If you’re new to meditation, you may be discovering that you’re more relaxed when you meditate frequently. But a meditation routine can provide more tangible results than just an improved sense of well-being. Meditation can actually do much more than relieve stress.
If you’re looking for an effective way to get more done in your workday in a more efficient manner, meditation can be a practical solution. Meditation can reduce anxiety about your job and help you identify priorities that you can act on one at a time instead of worrying about everything and accomplishing nothing.
Wake up Earlier
A morning meditation routine doesn’t require a huge commitment in terms of time. It does require a commitment to getting up about forty minutes earlier than you normally do. Trying to meditate when you’re rushed for time is pointless. When you’re rushing, there is no time to settle yourself or your thoughts.
The best way to form a habit of morning meditation is to find what works for you. You don’t have to incorporate any particular ritual into your meditation. If you’re accustomed to having a cup of coffee in the morning, there’s no reason you can’t blend elements of your normal morning routine into a new morning meditation time. Also, make sure to find a comfortable position. Don’t worry about whether you’re doing it right or strain yourself trying to get into a lotus position if that is difficult for you.
Once you’ve found a comfortable position, begin by focusing on your breathing. Counting your inhalations and exhalations is a good way to begin clearing the clutter from your mind and focusing on your posture. Keeping your back straight and paying attention to your abdominal muscles contracting as you breathe in and out also helps take your mind away from the normal daily preoccupations that you may be so accustomed to that it’s become a sort of mental white noise.
You may even find after a while that you’re no longer thinking about your breathing and have entered a peaceful reverie. If you can, keep your mind in this clear uncluttered state for at least fifteen minutes. That may be difficult at first, but like any other discipline, meditation gets easier with practice.
Begin Thinking About Your Workday
Now that your mind is clear and empty, slowly begin thinking about the approaching tasks in your workday. Start identifying priorities. What is your most important priority of the day? Once you’ve identified it, move on to the other goals you need to accomplish. You’ll likely find this process much more anxiety-free as identifying priorities may be simpler than normal. Once you’ve made a mental check list, begin to think about the best way to go about each task to maximize efficiency and cut down on wasted, ineffective work habits. Sometimes we find ourselves feeling very busy at work while actually accomplishing nothing.
But feeling busy isn’t the same as working effectively. Once you’ve gone through the thought process of how you’ll execute each task you’ve identified, get up, get a pen a paper and make a list. You’ll likely find that this simple morning meditation routine will help you get far more accomplished in a typical workday than you’re used to. And even better, you may be more relaxed and worry-free while getting more done.
Jesse Langley lives near Chicago. He divides his time among work, writing and family life. He writes on behalf of Colorado Technical University and has a keen interest in blogging and social media. He also writes for www.professionalintern.com.