Have you ever arrived at the office, only to be overwhelmed in minutes by the sheer amount of “stuff” you need to get done?
You’re certainly not alone!
For busy professionals, it’s not unusual to spend a full day putting our fires and feeling at the end of the day that somehow you didn't accomplish many “big” projects.
It’s called multitasking for a reason, and it can derail a work day in more ways than one.
Multitasking is Exhausting
For one thing, by paying attention to the loudest or most attention-grabbing task, we automatically switch gears. Our attention turns to the distraction, instead of the task at hand.
For another, juggling is hard work. When you’re working on multiple projects at once, it’s not unusual for all tasks to suffer, as the concentration needed to perform at your best simply isn’t there.
And finally, it’s exhausting and stressful. When we’re constantly moving, our mental energy can drain quickly as we shift gears from one distraction to the next.
The stress it causes can certainly deplete our motivation and energy levels even faster.
So How Does Meditation Help?
By making you think less about tackling as many tasks as possible at once. And instead to think about assigning your attention to where they need to be.
A Recent Study
A recent study concentrated on a group of professionals who are always dealing with multitasking.
The researchers assigned them to meditation and non-meditation groups for eight weeks to see if the practice would help them perform their jobs better.
Before and after the eight-week period, the researchers gave the participants a multitasking test. These abilities included:
- Checking calendars
- Instant messaging
- Checking emails
- Making phone calls
- Performing other office tasks
The meditation group reported much lower levels of stress during these multitasking “tests” and also spent more time on individual tasks, and switched tasks less often.
Even though they weren’t handling as many projects at once, the time to complete the projects overall were the same for both groups.
And the meditation’s group’s work was noticeably better, with fewer errors.
The reasons why people who practice mindfulness meditation are better multitaskers is simple.
Meditation Improves Brain Functions
Meditation improves a host of functions in the brain, which includes:
- Control of attention and focus (especially in the face of distractions)
- Ability to focus on the moment and the task at hand
- Ability to determine what “tasks” or assignments are most important, without judgment
With meditation, we have an inherently clearer picture of what deserves our attention. We’re better able to “tune out” those distractions that serve little or no purpose.
All while feeling less stress in our busy lives!
So if you find yourself exhausted after just an hour or so of being at the office, it’s time to give meditation a try.
By helping with prioritizing, meditation can make it easy to perform at your best while maintaining your sanity in a busy work environment.
Having a professional teacher on your side will go a long way in getting you started. Once you’re on the path, you’ll be amazed at how far meditation will take you.
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