Three Ways Meditation Can Make You a More Productive Entrepreneur
Even if it’s only five minutes a day.
Guest post by: Sam Squire
Do you ever get creatively blocked? Feel like you’re lacking energy and self-discipline to get things done? Does your to-do list start to pile up to the point where you have “errand paralysis” and you feel like you just can’t get anything done? Do you feel like you’re constantly playing catch up and you’re looking for the secret ingredient to help you be more productive?
Don’t worry, you’re not the only entrepreneur who feels like this.
Believe it or not, I think I might have the secret ingredient you’ve been looking for: meditation.
Meditation equals magic. It’s really that simple and will help you become more efficient and productive. But, you have to sit your ass down on a cushion (or lie in your bed) and do the work — even if it’s only five minutes a day.
So, how does meditation make you a more productive entrepreneur?
1. Meditation gives you a greater sense of clarity
When you’re clear, it’s easy to make good decisions quickly that are in alignment with your goals and dreams. When people lack clarity, they tend to spend a lot of time debating about things on their mind.
They go back and forth, make their pros and cons list and spend a lot of time stressing about big and small decisions. For example, when I was in school sometimes I found it more beneficial to take time to meditate rather than study because it helped me relax and it gave me the clarity I needed to do well on assignments and tests. If you want to clarity, to tap into your intuition, and to make decisions with confidence that will keep you on the right path, then start building a meditation practice!
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2. The little things won’t bother you anymore
One time I sent out a mass email about meditation to all of my subscribers on a Friday night at midnight when it wasn't supposed to go out until the following week... OOPS. I could have been upset, frustrated and embarrassed — and at one point of my life, I probably would have felt all those things. But this time, after hitting send and realizing what I did, I acknowledged that it was just an email — that it wasn’t a big deal — and I went about my day rather than dwelling on it. Another time, a couple days before a big event I was hosting I found out the venue I rented was double-booked, and unfortunately I had to find a new space. And I did find a new space. The event went on. Life went on. Anyone running a business deals with hiccups regularly — they are inevitable. But what matters is how we deal with them. The more time and energy you spend stressing out, being upset and complaining about the little things, you have less time and energy to be productive.
If you meditate consistently, over time you’ll notice stuff that used to bother you just won’t anymore — you’ll be more in tune with what really matters. And when you don’t spend time focusing on little mishaps, it creates more time for you to be productive.
3. Meditation improves your sleep
Stress is one of the main reasons people have trouble sleeping. Meditation can help with this. When you're stressed, you're probably tense and can't stop thinking about your to-do list, making it difficult to fall asleep.
Meditate in the morning, during the day, or at night. Meditate for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30+ minutes. It doesn’t matter when or how often, just try to make your meditation practice consistent — it can and will dramatically improve your sleep. I have clients who used to take sleeping pills who don’t need to take them anymore simply because they built up a consistent meditation practice.
When you sleep better and truly feel well-rested, you're healthier, happier and more productive during the day.
It’s time to jump on the meditation train (if you haven’t already).
Meditation is one of those things you have to experience first-hand to know that meditation is magic. If you’re not sure how to get started when it comes to building a meditation practice, I always recommend that people start with a guided audio. You can download my free guided 5-minute mindfulness practice on my website to help you get started!
Sam Squire is a yoga teacher and meditation guide currently living in Vancouver, B.C. Her yoga videos and meditation audios are available online through the Soul Squad Community, plus she works with private clients one-on-one to develop custom meditations to help them with specific needs. You’ll also find Sam in the studio, leading meditation and yoga classes in Vancouver. In 2012 she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Greece with Yoga Alliance. Since then she has completed her 60-hour yin yoga certification and her 60-hour yoga nidra meditation certification. Sam also holds a diploma in Public Relations and Communications Management from Red River College.