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Meditation Can Improve Your Focus, Productivity and Memory

If you’re a regular on this site, you’ll have seen quite a few posts on how meditation can improve your focus, productivity and memory. Researchers at the University of Washington were able to deduce that those who undertook meditation training were able to concentrate better, remember more of what they had done, were more energized throughout their days and experienced fewer spells of negativity.

Meditation Can Improve Your Focus, Productivity and Memory

Meditation For focus, Productivity And MemoryIn the study, three groups each of 12 to 15 human resource managers were given 8-week training courses in 1) mindfulness meditation, 2) body relaxation, or 3) the mindfulness mediation after being on a wait list for eight weeks (the waitlist control group).

Participants were then tested for their speed, accuracy, and multi-tasking while doing common office tasks like word processing and using email, calendars, and instant messaging. The subjects also recorded their stress levels and memory performance.

The meditation group outperformed the others when it came to reduced stress, greater focus, and improved memory. The waitlist control group didn’t have reduced stress until after they did the meditation training eight weeks later. The relaxation group, oddly enough, wasn’t any less relaxed at work.

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If meditation can improve your focus, productivity and memory, why are more people not doing it? Is it because they feel strange doing it? Is it because they’re afraid of telling people that they meditate? Certainly growing up, if my friends or I ever saw people meditating in public, we’d think they’re a little strange. Nowadays, I’d look at them and think “fair play, good on you” – but that’s because of how much I’ve learned about its benefits since starting this website. If you’d like to give meditation a go, then I’d recommend 10 Minutes To Bliss by Dr Harlan Kilstein.