meditation for productivity

Whether you’re trying to improve your career, get coursework done, or be more productive in general, start using meditation for productivity.

Scientific research has proven that meditation improves productivity [1]. This is one reason why major companies like Google are now using meditation in the workplace, to help employees be more productive.

But let’s forget about the big businesses for one moment. Because what really matters is our personal happiness, for which productivity is essential.

As someone who used to have the most scattered mind, I used to find it completely impossible to be productive, either at work or at home. I would get distracted by all sorts of things. I’d be trying to work when my cats would walk by and I’d just have to snuggle them. I’d put music on while I worked and would forget what I was doing and spontaneously break into dance. It would take me forever to get anything done.

Thank God I started meditating.

Meditation can help you to tune out distractions so you’re able to get work done no matter what is going on around you.

Meditation also makes you more intelligent [2], so you are more able to work in productive ways.

And you can also use meditation for laziness and procrastination.

In fact, there are numerous cognitive benefits of meditation, the majority of which will help to make you more productive at work, at university, or wherever you happen to be.

The reason meditation helps with productivity is because it strengthens your prefrontal cortex, according to science [3].

Meditation actually improves grey matter in your prefrontal cortex which helps your neurons to fire more effectively.  

So what?

Well, the prefrontal cortex is the region of the brain that is used for executive functions, including all sorts of important things like planning, decision making, focus and behaviour. So, if you’re not happy with your decision making or your self-discipline, it’s probably because of your prefrontal cortex. But no sweat, meditation is going to help a lot with that. It will make it easier for your brain to perform all those executive functions in an effective way. This will massively reduce procrastination too.

How To Use Meditation For Productivity

If you want to improve productivity, meditation should become your new best friend.

As a meditation teacher I personally recommend meditating for a minimum of twenty minutes a day. You could do this before you start your workday. Or you could do it during your break to quickly restore your levels of productivity.

There are specific meditation techniques you should try too.

Different meditations have different effects. Some meditations will make you more creative. Some will make you happier. And yes, some will improve your levels of productivity.

Let me share with you my best meditations for productivity.

The Best Meditations For Productivity

The best meditations for productivity are ones in which you focus on one thing, particularly if that one thing happens to be something relaxing and calming. That way, you quieten your mind and remove mental noise, which will help to improve your concentration and boost productivity levels.

Here are the best meditations for productivity.

1. Zen Meditation For Focus 

Question. Out of all the people in this beautiful world of ours, who do you think has the best focus and concentration. Personally, I would say that Zen monks have better focus and concentration than practically anyone else. And one of the main reasons for that is because they practice Zen meditation.

Zen meditation is a technique in which we sit with our legs crossed on the ground. We then close our eyes three-quarters of the way so there is a little slit. We then focus on our breathing.

If all this sounds technical don’t worry, you will be able to do it quite easily.

Note that this is also one of the best meditations for studying.


2. Simple Breathing Methods 

If you’re a beginner meditator, there’s not much sense trying an advanced meditation for productivity. You’ll simply spend all your time trying to work out what you’re supposed to be doing, instead of actually boosting your productivity.

Better to start simply.

For a very easy way to boost productivity, try breathing meditations.

Breathing meditations will help you to relax your mind so you’re not caught up in any kind of stress and anxiety. That will naturally boost your productivity levels. 


3. Mindful mornings

If you want to boost productivity levels, morning time should be a focus for you. Life feels good when you can jump out of bed and immediately start being productive.

There are many good meditations for the morning. They range from eating breakfast mindfully to doing some mindful movement meditations, like tai chi and qigong.


4. Samatha

Do you ever struggle to focus on just one thing? You know what it’s like, you’re trying to get your office work done but you keep checking your phone and going on Facebook instead. Hey, it happens to the best of us!

There’s one meditation technique that is all about focusing on one object. That meditation is called Samatha. It’s a method in which you focus your mind on one object, which could be your breath, water, or something else that is relaxing. This trains the mind to focus on one thing and cut out all distractions.


5. Walking meditation

Have you ever noticed that when you go for a walk you clear your mind. Then when you return to work you are more able to focus and get things done?

I personally love my lunchtime walk. It does so much good for my mind and for getting things done.

What’s even better than a simple walk, however, is a mindful walk.

Mindful walking is precisely what it sounds like: you meditate on walking. 

You might like to try some grounding meditations too.


Guided Meditation For Productivity

Quick Meditation for Productivity & Energy Boost


So, if you want to boost productivity, meditation is your go-to

I challenge you to spend one week doing these meditations. Productive will be your reward.   

Plus, if you are trying to be more productive at work I recommend using mindfulness at the workplace!

When you start meditating you will cut out the noise and start getting more done.

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1: Amishi P. Jha, Jason Krompinger & Michael J. Baime, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience volume,

 2: Want to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent? Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit, MELANIE CURTIN, INC,


3: Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness, Sara W. Lazar, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital


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About Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.


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