A Gentle Way Of Increasing Productivity: Meaning-Centered Focus

A Gentle Way Of Increasing Productivity: Meaning-Centered Focus

Gentle Productivity to Combat Procrastination

 

Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate, and make sure you know exactly what it is what you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed - Paulo Coehlo

Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate, and make sure you know exactly what it is what you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed – Paulo Coehlo

 

Procrastination can keep us from being as productive as we all think we should be, especially since there is a popularity of the so-called “Hustle Culture” It asks of us even during a pandemic, how much we have achieved, or created or caught up upon, during our time “at home” or “off”. But this is destructive, and actually even counter-productive, as overworking ourselves, or trying to multi-task as much as possible, only leads to less quality of work, and eventually total burn out and even more procrastination.

However, there is a more gentle way to approach to optimizing your productivity, by connecting yourself to the activities of the day, via the meaningful, powerful direction of focus. And I do not mean a goal minded focus, but rather a purpose and meaning-centered focus on activities.


What is Meaning-Centered Focus?

Do you know why you are taking action?

Being truly and deeply aware during an active session of productivity, and the reason why this action is so important, allows you to connect to your drive and connects you to your values and overall mission. Instead of thoughtless movement, your productive time will now take on a more meaningful sense.

Of course, as you are going to tell me, you are already aware that you do not take action without a reason, but when do we really connect with the deep meaning and reason at that moment? I bet that this happens a lot less than you may realize.

 

What you stay focused on will grow - Roy T. Bennett

What you stay focused on will grow – Roy T. Bennett

 

Pour joy into your action

Approach action with the attitude of joyfulness, an expectation of feeling good about the activity, and a clear intent to find fun in what you are about to do. Combined with a mission centered focus, the intent of joy will allow your creativity to flow, and keep your mind away from any potential negative association you may have with working on your task. So instead of thinking about how you do not want to write that presentation, you could intend to have fun, to think positive about the process, and enjoy your ability to create it, to the fullest. This can be applied to just about any activity, such as doing the dishes or writing a book.


If you practice a deliberate and intentional, peaceful mindful productivity, you will learn to associate the feelings of passion, purpose and joyful peace with actions that need to be carried out, and are therefore building the habits (via Neuroplasticity) of being gently and lovingly productive, while staying true to your values, and missions.

 

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4 Comments

  1. I had never heard about the concept of meaning-centered focus, but when you think about it carefully, it makes sense. More often than not, we work like robots and don’t take the time to analyze the whys of our actions. Even when we think we know, we might not.

    I think it’s all about balance. We need to be careful about falling into extremes. We shouldn’t relax so much that we don’t accomplish things, but we shouldn’t overwork ourselves either. There must be a middle point.

    Thanks for sharing. It was very interesting.

    1. Author

      Yes, I agree with you hole-heartedly! I am a big proponent of the middle ground – balance is what we need the most, because like you said, either side can be very destructive. Adding meaning behind what we are doing, and only doing when there is a deep meaning to be found can assist us in creating that balance for ourselves. Many blessings! 

  2. Interesting concept on staying productive, thank you.  You’re absolutely right that there’s so much of the ‘hustle culture’ going around to where having two jobs, staying busy and sleeping 4 or less hours a night is considered productive while people who actually sleep their required 8 hours, have one job, and take time to relax are considered lazy.  It’s something to think about, injecting joy into simple tasks like dishes.  

    1. Author

      thank you. The pressure to perform more and more, while disregarding health and all of the other things that make a human being happy and healthy, is toxic and needs to stop. I am hoping that articles like mine, and those who write about mindfulness, will counter-act this ridiculous trend. Blessings! 

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