The Mindful Way to Be Productive
As our modern world becomes exceedingly cluttered and hectic, folks continue to look for ways to take more control of their lives, their decisions, and their mind.
Interestingly enough, even as we allow technology to dictate more and more of our day-to-day behavior millions are reconnecting with ancient beliefs and ancient practices like mindfulness to reboot and reset.
Deeply rooted in ancient traditional cultures (maybe most closely associated with Buddhism), the idea of mindfulness today has been fully embraced by the medical and scientific communities as a great way to fight anxiety, improve cognition, and even pushback against illness and disease.
Mindfulness is also practiced by elite professional athletes and top-tier amateurs as well as businesspeople and professionals in industries all over the world. These high performers are “hacking” their brains with mindfulness to become more productive – clearing the clutter from their mind and enjoying outsized results because of it.
The whole idea of mindfulness is laser focusing your awareness on the present moment in front of you, almost at the exclusion of everything else. You’re no longer thinking about what happened before, what’s to happen in the future, or how everything from your past influences everything in your future.
Instead, you’re focused on the here and now – what you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, and what you’re experiencing in the moment – with no judgment whatsoever.
This kind of mindset allows you to hyperfocus on the task at hand with an almost superhuman ability to increase your productivity. Stress levels decrease, endorphin levels increase, and you’re able to take on a lot more responsibility while performing at a higher level than before.
Some tips for helping to increase your productivity through mindfulness include:
Prioritize and Schedule Tomorrow Tonight
There’s no better time to schedule tomorrow than tonight, prioritizing your day and establishing goals for what must be accomplished ahead of time. This allows you to laser focus in the moment on the moment without having to scramble to figure out what needs to be done and when.
Start Your Morning with Deliberate Meditation
Even just 10 minutes of deliberate meditation immediately upon waking allows you to strengthen your “mindfulness muscles” more than maybe anything else. Observe your thoughts as they come and go without any judgment, focus on your breath and breathing at the exclusion of almost everything else, and continue to do so for 10 minutes straight (set a timer if you have to) and after a couple of days you’ll find yourself with almost superhuman focus abilities.
Take Things One Step at a Time
Abandon the idea of multitasking and spreading your mental bandwidth thin. Instead, tackle one thing at a time before moving on to the next project as often as you are able to. Your concentrated focus will increase your productivity and effectiveness significantly.