On productivity

“Do less. But do what you do with complete and hard focus. Then when you’re done be done, and go enjoy the rest of the day.” Cal Newport

Recently I have been thinking a lot about how to be more productive.

Like many of you I want to do a hundred different things every day. Some days I do get a lot done, some days it just doesn’t happen. How can I be more consistent?

I’ve been paying attention to people around me that get stuff done and they have one thing in common. They can get into the zone and focus wherever they happen to be.

A friend once shared what her trick to always be on top of everything. Focus on one thing at a time and keep at it until it’s done.

Sounds easy right?. I get distracted quite easily so I’m always on the lookout for ways to help me focus quicker and stay focussed for longer. Enough time to allow great stuff to happen.

What I’ve come to realise is that Mindfulness Meditation can help.

I’ve been dabbling with it for months, but lately I’ve been doing it every day and it’s helping.

The whole thing started not as a way of transcending my ego or as a way to be more productive. It all started because I wanted to be a better dad.

I want to make sure I see things from my daughter’s point of view instead of mine when she’s frustrated.

Toddlers can lose their patience in a nanosecond, but you just can’t. You need to be there for them. There’s no escaping it, you’re all they have. This, of course is easier said than done.

But meditation is helping. It’s helping me realise when I’m getting frustrated about something my daughter’s doing. With that information I find it easier to act.

Dan Harris explains the meditation process here in this awesome animated video.

So while meditating, the whole point is to notice when your mind wanders and just start over and focus again.

If I know I need to get stuff done and I notice I’m in Spotify looking for a playlist I just acknowledge it and go back to what I need to get done.

It’s a never ending cycle: trying to work, failing and getting distracted, noticing it and then starting again. And again. And again…