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Focus and productivityWhen I teach Mindfulness workshops a common question that comes up is “If I’m training to be more present and mindful in the moment, does that mean I can’t make goals and plan for the future? “.

As someone who loves creating and doing in the world, I remember wondering how to reconcile the invitation to meditate and be present, with the need to make goals, plan for the future. In fact these two things are not mutually exclusive and I’ve found practising mindfulness meditation regularly has actually helped me develop more focus and productivity.

Here’s what I do to make sure my to do’s are getting done.

Find a powerful task management productivity app
After exploring many an app and ‘to do list’ platform (I’m a total geek about productivity hacks), I have fallen deeply in love with the FREE task management platform ASANA. Make sure you download the app on your phone.

Tag your to do’s
Since having a baby and finding that I often only have 15-20 minute time slots in which to tick things off my to do list I realised the power of tagging to do list tasks with the amount of time they will take. I was finding that it would take me 10 minutes to work out what I was going to do, which only left me with 5-10 minutes to do the actual task. Now, I tag each task with a time frame ie 15, 20, 45, 60 minutes. When I find I have 15 minutes all I need to do is search by time and then I don’t have to think about what I am going to do. Total revelation. Try it our yourself.

Meditate before doing
I find it invaluable to sit down and meditate, even if it’s only for one minute, tuning in to the body and the breath, before engaging with my to do list. This helps gather my attention and get intentional about what I am doing. I silently note to myself “this is a work period” and commit to not doing anything other than the task at hand.


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