Well, that was an interesting experiment! I recorded my doings and beings, on an hourly basis, for today’s working hours. At the same time, I adhered to (when I could) an hourly meditation minute. All this was prompted by a beep from my phone every sixty minutes.
You can check back on my progress via these links:
- 9am Friday
- 10am Friday
- 11am Friday
- 12noon Friday
- 1pm Friday
- 2pm Friday
- 3pm Friday
- 4pm Friday
- 5pm Friday
- 6pm Friday
- 7pm Friday
The results were quite startling – even though the posts took up more time than I anticipated – sometimes up to 20 minutes, I was actually more productive than usual!
I think part of the reason for this was the hourly meditation. It really made me examine my feelings and emotions. I realised that rather than feeling sad (and needing chocolate or a quick ten minutes with my book) I was actually only feeling sensations in my body. What I thought was sorrow was no more important than a bit of gas. Hence I could allow myself to work instead of copping off (UK expression for taking a longer break than is strictly necessary).
The other reason for being more productive was that part of the posts focused on recording what work I had done within the previous hour. This had the effect of making me ensure that I had some work to records. Consequently, I worked. Good, huh!
So there you go – a little experiment. Have you ever done anything like that? And if so, how did it go?