Achieve More: Why You Need Stillness to be Productive! November 22, 2013 Reading Time: 2 min 30 sec Share18Tweet1Share8Pin27 SharesImagine a glass full of water scooped up from a puddle in a field. It's muddy and swirling around - rather like our daily lives, full of activity and messiness and life! But if you put that glass of water down and let it sit, it clears itself. STILLNESS allows the dirt to settle to the bottom and the water to clear. Productivity is more than just DOING. In fact one VITAL thing that many people forget is that we also need STILLNESS. To be MOST productive we need a few moments, seconds or minutes, where we PAUSE, allow our thoughts to clear and reflect on what we've done - and what's best to do next. Just having our "To Do" list is NOT enough. Every day we get caught up in a whirlwind of choices and activities. Even routine activities have choices attached to them - what to have for breakfast, do we watch TV or listen to the radio, what salad dressing should we choose? Our brains fill up. We get distracted. We lose focus. And even if we don't, life has a habit of - well - happening! So, we MUST make time - to sit still. To pause and reflect. In that clearing of our minds we see what is most important. We see what we can let go of, what we can delegate, what we need to change, what we can say no to - and what we need to say yes to. The stillness allows us to ADAPT our plans and actions to the reality of what actually happens in our lives. Not only that - but there's a very good reason surfers don't go out when the water is cloudy - because you can't see the sharks! We need clarity so that we can spot our hidden obstacles - the sharks or crocodiles waiting to ambush us... So, it's AS important to find stillness regularly - to pause and reflect - as it is to plan. And the great thing is that the stillness or pausing part (which so many of us skip!) is often shorter, easier and more pleasant than the planning itself! How long does it take you to take 5-10 deep breaths? How hard is it for you to stare out of the window and let the dirt settle in your brain? One minute? Two? How Can You Pause and Find Stillness? Well, stop rushing from one thing to the next. Do: Take the opportunity between your tasks and appointments. Pause at the breaks between your personal life and work life - the beginning, lunchtime and at the end of the day. Have a short break when you get your cup of coffee or tea. Just PAUSE for no good reason! And don't fill every spare minute with: Facebook, your email or starting the next task. Reading articles and cramming your mind with more information. Instead sit still and breathe. Stare out of the window. Let the dirt settle and wait for your muddy mind to clear. I guarantee you and your clients will be more productive! "Wisdom requires the discerning, the listening to, the acknowledgement of nudges and notions, of senses and sensations, of the minute and what we often mistakenly assume is the mundane. Wisdom means listening to the still, small voice, the whisper that can be easily lost in the whirlwind of busyness, expectations, and conventions of the world." Jean M. Blomquist If you liked this article about productivity and stillness, you may also like: 12 Easy Ideas to Get More Done AND Have Fun Too! Are You Doing Too Much? The Perils of Too Much Multitasking De-Stress Series: Relax Your Clients in Under 5 Minutes with these Guided Meditation Scripts Categories: Coaching Inspiration, Coaching Tips, Maximising Effectiveness, Self-Management, Time Management 4 Comments Aditi December 26, 2013 This article is great. Just made me realize that i feel i will miss something if i take a break but it is so important to stop for few moments. Reply Emma-Louise December 27, 2013 That's awesome Aditi! And you're not alone... I feel that way too (often) I think it's drilled into us to always be doing. But we're missing out on something too by constantly doing... Warmly, EL Reply Shannon Pearce June 16, 2014 I wondered if you have read "Invitation to Solitude and Silence" by Ruth Haley Barton Reply Emma-Louise June 17, 2014 Hi Shannon, Thanks so much for taking the time to comment (again!). I have not read “Invitation to Solitude and Silence” by Ruth Haley Barton. I have added it to my wishlist. Thanks for the suggestion. Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.