many reasons why people are turning to this ancient practice today.
Many people, when they hear the word “meditation”, probably associate it with Buddhism or yoga. They think of it as a religious practice, for those pursuing nirvana or enlightenment.
Meditation isn’t just for monks and hippies anymore.
People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do nothing? It’s hard to justify.
Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you’re still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive.
The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it
Meditation is one thing that many of the world’s most successful people have in common. It’s used by actors, artists, professors, engineers and innovators as a way to boost creativity and productivity. We’re dealing here with some pretty busy people who aren’t going to be setting time aside unless they feel it’s producing tangible benefits.
Meditation is for everyone. Everyone, that is, who wants to realize their highest potential, succeed in whatever it is that they do, and live life to the fullest.
It has been scientifically proven that meditation provides immense benefits to our minds. Regular practice will increase your focus, tuning out distractions which leads to an increase in productivity. With regular meditation, you will be able to do more work within the same amount of time. Just think about how much of our working day is wasted by lack of focus, stress and general negativity.
A daily meditation practice will supercharge your mind. You will become more energized and refreshed, and not fall victim to the fatigue that makes it almost impossible to concentrate. You will learn to let go of non-essential activities that prevent you from taking your time and doing your best on the important things. The practice of mindfulness gives you great clarity on what is important in life and what is a complete waste of time and energy — and will help you break free from the time-wasting activities. Meditation promotes a sense of peace and well-being, which in turn makes you feel good about everything you do. This increases motivation and happiness with everyday tasks. You’ll gain fresh perspectives on life and on the activities you need to devote yourself to; new perspectives aid in problem-solving and reduce stress even further because you come to see that there are options.
Hugh Jackman, the celebrated Australian born actor (known for his character — Wolverine in X-Men film series), recently revealed why he loves meditating. He certainly wasn’t all zen when he found meditation.
“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it. Nothing has ever opened my eyes like Meditation has. It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!
With meditation, my anxiety levels dropped considerably. The mind can make us worry about things beyond their measure. And the great thing about meditation is that twice a day, the monkey mind just calms down.” — Hugh Jackman
It’s not easy to master meditation, it’s not impossible either.
The thing is, it’s really hard to clear your mind of thoughts, with a lot of things going on in your life. You might even feel like opening your eyes, to check on things.
Meditation teaches us to resist the urge to do counterproductive activities.
Meditating daily will strengthen your willpower muscle. Your urges won’t disappear, but you will be better equipped to manage them. And you will have experience that proves to you that the urge is only a suggestion. You are in control.
So how do you do it?
If you have no idea on how to start, try Trixie: Personal meditation assistant.
You can find “learn how to meditate” category in the meditation library of the app. You can also enjoy a lot of other interesting sessions.
Just follow the instruction and focus on your breathing. With regular practice, you will be able to start concentrating on and enjoying your meditation.
You can download the app from App store or Play store for free. DM or tweet with the code word BANANA for a 2 month free trial. You can also find Trixie on Facebook and today launched the app on Product Hunt too.
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Happy meditating! ☺️