I’d love to talk about productivity for a few moments….
I look around and I see so many people wasting their time…this is because they have forgotten that they are the director of their life and daily flow.
Most people– from the moment they get out of bed until the moment they go to sleep–are living in a reactionary, fight or flight experience. This can be incredibly exhausting, ungrounding, frustrating and an unproductive way to live. If you live like this I’m sure you know.
Lets be honest, most people’s mornings start something like this:
- Wake up to the sound of an annoying alarm sound or an even worst sounding top 10 pop song on the radio.
- Then they roll over, check Facebook, email, Twitter, the news and then Farmville to water their digital Kale so they can make digital kale chips and sell them at the pretend digital Saturday market.
- Then, all of a sudden they fall back into their bodies, notice an hour and fifteen minutes just passed and they still haven’t even put their feet on the floor or taken their first conscious breath to greet the new day.
So what do they do next?
- They jump out of bed like an Usain Bolt racing the hundred meter dash….
- Throw on yesterday’s underwear and two mismatched socks
- Head straight to the coffee grinder for a boost of adrenaline
- While sipping their coffee they scroll Facebook again…
- check their emails again…
- Put fertilizer on their digital kale so those digital insects don’t eat it before digital market day.
- …and then they walk into the wall while heading out the door because their face is buried in a little tiny screen.
Not a moment of presence.
Not a second of intention setting.
Not a thought of self reflection, and 0% effort in consciously creating their day…
This may not be you, but I’m sure you can relate to some of these habits.
If you fall into some of these patterns, you might be wasting your valuable energy.
You might be moving through your day and forgetting that you are more powerful than this…
We must reign in our thoughts so we can master our energy and schedule; This means being far more productive with our time so that we can have less “work-hours” and have more time to do the things we love.
The most valuable asset is not money. It is not gold. It is time.
I consciously created my life and business (for the last decade) to be in alignment with my chosen lifestyle. As you can see by the picture beside here, I wrote this article while sitting down in my yard with my dog, Sasha, hitting golf balls in my driving range net, and with my bare feet on the earth.
I meditated before even typing a word and I listened to the sounds of nature while writing.
This is how productivity meets an awesome lifestyle in my reality.
The reason I could write the description at the top so well is because that used to be me.
That is, until I smartened up, woke up, and organized my day.
This day was filled with intention and began with a morning of presence and breath connection. Last year I saw well over 250 sunrises and I didn’t regret not sleeping in a single day!
I want to say this again….
Freedom of lifestyle is the top priority in my life.
I want to be able to golf everyday, spend as much time as I want with my wife, friends and family, and go on epic adventures whenever I choose. This means I need to be super focused when I am working so I can get tons of work done in way less time.
I’d say with my practices the way they are, I get 8 hours worth of work done in 4 hours now (because I’m able to stay focused).
I could give all sorts of tips on how to better organize your life, but I only want to give one:
Add presence to your day and you will add power to everything you do. Period.
Here are the 6 big things I notice when I start my work day with meditation, presence and intention setting…
1. I am more intentional
When I meditate before starting work, I find I am way more intentional.
After meditating I’ll write down the most important things to focus on in the day ahead on my big white board and I make those priority over everything else (even scrolling Facebook for cat videos).
2. I pay more attention to details
Because I am connected, in my body, and aware, I pay way more attention to details rather than skimming over everything mindlessly.
3. I am way more efficient
I get a lot done in a small amount of space because my brain is working more efficiently when I fuel it on pure Prana.
4. I am able to stay focused on my tasks
I tend not to jump from browser window -to work task -to Facebook -to random website- to email -to Youtube when I’ve meditated before starting my work day.
I’m way less attention deficit.
5. I feel more grateful for the work I am doing
When I soften into my heart before going to work, I find I’m way happier and more fulfilled, even if it’s just a bookkeeping day.
6. I don’t get stressed
I rarely get stressed anymore, even when working on big projects that force me to focus on a lot of details and timelines. It’s awesome!
A recent study by University of Washington researchers found that meditation training helped workers to concentrate better, remember more of their work details, stay energized, and experience less negative moods.
There’s also been tons of research on meditation, and nature walks. For example, examining the the habits of exceptional artists and athletes showed that mental breaks helped them improve productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories, and encourage creativity.
So why not meditate, give our brains a break, and step away from our obsessive compulsive robotic work habits?
Living a life grounded in presence and intention has transformed everything for me.
Fortunately, there’s no time like the now to get started if you don’t live this way (yet!) 😀