The art of meditation
Meditation won’t necessarily make your work and life demands less demanding but it will give you the ability to see clearly so you can focus your attention on the most important tasks in any moment and this can make a huge difference to your productivity.
Rather than have an anxious brain moving from one task to another and, let’s be totally honest, not doing any of the tasks effectively or efficiently, meditation will help you to focus on one task at a time, complete this and move on to the next task which will boost your productivity.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Habits of distraction
If you do several tasks at one time, you can’t possibly do any of them to the best of your ability.
Researchers at the University of London have discovered that workers involved in multi-tasking experienced a sharper drop in IQ than if they had been smoking marijuana or had stayed up all night, and the more we multi-task the more we reinforce this habit of distraction.
You may do more but the quality is compromised and therefore, you are not as productive as you think you are.
The solution for this is meditation
Meditation enhances focus, creativity and relaxation, daily mediation will supercharge your mind, which means you will be able to accomplish more in less time and you will have the ability to focus on a task and block out any distractions making you more effective and efficient.
The other benefits are:
1). Creativity: you can become more effective at problem-solving
2). Clears your mind to focus on one task at a time
3). Increases your energy and reduces fatigue
4). Reduces stress and procrastination
5). Let go of non-essential tasks that drain your time and energy
6). Promotes well-being which can increase motivation with everyday tasks
7). Mindfulness and awareness (being present in the moment) can help you enjoy what you are doing and when you enjoy what you are doing your productivity increases
8). New and fresh perspectives on day to day life and tasks that need to be completed
Studies show that advanced meditators have a high “mind brain development trait.” People with this trait show an eagerness to learn, are open-minded, calm and playful.
Their logical thinking and planning is enhanced and their brain resources are utilised more economically.
In simple terms people who meditate are able to focus easily and remain “in the zone” for longer periods of time.
So meditation can improve your productivity as well as your efficiency, it also reduces stress and increases focus, do you need more convincing?
By practicing mediation daily you can say goodbye to multi tasking, get everything done and be more relaxed about everything.
Personally, meditation has been life changing for me and I practice it daily, the benefits are not truly seen and understood until your start a daily meditation practice and there are many techniques you can use.
The two I use are Transcendental Meditation and The ThetaHealing® technique which is a meditation technique and spiritual philosophy to create a positive lifestyle.
Two simple techniques to try
Finding a meditation style that works for you is essential as the more regularly you can practice the more benefits you will see. These are two simple technique that you can try, they can be used daily and can be used anywhere.
Sit or lie comfortably and starting with you head working down through your neck to your arms, torso, legs and feet.
Notice if you feel any tension and release this, relax all these areas as you work through them, relax and focus on your breath for a few minutes, before opening your eyes and becoming more aware of what is going on around you.
Focus on the Breath
Sit comfortably and focus on our breath, notice your inhalation and exhalation, let your tension go with each breath. When you find your mind wandering just gently bring it back to your breath.
There are a number of apps and free guided meditations; you just need to find the right way for you.
So give it a try it and see how it works for you. It can take time to build up your meditation practice but you can just start with 5 minutes a day. If you need help with finding the right way to meditate for you then I would love to hear from you.
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