You’re busy. I get it! I am too, and I’ve found that making the time for meditation actually helps me to manage my time better… with less stress.
It sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? Sit and do nothing, while there’s an ever-growing mountain of responsibilities? You’re kidding, right?
The truth is, that the more overwhelmed and busy you are, the more meditation will help you. Here’s how – and why you will want to make sure to include meditation as part of your everyday routine:
- Meditation helps you focus and concentrate. Overwhelm and stress lead to scattered thinking and scattered thinking leads to incomplete thoughts, half-finished projects, analysis paralysis and procrastination. These productivity destroyers can easily be managed when you know how to shut down dis-empowering mental chatter and even stop paying attention to outside distractions like noisy co-workers.
Tip: Whenever you’re feeling like you’ve taken on more than you can handle, take 10-15 minutes to calm yourself. In this meditation, focus on the transient nature of life. All experiences and situations are temporary! If you can’t think of a way to resolve a problem and there’s no action you can take, don’t force any action. Just let it be… accept it as it is… and see how things evolve. In many cases, the act of not thinking about it as a “problem” makes it less of a crisis, and in this more relaxed state, you’re more apt to come up with solutions.
- Meditation teaches you discipline. We have so many distractions vying for our attention – social media, email, TV, radio, the Internet… and unless you’re disciplined and focused, you’ll waste tremendous amounts of time shifting your attention from one thing to another. It’s amazing how much you can achieve when you put in a short burst of concentrated effort, and stick to what you’re doing instead of giving in to temptations.
Tip: Whenever you feel tempted by distractions, make yourself stay focused on what you’re doing, with the promise of the reward of doing what you want for a little longer, after you have finished. You might say, “30 more minutes of blogging and then I’ll check my emails” (chances are, you’ll become so immersed in what you’re doing that more than 30 minutes will go by!)… or “I will call Anna back after I’m finished cleaning the kitchen.” Meantime, you can think about what you want to say to your friend when you finally do call! If it helps to put on music that helps you stay focused and on task, then do it! The LifeFlow tracks “Creative Flow” and “Optimal Learning” are great background tracks for when you’re working!
- Meditation makes you more creative. Many people think of creativity as a trait exclusive to artists but that’s not the case. Just by being a human, you are a creative being. Creativity helps us solve problems using new approaches. It helps us in conflict situations, to see the other person’s point of view. Creativity is necessary in everyday life – for instance fixing something if you lack the proper tools or modifying a recipe if you ran out of an ingredient. When you’re more creative, you spend less time ruminating about problems, and less time worrying about if you’re doing something right. You just do it!
Tip: Whenever you’re stuck on a problem, meditate on it and let it go. If you’re wondering how you’re going to repair the bridge that you burned with your co-worker, meditate on the ideal situation… and then release it. Don’t give it any more thought or emotional energy. Let your amazing mind come up with a solution – and be ready for the answer when it comes!
By becoming more relaxed, focused and creative, you can maximize the time you spend on any task, and actually achieve significantly more than you would in a frazzled, scattered and stuck state.
The 30 minutes you spend “doing nothing” has far-reaching benefits!
If you meditate every day, you’ll reap the benefits, and you’ll find that you can get more done in two hours of focused effort than you can in eight hours of scattered effort!