Having a rested mind really can make a difference in our daily productivity, whether it is work or housework we are trying to accomplish. Our minds were not meant to work overtime. They need breaks and vacations. They need the ability to recharge from the daily overload of sensory and thought perceptions. Constantly running our minds into the ground without proper care can be detrimental to the outlook we have on our lives.
Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent your mind from working on overload. It does happen to all of us, although not everyone knows exactly what they can do to put their mind at rest. Follow these helpful tips and ideas for increasing your daily productivity:
Get more sleep – Adequate sleep is crucial to allowing our subconscious minds to let go of all the stress of the day. During sleep our minds recharge themselves, generating the stamina and renewed perception needed for a fresh new day. If we fail to get adequate sleep, our minds
will essentially shut down from the overload of stimuli, creating a situation in which we cannot effectively think, speak, or act.
Productivity is lost when our pace is slowed by the reduced level of the “here and now” consciousness that a rested mind provides. When our minds are overworked we often fall into “space cadet” mode, where our minds cannot focus on the task at hand. Thoughts frequently wander, and the ability to concentrate is lost.
Most people know how much sleep they require to feel refreshed, as everyone’s needs are a little different. Try making a commitment to getting as much sleep as you need, and notice the difference in the morning.
Reduce stress – Stress can be very debilitating. It distracts us from getting our work done, and it promotes excessive thoughts that are both negative and unnecessary. Stress can hinder productivity by making us more scattered and unfocused. We are unable to concentrate on one thing at a time because the cause of the stress is always in the back our minds, demanding attention.
Reducing the stressors in our lives will go a long way in allowing us to lead more productive and happy lives. Try to remember that some things are just not worth worrying about, and that there is no sense in stressing over things that we have no control over. Many stresses are as
a result of conflicts beyond our control, so allowing ourselves to release the worry over such conflicts can greatly reduce the stress in our lives.
Quiet the mind – Meditation is a great way to quiet our minds and develop clearing thought processes. Find a quiet room with no interruptions, sit in a comfortable position, and close your eyes. Allow all your thoughts to leave your mind, and if some float back in, gently push them away. Concentrating on emptying your mind will help you develop intense focus that can be harnessed in other ways as well. Meditating will ultimately improve our productivity because we are able to get more done in less time if we have a strong focus on the task at hand.
These are a few of the easy ways you can rest your mind and prepare for a new day filled with new challenges. Increasing our productivity is as simple as getting more rest, reducing stress, and focusing our intentions. Try these techniques and see if the state of your mind makes a
difference in what you accomplish.
About the Author: Wendy Betterini is a lifestyle and fitness coach in the Pacific Northwest specializing in helping busy moms juggle work, family and wellness. Her interests include running, organic gardening, and writing. She is the mother of three small boys that keep her on her toes!