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Social media anxiety, time consumption and inability to stop engaging on it is a huge area of discussion in my productivity seminars and talks.

Some people refuse to realize the consequences of social media (SM) on them.

The fact that they never experienced anxiety or depression before SM says something.

Social media amplifies this anxiety because they WANT you to be engaged in the public defense of your ideas or the attacking of others. Never before have you been able to engage in a nonstop constant public defense of your egoic stories. Your ego secretly loves it and feeds off it, starving you of mindfulness. You can help but be sucked in to the deep, dank dark rabbit hole of it.

Please notice, before social media came along, you didn’t have this particular type of suffering in your life. It’s manufactured, amplified, shoved in your face and presented to you on a screen all day long.

Some experts advise taking tiny steps… aim low… and try to engage a little less every day in the public defense of yourself.

If you lack the self-control to regulate yourself and can’t stop engaging. I say delete the shit. End your weakness. Save yourself.

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Are you here reading this or somewhere else?

Mindfulness is not just a practice it’s the answer…

In many of my seminars and talks over the past 6 months I’ve found myself answering many of the questions on how to maximizing productivity in specific on how to do deep meaningful work with be mindful.

mind·ful·ness

> /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

> noun

> 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

> 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness as an answer was tough for me initially. I’m normally the no-nonsense speaker. Remember my article on “The problems are multi layered and complex but the solutions are simple.” It’s in that article that I made the case for not over complicating the solutions to our problems and all solutions don’t have to be some magical mystical purple unicorn moment where you have a big a-ah!

I’ll make that case again here with mindfulness. First, it’s not woo woo stuff. Being present is real and very powerful.

The challenge of mindfulness in and around productivity is making yourself be present and take a hard look at what you’re doing or NOT doing. Ouch that hurt a bit didn’t it.

Where to begin…

Here are just some of the top mindfulness techniques:

There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment. All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation.

-Basic mindfulness meditation – Sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing or on a word or “mantra” that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment and return to your focus on breath or mantra.

-Body sensations – Notice subtle body sensations such as an itch or tingling without judgment and let them pass. Notice each part of your body in succession from head to toe.

-Sensory – Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches. Name them “sight,” “sound,” “smell,” “taste,” or “touch” without judgment and let them go.

-Emotions – Allow emotions to be present without judgment. Practice a steady and relaxed naming of emotions: “joy,” “anger,” “frustration.” Accept the presence of the emotions without judgment and let them go.

-Urge surfing – Cope with cravings (for addictive substances or behaviors) and allow them to pass. Notice how your body feels as the craving enters. Replace the wish for the craving to go away with the certain knowledge that it will subside.

How to deploy this in the real world?

-The next conversation you have don’t have your phone in your hand and pay attention to what’s being said.

-Ask the person checking you out at the store or the barista making your coffee “ how are you today?” And really wait for their answer. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk. Be quiet and just listen to what they are saying.

-Pick a time of the day, say while you are reading an article, reading the news site that you frequent or even watching a YouTube video and be totally present in that moment doing that one thing.

Try it out….


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