Did you know that sitting still can make us more productive? That is, meditation for productivity can be far superior to all of our other attempts at trying to be productive like downloading another productivity app, logging out of Facebook or buying new books and pens to motivate ourselves to write that 5000 word essay.
Meditation for productivity is a new concept that is taking the productivity world by storm. We would like to shine more light on this topic because we absolutely love the direction it is going in.
The Old Meaning of Productivity
In this day and age, many of us want to be more productive. Our desire is to work smarter and harder so we can efficiently reap the benefits of our work. To become more productive, many of us turn to productivity advice. We type in ‘how to be productive’ on Google and lists upon lists of well-meaning productivity tips and tricks appear. Many of them consist of practical strategies like deleting social media apps, using journal planners, to-do lists and playing white noise. Some of them even go far as to analyse the routine of successful (hence, productive) people. Businesses are also capitalising on this desire of ours with productivity apps (we love Goodnotes!), pretty planners, iPads and so on.
As we studied our way through medical school, we have always loved improving our productivity. However, we felt like something was missing. We had taken many practical advice on board, yet at the crux of it, they were all the same. These advice based themselves off on our performance, skills, time management, ability to burn ourselves out, et cetera. We realised that all of these factors were themselves, based off on our health and wellbeing; our mind, our body and our spirit.
A New Concept of Productivity
We wanted a more wholesome and holistic approach, something that wouldn’t result in the endless stories of burnout, performance anxiety and mental health issues. So we looked into our how mindfulness and meditation could help us with this common goal.
What we found were when we use meditation for focus and concentration, we
- Nurture our brains, we become more creative, more focussed, better problem solvers and communicators.
- Nurture our body, we’re able to sit for a few hours without back pain, have more energy and hands-on skills.
- Nurture our hearts, we’re more compassionate, have greater emotional connection and can empathise with others and ourselves.
- Nurture our minds, we believe in our own worth so we’re able to withstand criticism, we can self-reflect for areas of improvement and we can push ourselves in the midst of low motivation.
- Nurture our spirituality, we are able to connect with what we’re doing, find joy in the process and become less prone to burnout.
Ultimately, all of these things contribute to productivity. Meditation and mindfulness play an extremely important role in cultivating goodness from our mind, body and spirit. The practice also improves our mood and overall sense of wellbeing which is critical to our productivity. The best thing about this we can use it to complement the practical productivity strategies that we’re using to create an even greater effect!
What We Can Do
The best thing about this concept of meditation for productivity is that it can be free! There is no need to spend more money on productivity apps or spend ages looking for the right template to start a journal, we can start right here and right now.
There are so many free meditation guides out there including my podcast ‘Mindfulness for a Nourished Mind’ which you can find on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Youtube or any other podcasting platforms.
We recommend choosing specific practices such as guided meditation for focus and energy or guided meditation for productivity. Also remember that meditation also includes music! My favourite meditation music for focus and productivity includes low-fi beats and rain sounds.
Looking After Ourselves is the Best Productive Tool
For a fruit tree to flower and bud, its roots, trunks, branches and leaves must be healthy. Similar to ourselves, we need to nourish our being before we are able to create, produce, bake, master or do the things we were born to do.
How to be Productive
Everyone has their own interpretation of productivity. Some people think it’s grinding and hustling, while others believe in working smarter, not harder. At Embody Nourish, we believe productivity means working to the best of our abilities to achieve something that we truly want. All the while keeping our bodies healthy and minds nourished – that’s the number one priority.
This article is part of our ‘how to be productive’ series so if you liked it then check out these ones!
- 5 ways to welcome the day – if you’re looking for something that is more practical to do in the morning, then this article is for you!
- Spiritual benefits of waking up early – discover how one early morning hour can change your life and increase your productivity levels. This is a more mindful approach to productivity.