If we’re unable to mentally apply ourselves and hold sustained attention with clear intention, then all the technology in the world won’t make us more productive. Efficiency is what we’re really talking about here. The more productive we are, the more efficient we will be. Our productivity suffers if we go into something half-hearted, with the wrong attitude, or are easily distracted. If your mind is not fully engaged with the task or project at hand, you will not be able to give it your full attention and something will be missing. We’ll either operate or perform in short bursts, which isn’t ideal.
Can meditation increase productivity?
The cognitive and emotional processing areas of the brain undergo structural changes when meditation is practiced, according to studies. More gray matter is associated with improved working memory and skilled executive decision-making. Meditation can help you to declutter your thoughts and sharpen your concentration, which also allows you to stay on task for longer periods of time.
Meditation helps reduce stress even during those pressure-cooker days. Meditation not only deepens our concentration, but also lessens the mental effort needed to stay focused. One study that looked at the productivity of guided meditation described it as “a state of concentrated calm or serene attention.”
Noting : A Meditation Technique for Productivity
Noting, a meditation technique that allows us to improve our productivity, provides clear direction on when and how we are distracted. This technique is also a useful for everyday life. The mind will inevitably wander off during the practice. Simply pause and identify the nature of the distraction once and notice that attention has wandered.
Noting the distraction helps us to disengage from it by creating space between the arising thought or feeling. We can sense that we have dealt with it, making it easier to let it go and return to the object of focus — be it the breath during our practice, or the task at hand during our day. We simply apply the same approach when it happens again.