Do you ever wonder how to manage time better?
I mean, how often does an entire day pass you by, leaving more than half of what’s on your ‘to do’ list still left to do?
Even though you may have planned perfectly your schedule for the day, something seems to always get in the way, leaving you feeling unaccomplished and wishing for more hours in the day.
Would you believe me if I told you how to manage time better, if it included adding one more thing?
Each day could actually become easier, more enjoyable and certainly more accomplished.
How? By incorporating just a few moments of meditation each day.
Don’t believe me?
I get it!
How on earth can you find and devote time to practice even a few moments of meditation when your day is already jam packed?
If it was that easy to stretch hours of the day, wouldn’t you already be doing this on weekends and when on vacation?
Well how about staying with me for just a few more moments, with that open mind of yours.
Let’s see if we can really help you kick off a new week by adding a few more relaxing hours to your day by simply showing you how to manage time better than you ever have before.
Now, you may or may not know that meditation re-charges your batteries, refreshing you, connecting you to your higher selves and generally helping you cope with your inner world as well as your outer world.
Believe it or not, it makes you more productive and increases your capacity to resist distracting urges of the mind.
Meditating for just 10 minutes a day will even strengthen your willpower, which in turn helps you in the completion of your daily ‘to do’s’ without constant distractions. Oh and contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking really isn’t as productive as we’d like to believe.
Some simple facts worth being aware of, if you’d seriously like to know how to manage time better than ever before:
- Meditation helps you become more efficient and laser focused.
Just a few minutes of meditation each day increases concentration levels, self-discipline, self awareness and persistence.
- Often, without us even realising, much of our time is lost because our mind is oscillating between the past and planning for the future. Daily meditation however, encourages and brings the mind back to the present moment, which is where we have the power to act now. When your mind is in the present moment, you can accomplish so much more.
- Meditation affects the anterior cingulate cortex. This is a part of the brain responsible for monitoring your focus and self-control. As meditation increases awareness and skills, this means we make fewer mistakes in whatever we do. This in turn can save us precious time, in what would otherwise have been spent sorting them out.
- Daily meditation (whether for 10 minutes or 60 minutes) offers quite a few subtle benefits too. One being the evolution of your own intuition. You could say meditation works the intuition muscle day by day and as it becomes stronger, decision-making becomes easier, saving you time in both the workplace and at home.
- Even after a good night’s sleep of 8 hours, do you ever find yourself still feeling tired and lethargic the next day? Many of us even go through until lunchtime on autopilot. Do you do this? On days like these however, meditation is truly amazing. It can and does raise energy levels and enthusiasm.
- A mindful state of being is key to self-regulation and decreases the tendency to procrastinate. Studies by the University of Windsor describes meditation as a tool for promoting acceptance and moving past negative self-talk. This in turn reduces frustration, self-sabotage and generally giving up on any tasks at hand. Regular meditators are rewarded by finding themselves much more mindful in any given moment and far less judgemental of themselves and others.
So the next time you’re wondering how to manage time better and you’re feeling like you need to cram it all in, stay up late again to get it finished, or just push through tired or not, do yourself a favour.
Remind yourself how even a few minutes of simple meditation can be more productive to your day and your sanity.
It sounds insane but making space for a few minutes of no stimulation is often how to manage time and get so much more done.