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Posted on March 13, 2018

The Case for Meditation

It’s that time of year where resolutions have either fizzled out or they are full-steam ahead! I came into 2018 with two resolutions – one for myself and one for my company:

Meditate regularly. I’ve read the books, I’ve drank the Kool-Aid – it’s time.
Implement a new process at Brilliant Ink to increase efficiency.

I often hear people talk about process the same way they do meditation. No one ever seems to have enough time for it, but once followed, the benefits are undeniable. Studies show that just a few minutes of meditation a day can help reduce stress, improve your immune system and boost productivity in the workplace! And while adhering to process won’t necessarily improve your immune system, the other two benefits still totally apply!

When it comes to practicing good process habits, don’t spend days or even hours refining and rolling out new processes… have one conversation.

Start with one chat with your team before diving into work. By simply defining roles and responsibilities, and setting clear timing expectations, we work smarter, which adds quality to our work and ultimately keeps our clients happy.

Meditation is like a new process. The practice is designed to slow us down. Slow our thoughts. Slow our breath. Then, watch the magic happen! As Dan Harris says in his book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, “When you wake up from distraction, that is the magic moment, the victory.”

We are doing exactly that when we follow a process that streamlines activities and eliminates redundancy: we are avoiding distraction.

So, as it turns out, process and meditation have something in common. I resolve to continue my meditation practice and observe the benefits it has on my work. And with that, let’s keep it going! Breathe in…breathe out…

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Lindsay McCleary