Let’s face it: Everyone wants to be that superwoman or superman who gets everything done and has time to eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. But between your work life, your social life, and your inner life, it can be hard to find time for it all.
But the good news is, you can get everything done and you don’t have to go crazy doing it! Whether it’s at work, school, or your home life, developing a regular mindfulness meditation practice can help you make the most of your time and energy. Here’s how.
1. Mindfulness can improve focus.
Distractions happen, but a regular mindfulness meditation practice can help you stay focused on the task at hand in the present, instead of letting little distractions run away with you.
2. Mindfulness makes planning easier and more effective.
Mindfulness keeps you grounded in the present so you don’t get overwhelmed by all the items on your to-do list. It may sound weird, but focusing on the present can really help you in the future!
3. It will help you get a better night’s sleep.
No more nights like this! Mindfulness will help you deal with the “monkey mind” that so often leads to insomnia.
4. It will help you determine what’s really important.
We’ve all been there; that dreaded realization that your project is going nowhere, fast. Mindfulness focuses on awareness without judgment, which can help you figure out what tasks are most important and which are just depleting your time and energy.
5. Mindfulness can improve your creativity.
Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands found that mindfulness meditation improves openness to new ideas, which can help you find creative solutions to whatever roadblocks you might encounter. It might just make you feel as genius as Kanye thinks he is!
6. Mindfulness can even improve teamwork.
Sometimes the best way to be productive is to work as a team, but that can be hard if you and your teammate have different ideas about how things should be done. Mindfulness has been shown to increase empathy, which can help reduce conflicts with coworkers and promote better teamwork.
7. Finally, mindfulness can reduce stress and promote positive thinking.
Sometimes a positive attitude is the key to productivity. It’s easy to get bogged down by stress or anxiety, or that sense that you’ve got so much to do that you simply can’t get it done.
Mindfulness teaches us that a thought is just a thought and not a reality. If you’re feeling too stressed out to focus, mindfulness can keep you from getting sucked into a spiral of negative thoughts, freeing up the energy you need to be truly productive.
Do you practice mindfulness meditation? What changes have YOU seen in your life because of your practice? Share it with us in the comments!