Productivity isn’t about doing non-stop tasks or working 24/7; in fact, trying to do something like this causes great physical and psychological wear and tear and is not sustainable in the medium and long term.
In this article we tell you everything you need to know about mindful productivity and how it can help you reduce stress.
What is conscious productivity?
Over the past decade, the idea of being more productive people has gained popularity around the world. But … What is it really like to be a productive person? How do attempts to increase productivity impact health?
Thanks to productivity, we progress towards the conquest of new successes (personal and professional); however, some “gurus” even urge you to sleep less, eat faster, work harder, and take fewer breaks, all in order to become more productive people.
Over time, different studies have confirmed that this traditional style of productivity can increase levels of people and equipment exhaustion, create sleep problems, and reduce quality of life..
The most important resource in the face of the need for productivity
Have you come to see time as the most important resource? It is normal that this is the case; Through today’s culture we come to understand time as the indispensable tool to achieve goals and objectives, but … Have you ever wondered if you have real control over time? Or and can you pause or edit it?
Time is a resource that helps advance the various calendars that exist in the world; However, there is one resource that is even more important to your productivity and that is … your energy. You can also know it as the spirit or motivation you have to get things done. It works very similar to the batteries in your phone or computer.
When you use all the energy, you have to recharge it. On the other hand, if you use your battery without unplugging it, it can affect overall operation. Something very similar is happening with your energy.
If you are looking to accomplish as many tasks as possible without taking a break or a break, this is it. it can increase the chances of increasing stress and health problemsHowever, if you don’t use your energy, it can have an impact on your emotional health. You need a balance between the four aspects of your energy: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
A new definition of productivity
Traditional productivity can be defined as the result obtained in a given time. Here time is the protagonist, even though we know we have no total control over it.
By placing energy as the most important resource, to move towards conscious productivity, we can define productivity as the conscious decision to use one’s own energy for a present purpose that is aligned with life values, goals and purposes.
Daily habits to move towards conscious productivity
Moving towards conscious productivity is a process; it takes time to adapt to a new style of work. However, the most important is that you can start with small daily habits to increase your productivity without harming your health, well-being and peace of mind.
1. Rest intervals
During the working day, it is essential to take frequent breaks, of short or medium duration. A break refers to any action that helps change posture and focus for a few minutes.
It doesn’t have to be long, starting with 5 minute breaks every 45 minutes will make all the difference.
A useful tool in this regard is the pomodoro technique.. It consists of devoting yourself to conscious work for 25 minutes followed by active 5-minute breaks.
To make the most of your rest intervals, we also recommend learning to meditate. It is a very simple practice to do and the emotional, physical and mental results are very profound.
2. Improve rest times
Good rest is the basis for increasing well-being. Sacrificing sleep time to try and increase productivity is counterproductive, in the long run it can increase the risk of disease.
To progress in this regard, create a sleep routine. An hour before your average rest time, create a space with low light, relaxing smells and sounds that help you rest deeply.
3. Practice meditation and exercise mindfulness
Meditation is the practice of paying attention to the breath; seeks to connect with the present.
Various studies show that meditating regularly brings several benefits, such as reducing stress.
As a useful tool you can use the Pura Mente app, a resource to start meditating in a simple and easy way. You will find more than 200 sessions focused on reducing stress, increasing concentration and improving rest. You can download it for Android at this link or here for iOS.
4. Exercise and movement
Exercise helps stimulate the production of hormones such as dopamine, serotonin, endorphin or encephalin, which are linked to the feeling of happiness and well-being. Exercising for a few minutes a day will help increase your productivity and motivation.
Not taking a long time to start, start with 15 minutes of walking each day. No distractions.
If you don’t have a lot of time to exercise, it’s essential that you can take active breaks (as mentioned above). Maintaining the same posture or making frequent video calls can lead to mental fatigue which can be partially offset by physical activity.
5. Hydration and good nutrition
The body is made up of 70% water. Drinking water frequently during the day and having a balanced daily diet and applied calmly is a key pillar to increase conscious well-being and productivity. It is recommended to take a glass of water with each active break.
Productivity also evolves over time and this new era has as its central axis the vital energy of each person.
In addition, energy is the most valuable resource for productivity in the modern world. He seeks to achieve full engagement in the present.
On the other hand, rest is a fundamental pillar, not only for productivity but also for well-being.
Remember that productivity is not equal to stress. With different habits, it can be reduced from day to day.
We hope that these tips can help you increase your conscious productivity and reduce your daily stress. We look forward to seeing you on the Pura Mente app, where you will find over 200 sessions focused on increasing your well-being, improving rest and reducing stress. You can download the app here for Android and here for iOS.