Episode 1: Why Productivity Starts with Presence

The research is in! Cultivating presence is proven to improve memory, clarity, happiness and more. Presence is the gateway to productivity at work and fostering the creative process.

Productivity Starts with Presence, and that’s why presence is the focus of this special launch episode! Today’s episode dives into…

  • The practical definition of presence
  • Emergent research behind presence and productivity
  • Two simple strategies you can start doing today to cultivate presence for better focus at work and stronger relationships

As a special bonus for joining me in this special launch episode, I’m sharing a 1-minute body awareness practice called the Instant Presence Exercise. It’s my personal favorite and I use it almost every day ; )

Here’s the outlines of today’s episode…

  • [1:56] The definition of presence is “slowing down and focusing on what’s right in front of you.” (From The Happiness Track by Dr. Emma Seppälä, Science Director at the Stanford Center For Compassion and Altruism Research and Education)
  • [2:45] The correlation between presence & productivity
  • [4:41] The glorification of busyness in today’s working culture, and the myth that being busy means being productive.
  • [7:26] Adults spend an average of 50% of their time present, and 50% ruminating about the past or future. From A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind by Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University.
  • [8:45] Practicing presence through body awareness
  • [11:35] Practicing presence through deep listening
  • [13:14] “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak. They’re filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people’s lives.” – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • [15:05] The Instant Presence Exercise for a effective 1-minute body awareness practice.

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