Productivity is often defined as what you do physically. But productivity actually begins in your mind. Calming it, getting your head clear, planning your path. This is where true productivity really starts. Its easy to overlook it because you can do all of these things while laying down with your eyes closed.

Some of my most productive “work” sessions are spent laying down eyes closed, getting everything organized.

The first key to having productive sessions like these is learning how to fully relax the body. The second key is learning how to fully relax the mind. Only when the body and mind is relaxed is the stage set for more productive thinking and meditation. If you don’t first learn how to relax the body and mind, your body will fidget and your mind will stray all over the place – kind of like idle web surfing.

RELAXING BODY AND MIND
1 – Lay quietly and focus on breath, go over each muscle in the body and imagine bright, loving energy moving into it and tell it, that its OK to relax. Amazingly, the body doesn’t truly relax until you tell it that its OK.
2 – Now as your body is laying perfectly still, really focus on each in-breath and out-breath and say to yourself, I’M RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. The goal is to really try to bring yourself into the present. Its amazing how lost you’re going to be in all the thought patterns that have been running on auto-pilot. You’ll have to remind yourself several times what you’re doing and get back to focusing on your breath.
3 – Eventually the body AND mind will settle down as you find yourself able to remain focused in the present for several breaths. At some stage you’ll even feel like your body has fallen asleep .. indeed it very well may have! But you’re still conscious.
4 – When you’ve reached the point where the body feels like it has fallen asleep and your riding a wave of presence, this is the place where you can go in any number of directions with your intention, you can go deeper into contemplating spiritual insights that might pop up or you can think deeply about your next steps in life.

LETTING GO
The key to this whole process is learning to LET GO. The mind wants to hang onto all kinds of stuff .. and simply refuses to let go. It FEARS letting go, like you’re going to miss something important. It might throw up things you need to do or tasks you’ve forgotten about.

These are the thought patterns that make you feel like.. well YOU. They are things it carries around to feel a sense of identity. Whether its thought patterns around money, relationships, worries etc. You’ve got to learn to continue to remind yourself to let go and fall more deeply into a state of relaxation, while still remaining conscious. You can put your mind at ease by calmly writing down each thing that pops up and then returning to your immersion into relaxation.

If you want to travel somewhere.. if you want a vacation .. if you want to be at peace.. the greatest place to start exploring is inside yourself! Don’t get suckered into giving this precious gift away to your TV or some other distraction. Make time for it, its not just a luxury, its a necessity.