5 Mindfulness Tips that Can Make You More Productive
We live in a world where multitasking is a way of life. In order to be successful leaders who achieve great things, we must pile on more and more responsibility and handle it all gracefully.
One way to approach this issue is by using technology to help speed up and automate a lot of our daily tasks. Productivity tools are very effective, but they’re not the only way you can balance your responsibilities.
Put a focus on mindfulness as well and you can maximize your productivity naturally. Here are 5 tips you can start applying today:
- Prioritize your tasks
- Eliminate distractions
- Take breaks
- Focus on your health
Thinking about everything you need to get done at once is a surefire way to overwhelm yourself. Allowing your mind to enter a state of panic will make you less efficient and more prone to mistakes in your work. To avoid this problem, make a point to always prioritize your tasks and tackle them one-by-one.
Every morning (or the night before) write down the most important things you need to accomplish. Then proceed to tackle each task individually. This makes your workload manageable, and helps keep your mind in a stress-free place while you work.
Turn off mobile and desktop notifications and resist the urge to check your email and social media. These distractions not only break your concentration, they can cause minor anxiety. Telling yourself “I’ll check my email after lunch” means you don’t have to constantly worry about that important message you’re waiting for.
If you like to have some kind of ambient background music while you work that’s fine, but make sure it’s not the radio. Create your own music playlists that are good for concentration.
Meditation isn’t a special skill you need to learn to apply. All you have to do is take 10 minutes (preferably in the mornings) to clear your mind and focus your breathing. Psychological research has shown that daily mindful breathing can reduce feelings of anxiety significantly.
Taking the time to focus on and clear your thoughts can eliminate a lot of junk that’s hindering your ability to work. Everyday life problems will always be there, but if you push them out of your mind for a while with meditation, you can improve your productivity significantly.
Breaks take up precious time you could spend working, but the results are always worth it. Take regular, short breaks every hour or so to clear your mind, take a walk, and meditate if you want. When you return to the task at hand you’ll feel refreshed and able to focus. Pushing through your work without allowing your mind to rest can make you less efficient and lead to more mistakes.
Mindfulness isn’t just a psychological process. Eating healthy and exercising make it easier to focus your mind and work more effectively. Food is fuel for the body and mind. So eat nutritious meals and healthy snacks, and don’t skip meals for the sake of your work.
Creating a regular morning routine is key to success here. Many people incorporate exercise into their early morning to help their brain focus for the day. If you’re not a morning person, try incorporating exercise after lunch to help clear your head for the rest of the day.
Creating the most productive you isn’t just about finding the right tools and work processes to get more done in less time. It’s also about caring for your mind so it works optimally all the time. Start integrating these mindfulness tips into your daily life to see the benefits for yourself.