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Mindfulness Increases Productivity & Joy!

Stay Present with One Task

We've all heard of phrases like, 'Stay in the present moment,' and 'be in the now.' Yet, how many thoughts are going through your head when you are taking a shower, making breakfast, doing the dishes, or having a conversation with friends? Add in the "skill" of multi-tasking and how can you truly being present to what's right in front?

Placing your attention on one thing at a time or the person that's right in front of you, will increase  efficiency, productivity, creativity, as your learn to stay more focused. You will also feel much calmer and more present for the people in your life!  So how do we reap the benefits? We practice!

Practice Practice Practice!

You can practice being present to what's in front of you with a focused meditation on simple, every-day sort of tasks. For example, while making breakfast, cleaning the dishes, eating a meal, writing a report, or anything in your life that you might normally be able to 'check out of' while in the process!

The only ONE SIMPLE RULE: you must give your full attention to what is in front of you, the moment or task at hand. If you are making breakfast you maintain focus on what ingredients you need and how you slice or chop them, what the water feels like when you wash your hands, the way you are standing as you create a mindfulness masterpiece!

If other thoughts come up, like errands, chores and work stuff, you notice them and then consciously release them; they will be there for you later. If you can't seem to get past your to-do list or something important popped into your head that you don't want to forget, then stop, write it down and then continue with the mindful-based task at hand. What eventually happens is that you your experience of making breakfast will be more enjoyable and calming. 

Start with small tasks like a shower or making breakfast -  See what you notice at the end of the day as it relates to your sense of self confidence or joy.  

Try these mindfulness tips especially when life seems to throw new tasks at you all the time: 

  • Make a list, prioritize the list and then begin with the first item on the list. 
  • Fold the bottom of the paper up to "hide" everything but the item at hand. Don't look at the whole list, that might be too overwhelming.
  • Turn OFF the notifications and the ringer on your phone and set a time to check in later.
  • Notice when you find your mind spreading itself thin and re-focus your attention. One thing, one focus, one clearer mind!

Reap the Benefits

When you engage a mindfulness practice on a regular basis and in more aspects of your life, notice if you get more done and how the quality of your work is. You will begin to find that you are more efficient, more productive, more creative and more present for the people in your life! You will feel more clarity and spaciousness by finding it easier to complete tasks because you are giving them all of your attention!

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