The one thing that meditation depreciates

I started meditating, 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. I’m calmer, more present, less restless and have this newfound ability to accept every situation for what it is, not worrying about what’s already happened or what’s to come.

Ultimately, every aspect of my life has grown as a result of meditation. My friendships have grown stronger, my relationships with family have grown tighter, my work has become more focused and 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, my focus is unshakable and it takes me almost half the amount of time it would have taken me before I started meditating. It’s SO rewarding! I’m left feeling  productive and am checking off productivity boxes throughout my day!

These effects got me thinking deeper about the aspect of "flow". I’ve come across many articles that talk about ‘flow’. Essentially, when we’re in a focused state, we’re in a ‘flow’. During this state, your mind goes into full on excited, ‘give me more’ mode. And 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 that you would find that you could complete 10 times the amount you usually do within a ONE hour time span. 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 the task at hand.

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