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Woman Meditating OutdoorsSome see mediation as contemplation or reflection, but meditation is much more than this. It’s a state of thoughtless awareness and of deep peace. That state occurs when your mind is silent, but completely alert. It’s not something that you do, but rather a way of being that leads to inner transformation and a higher level of awareness.

When we look at the results that meditation yields we see that there are numerous physical benefits such as lowered blood pressure, increased immunity and reduced pain to name a few. There are also the mental benefits. Studies have shown that regular meditation leads to increased focus. It enables you to pay closer attention to detail, due to the fact that it helps increase the gray matter of the brain. It also increases memory skills and your attention span which all ultimately contribute to increased productivity.

When meditation is in the mix, the mind becomes sharpened through the focus it gains and it expands. It’s possible to have a sharp mind but without that expansion, you end up with the tension and stress that so many experience on a daily basis. Having the expansion of consciousness without the sharpness leads to a lack of action on not only a daily basis, but overall contributing to lack of progress.

Besides all of the other bonuses that meditation affords you, it leads to improved creativity which we all know comes in quite handy in business. This happens because the right side of the brain works actively when you meditate regularly.  That side of the brain is responsible for creating new ideas. That’s how some not so creative people, such as myself, are able to be creative.

Usually when people come to me to learn how to increase their productivity, they’re surprised at my approach. Who would think that you could do so by including meditation in your daily routine? It might seem a bit odd, but I’m here to tell you that it’s true.  Meditation helps boost your productivity. It’s just one part of my holistic approach to getting things done.

 


As I mentioned before, for creative people, the mention of having a time management system might make them cringe because they may not be so fond of structure.  That structure contributes to the creative process and there are a few steps that will get you there.

First, know what I call your “power time”.  It’s important to know what time of day you are most alert; when you’re at your best and your creative juices flow most freely.  This is precious time for those who create for a living.  Treat it as such.  Use a good portion of this time to create your masterpieces.  When planning your day, set other times of the day for tasks that don’t require as much of your energy and concentration.

Create and maintain a to-do list.  Know that you don’t have to say “yes” to everything that comes your way.  You have the power of choice.  Exercise it wisely.  The things that you choose to do go on this list.  Once they are there, on a regular basis,  review the tasks before you.  Decide which take priority and tackle them accordingly. This allows you to avoid spending time on tasks that aren’t important, which is what happens when there is no rhythm (planning).  It’s easier to follow the bright shiny objects that come along instead of following a plan of any kind.  This might be a difficult thing to do, but it will allow you to make progress and maintain your freedom because you won’t be in reaction mode.

Most importantly, manage your interruptions.  At times, make yourself unavailable-turn off the phone, close your door, and don’t accept visitors.  Of course you’ll want to do this while you are creating, but there are other times you may wish to do so in order to keep up your productive flow.  That phone call or knock at the door might be important, but they are, nonetheless, interruptions.  Interruptions eat away at your concentration, making you less productive.

During the course of your day, keep a notebook handy so that you can quickly jot down things that need to be done or quick reminders.  This will keep you focused on what you are doing and keep those things that need to be done in front of you.  When you’re reviewing the things that need to be done, you can take items from your notebook and place them on your to-do list.

I encourage you to be creative in establishing your rhythm.  What’s important is that it includes tools and patterns in your daily activities that support you.  It doesn’t have to look like the “norm”, but you have to have it in order to be “in the zone” and keep your freedom.  Having and moving to your own rhythm is vital to your creative process in more than one way.

 


For most creative people, being organized or having structure seems to threaten their creativity.  These people typically cringe when they hear the phrase “time management” and having tools and a system for managing themselves is simply unheard of.  Some feel as though it’s against their grain to have any kind of structure.

The truth of the matter is that concentration is vital to the creative process.  So, if you’re someone who creates for a living, having a time management system is essential to your creative process.  That process requires focus on the task at hand.  It’s hard to be “in the zone” experiencing creative flow when you are faced with interruptions that you don’t know how to handle and the anxiety you might feel about the other things that you have to do. Having a system will only contribute to your creativity instead of threatening it.

This age of information overload can be bad for you no matter what your profession is, and even worse for creative people.  Handling interruptions and the many tasks at hand stand to wear away at your concentration while you are “in the zone”.  You have to have a way to manage daily demands in a way that supports your creative process instead of stifling it.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you have a system that resembles something that you might see as rigid, or that rubs you the wrong way, but something that works for you.   You don’t even have to call it a system-let’s call it a rhythm.  Freedom is essential to the creative process, but you have to have the rhythm (structure) in order to give yourself that essential freedom.  The system is as much of the creative process and the inspiration to create is.  You can be creative with the system or “rhythm” that you create.  There are steps that you can follow to establish your rhythm.  I’ll share them in my next post.

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