Note - the following post was written by Chelsea, our Chief Mindfulness Officer and creator of "ARC: mindfulness for children."
We all know someone who exemplifies the word “productive” and just seems to always get things done. They always appear calm and collected, and never actually look busy while being busy. Their grip on efficiency puts others to shame, and they do it with such effortless grace that you can’t help but to look at them with a mixture of awe and envy.
There is a plethora of articles out there with lists of tips to boost productivity, and they can be very helpful. They talk about chunking out your time, limiting distractions, prioritizing to-do lists, and taking care of your body (i.e. getting enough rest, eating right, and exercising).
But, one thing that keeps popping up more and more on these lists is mindfulness meditation. This is not a coincidence.
Productivity has several ingredients, but the key additives are time, focus, and energy. Becoming more mindful through a consistent meditation practice can give you more of all three.
How? By keeping you grounded in the present moment.
“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all other moments.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
How many times have you ended your day wondering where all your time went? I’m not talking about those occasional days that go by quickly because you were so immersed in the tasks at hand that you lost track of time - most of us have experienced being in a state of “flow,” and there’s no denying that it’s a wonderful state to be in.
But, how many of your day-to-day activities get you there?
Life is full of the mundane tasks that are necessary, but fail to challenge us. We know they need to get done, but saying that it’s easy to get distracted in the world we live in is a gross understatement. Your day begins and before you know it, it’s over with little progress to show for it.
This isn’t just bad for your productivity; this loss of time can wreak havoc on your sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.
Placing yourself firmly in the present moment will pull you out of the hazy mind-fog that distraction, multi-tasking, and running on auto-pilot produce. If you learn how to pay attention to each and every moment, you suddenly have more of them.
And, more moments infused with your undivided attention yield more accomplishment, which will energize you and give you the motivation you need to reclaim the rest of your time.
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