This may feel a bit 'out there,’ but Dr. Doty writes that meditating with these phrases actually changes the physiology of our body. When we do this type of heart-opening meditation, which helps us feel more calm, open and relaxed, the tone of our vagus nerve actually increases, and we activate the parasympathetic nervous system which, as Doty writes, “stimulates our rest-and-digest response.” This helps us be more focused, calmer and boosts our immune system. It’s a stark contrast to how our body responds to stress, which decreases the vagus nerve tone and increases our blood pressure and heart rate. Do this meditation for fives minutes, too.
Minimize wasted time. Procrastination is a looming curse in the age of distractions. You can probably think of many ways you are distracted throughout the day. Idle chat, social media and excess TV all sap away time that would much rather be put towards working on your goals. At the end of the day, you won't remember any of the idle things you did, but you will remember the time you spent working hard.