Increase Your Productivity
A large part of being mindful is living in the moment. To do that, you need to focus on one thing at a time. Given how many people see multitasking as essential to finishing all their daily tasks, people tend to reject truly practicing mindfulness. They will practice mindfulness when they do not have to multitask. This, of course, defeats the purpose of trying to live mindfully, but it also lowers your productivity. Believe it or not, multitasking actually makes people less productive. Practicing mindfulness by working on one task at a time, then, can greatly increase a person’s productivity.
Mindful living also helps increase productivity by making the brain less likely to be distracted. The cells in your brain use particular frequencies to regulate the transference of information “in much the same way that radio stations broadcast at certain frequencies.” The frequency that helps suppress irrelevant or distracting sensations is called the alpha rhythm. According to a Harvard study, eight weeks of mindfulness training gave participants “faster and significantly more pronounced attention-based adjustments to the alpha rhythm.”