3 Simple Ways Meditation Improves Productivity

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Taking time to do nothing actually increases productivity, sounds contradictory right?

Well, it’s not. In fact, in this world that’s constantly speeding up, meditation is becoming more and more of a necessity for ‘successful people.’

Living, especially as a successful person, is fast-paced. If you can’t find a way to slow down every so often, you’re not going to be able to keep up.

So how does meditation help? Well that’s what is going to be explored here.

1. Meditation Is a Real Break

Have you ever heard that shouldn’t play games or use social media during your breaks? … Probably.

Have you ever heeded this advice? … Let’s be honest, probably not. In this modern world, that is our down-time. We love to check our feeds, see what our friends are up to, interact with them and everything else.

Now this isn’t inherently bad, but it does damage productivity. By a lot. This is because you’re actually causing dopamine to be released every time you do these things. Causing your brain to ‘work harder,’ and sending your focus all over the place.

For an effective break, dopamine is not the answer. Oxytocin is. Oxytocin is the opposite of dopamine, it’s soothing and relaxing. It helps your brain slow down from a million miles an hour, and actually take a break. Helping you to avoid burning out, among other things.

How does meditation play into this? Well, it just so happens that meditation is a very effective way to release Oxytocin. Causing the mind to take a real break, thus improving your productivity when you get back to work.

2. Puts Emotions and Problems into Perspective

Meditation, in the words of Headspace teacher Andy Puddicombe, is a good way to remind ourselves that the sky is always just beyond the clouds. In other words… That emotions and the busyness of life are always fleeting. They pass.

How can this help our productivity, you may ask? It’s simple really… How often have you been plagued by a nagging problem? How often have you been meaning to work, but far too caught up in some (in the scale of things) rather insignificant problem?

If you’re anything like every other human on the planet, it’s probably happened a lot. Luckily for us, meditation helps us realise how entirely pointless the worry of it is. It helps us to put everything back into perspective, and in my own personal experience — energises one to get back on with their work.

3. Meditation Improves Focus

In a 2012 article in Psychology Today, which can found here, it was proven that meditation actually improves mental focus. A quote from the article reads:

Compared to non-meditators, they [meditators] may be better equipped to quiet brain activity related to mind-wandering, a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests. This may come as good news, considering the buzz on our increasingly shrinking attention spans.

What does this mean for your productivity? Well, if you don’t know that already… You may need to meditate. Joking aside, this shows us that meditation enables improved focus. Focus being a vital aspect of all forms of productivity.

The ability to really sink your focus in to the task at hand is more valuable than could possibly be put in to words, from both a productivity and spiritual perspective. Never underestimate the importance of having control over your focus.

So there you have it, 3 very quick and simple ways that meditation improves your productivity. Don’t believe it? Give it a try anyway, and watch the improvement each and every day. Personal experience, after all, cannot be disputed.

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