Mindfulness is such a buzz word lately. We hear it everywhere, from the top gurus to Time magazine. Some people choose not to use mindfulness in business because they're afraid that slowing down will make them lose their edge; however, the opposite actually happens. When you can slow down for a few minutes, you're much more likely to be able to ramp up and sustain the energy and creativity it takes run a successful business. Here are 4 ways mindfulness can increase your productivity:
1. Improved Attention
Mindfulness practices have been proven to increase your mind’s ability to focus and weed out distractions. When you’re less distracted, you can finish a task faster and with greater accuracy. Overall, this leads to a greater finished product in your business.
2. Less Burnout
Are you tired all the time? Suffer from autoimmune illness? Get sick frequently? Then news flash: you’re burnt out! Cortisol is the stress hormone in our bodies. In normal doses, it helps us give that extra push when we need to. But in high doses, it actually weakens the immune system. Mindfulness practices have been clinically proven to lower cortisol. So when you’re super stressed all the time, you’re more likely to get sick and miss a few days of work. That type of burnout doesn’t help anyone who is consistently trying to move the needle forward.
3. Better Decision Making Skills
When our emotions feel out of control, we’re less likely to make sound decisions and choices. Anyone who has made a decision or choice when they were super emotional can attest to this. Mindfulness increases our ability to stop and think. This leads to more thoughtful decision making, which can lead to better choices for your business or relationship.
4. Make actual progress and gains in your business
Feeling calmer and having more clarity allows us to do more concentrated and targeted work. It's easy to keep ourselves on the go with busy work, but busy work isn't EFFECTIVE work. I’m sure we all know that person who seems to ALWAYS be working but never seems to be getting ahead. Implementing mindfulness practices into your daily routine helps to get rid of the clutter. The trick is to not do as much work as possible, but instead make calculated, thoughtful decisions that will help you push the needle forward in your business.
If you’re interested in learning more about how mindfulness can improve your productivity and take your business to the next level, give us a call today! (914) 222-3983.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dana Carretta-Stein is the owner and founder of Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling, PLLC, a wellness center in Scarsdale, NY.
In her private practice, Dana specializes in anxiety, PTSD, and behavioral challenges in children and adults. She is an expert in EMDR, one of the most effective psychotherapy treatments for trauma and anxiety. Dana actively uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Spirituality in her private practice.
Dana is also the co-founder of Let's Bully Cancer, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps low income families afford life saving treatment for their pitbulls.
For more information, please visit www.danacarretta.com
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