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If you feel you’re working more yet you’re getting less accomplished, you are not alone. The world is constantly busy, constantly working, and still many people feel as if they aren’t as productive as they were in the past. It turns out too many people are trying to do too much at once, and it’s only making it more difficult to get anything done at all. It’s time to learn how the art of mindfulness is useful in boosting productivity to make life easier.
Stop and Breathe
One way to become more productive using mindfulness is to use the basics of this practice. Being mindful means being aware of what is going on in your life. It means being aware of what’s going on around you, in your mind, and in the moment. Take a few moments when you’re feeling overwhelmed and unproductive to stop and breathe. Breathing slowing and deliberately clears your mind and enables you to focus. If you want some guidance on this, there are several apps and sites with short meditations that can help.
Notice What You’re Feeling
You’re not feeling productive, but why not? Are you doing too many things at once and feeling lost in the process? Are you rushed? Are you feeling as if you’re never going to get it all done and that’s making you feel upset? Figure out what you’re feeling and write it down. Now you can see what’s really bothering you and making you feel this way, and you can check that off your list immediately by handling it. For example, perhaps you have to leave for the evening in a few hours and you have a long to-do list you can’t seem to finish because you really want to come home to a clean house.
You can’t focus on your work until your house is straightened up. Stop what you’re doing and take a few moments to wipe down the counters or start some laundry. Once it’s off your mind because it’s done, you have more time to focus on the things you were doing.
Accept Things You Can’t Control
You can’t do everything, and it’s time to accept that. When you’re mindful of the fact you can’t control something right this second for whatever reason, you’re able to let it go and focus on what you can control. It helps with work, it helps at home, and it helps with your productivity. Make a list of everything you’re doing and separate it by what you can control and what you can’t. That tangible reminder helps you feel more motivated to handle what you can. You can’t control everything, but you can control your reaction to it.
Mindfulness is not always easy to practice unless you take the time to make it stick. Your mind and body know what you want and need, but you need to learn how to focus on that rather than focusing on everything else. Take the time to be present and learn how to make your mindfulness routine more productive.
When can you take some time today to work on these strategies?