Get Your Grind Life: Mindfulness = Productivity


Mindfulness has been described as "bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis." (Marlatt & Kristeller, 1999) It’s a fact, or a series of facts, that practicing mindfulness and meditation helps to decrease anxiety, boost emotional intelligence, and increase clarity, focus, and productivity. Why is everyone not doing this?? We are bombarded by thoughts every day which pull us into stresses of the past or future, so why would we not want to learn to live in the present moment to more consistently deliver on the best versions of ourselves? It’s time to wake the hell up.

How do you think it impacts you when you allow yourself to worry endlessly about what you don’t have? Or when you replay judgements of others over and over in your mind? How do you think it impacts the way in which you navigate your life and see the world? How might it impact you to better manage, shift, or reframe those thoughts? Or find some space between the thoughts? What might bubble up? What might be created? What untapped source of energy and creativity might lie in the space between your thoughts?

That’s the real art and practice of being mindful - reframing thoughts that don’t serve you while creating more space between them. This is not a woo-woo granola hippie prospect anymore. This is what the military is using, major league sports teams, and top Fortune 500 CEO’s. The first step is to start meditating, even for just a few minutes per day. The second step is to start noticing the constant stream of thoughts, and how many of them are unproductive. That’s it. That’s all. Turn this practice into a habit and you’ll get a pretty incredible return on very minimal investment.

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Topics: Well being wellness

Written by John Kalinowski

John Kalinowski is a Certified Life Coach and the Consulting Chief Wellness Officer for Grind. When he's not at the future of work you can usually find him at home, the gym, Muay Thai, yoga, an art gallery, Central Park, a dance party in Brooklyn, or riding around on a Citibike.

John Kalinowski