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6 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Work Life From Average to Successful

6 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Work Life From Average to Successful

Meditation has a lot of health benefits, yet few people know how beneficial it can be for your professional life. Luckily, when I got my first and only corporate job, I had a colleague who guided me into meditation. Over the years, I began to realize that meditation can turn you from an average worker to a successful worker. This is how meditating for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 in the evening changed my work life in the last three years.

1. I am more relaxed

When I first took up meditation I had been employed at a large corporation for only two days, so I was extremely stressed out and tensed. After starting to meditate for 5 minutes daily, increasing the amount of time each week, I noticed how I became a lot more relaxed. My natural anxious personality was somewhat muted and I stopped being put off by small incidents. On the long run, this made me a better team player and a better problem-solver.

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2. I don’t have moods anymore

Many people have moods, which can alter their professional conduct. Especially in women, these moods can make them more impulsive and make them prone to crying at work. There is no doubt nowadays jobs put a lot of pressure on the employees, so getting help from meditation in leveling your moods can make you a better employee, as well as a better person.

3. I got multiple promotions

As everyone at work noticed my emotional stability and newly found productivity, I got multiple promotions. My managers told me they saw how I became a lot more stable and calmer, even under high pressure. They saw how I was able to take difficult decisions in a short time and they decided I would make a great manager. All these were due to my new habit of meditating, which made me a calm and assertive person, who could manage well tight deadlines and risky situations.

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4. Guided meditation helped me make peace with my inner voice

My entire life I struggled to fall asleep and focus, as my “inner voice” was screaming out loud. After I took up meditation, I noticed just how many thoughts were roaming in my head at the same time. As I advanced with meditation, I also took up yoga classes, which helped me mute my “inner voice” and make peace with my thoughts. Needless to say, this helped me focus at better at my job and increased my productivity.

5. My social skills improved

As I learned to shut down my thoughts, I became a better listener. People came to me for advice and I often found myself motivating my team. I was able to calm other people down and make them realize what really mattered at the end of the day.

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Meditation improved my social skills, because I learned how to listen to people, be calm and relaxed. Then you can easily overcome socially challenging situations, like speaking in front of crowds or making peace between two workers. For someone who had trouble listening to people, this was a major change, brought on by meditation.

6. I learned to love my job

Probably the most important benefit of meditation was the fact that it helped me love my job. It’s not glamorous to stay at the office from 9 to 5, sometimes working overtime, answering mails and completing reports. At first, I hated this boring job. But as I learned who I was and how to control myself,

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I also learned to love my job. I began to see the small, beautiful things at the office. How my colleague was bringing in fresh flowers daily, how another one was burning scented candles and how one of the top managers was always telling us a bad joke at the start of the day. These small things meant a lot. And I realized I loved my job, despite all the long hours and boring work.

There are many more benefits of meditation one can talk about, but you have to start practicing it, in order to enjoy all of them. The sooner, the better!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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