More productive through meditation

Meditation and mindfulness training help people to deal with stress and conflicts. There is also evidence that they can also increase creativity and productivity.

A quiet room. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Concentrate on your own body: each of your toes, the soles of your feet, your legs. If your thoughts wander, that’s alright. However, it is important not to lose yourself—you must concentrate on your body again.

Meditative exercises like these can easily be integrated into everyday life at work. A few minutes a day are enough to train your mindfulness and learn to control your attention. MBSR training is the modern specialist term. MBSR stands for “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction”. Stress management through attentiveness. Companies around the world rely on MBSR training to protect their staff against burnout and improve the working atmosphere.

Productivity and creativity increase

The aim is to break through stimulus-response patterns and to prevent external stimuli causing your thoughts to run away. Meditation trains the brain to control your attention. It is then easier to keep calm in stress and conflict situations. It also helps you to listen to the other person’s point of view before you react.

There is a great deal of evidence that mediation can also increase creativity and productivity. This includes a study by the University of Rotterdam published in the “Harvard Business Review”. Researchers from the School of Management held brainstorming sessions with groups of test persons. One group began without preparation. A second group was given ten minutes’ thinking time. The third group took part in a ten-minute MBSR meditation session. Although this last group did not come up with more ideas, the level and variety of ideas was significantly higher. After this investigation with 129 students, the team repeated the test with experienced innovation managers. According to the researchers, mediation resulted in “better ideas, decision-making and moods—in the time it takes to have a cup of coffee.”

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