The one thing that meditation depreciates

I started properly meditating about 2 months ago. I do it on a daily basis without fail for 20 minutes. 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night. The effects I’ve noticed as a result are incredible.

Every aspect of my life has grown as a result of meditation. My friendships have grown stronger, my relationships with family have become more meaningful, my work has become more creative, my workouts are more badass and my capacity for love has heightened.

There is one thing, however, that has decreased as a result of my meditations.

My time.

The time it takes me to accomplish any task has decreased, drastically. When I sit down to tackle a task now, I have a surprising amount of focus and it takes me almost half the amount of time it would have taken before I started meditating. It’s SO rewarding! I’m left feeling  productive and am checking off productivity boxes throughout my day!

These results made me think deeper about the concept of "flow". When we’re in a focused state, we’re in a state of ‘flow’. During this state, your mind goes into full on excited, ‘give me more’ mode. Your precuneus, the part of your brain associated with self-reflection, is in its most active state.

Imagine if every time you sat down to do a task, you were able to get yourself into the state of flow before you started. I bet you would find yourself able to complete tasks effectively and at a much more rapid speed than ever before. Each hour would feel increasingly productive. Imagine how your days would feel? Or your weeks? You’d be kicking butt.

So how do you start? Easy.

1. Start meditating. Download a meditation app, YouTube a 20 minute guided meditation or do it yourself if you feel like you don’t need the guidance. Whatever it takes to close your eyes, calm your thoughts and be still for a few minutes.

2. Do this daily. It’s not enough to meditate on Monday and then forget about it for the rest of the week. Your brain won’t actually adjust to the effects of meditation unless you do it on a daily basis.

3. Once you’ve established this daily habit, allow it to trickle into your other daily tasks. Let your mind go back to this state when you’re in conversation or when you’re about to start a new project at work. With your thoughts moved delicately to the sidelines of your brain, you’re allowing your mind to enter a state of flow and seriously focus on just the task at hand.

Try it. And watch productivity ooze out of your days.