Mindfulness Exercises To Power Up Your Productivity

Natalie MacNeil demonstrates 3 simple meditations you can do at your desk

In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV, I’m going to share with you three very quick mindfulness exercises that you can do right at your desk at any point throughout the day when you’re feeling stressed or just need to power up your productivity. These are super-easy to do, but if you do them regularly, you’ll notice a HUGE improvement in how you feel while you work!

Take a few minutes now to find a quiet spot and get comfortable. Ready? Let’s get started:


To recap, here are the three mindfulness exercises I just showed you:

Stress Shaker (Releases stress from your body)

  1. Start by taking a few deep breaths then bring your awareness to whatever is causing you stress.
  2. As you become aware of what’s bothering you say, “I’m willing to move forward and see this differently.”
  3. Then take a few deep breaths, using the exhalation to SIGH and release the tension.
  4. Once you’ve done this, shake it out and move your body, visualizing your stress being shaken away. Do this for as long as you like.

Time Tap (Shifts your mindset to a place of abundant time)

  1. Place your hands on your lap.
  2. Starting with your pinky fingers, tap one finger of each hand at a time (synchronizing your left and right hands) and move through each finger to your thumbs.
  3. As you tap, recite one word in a five-word mantra for every tap. My favorites include, “I always have enough time,” “I am one with time,” and “Time is within my control.” (Or, create one of your own, being sure to focus on YOU being in control of time instead of the other way around.)

Focus Flame (Reduces tension and eye strain)

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Light a candle.
  3. Bring the flame to eye level, holding it about 12-18 inches in front of you.
  4. Set your gaze on the flame and look at it for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Take deep breaths as you do this, releasing any of the tension you may be feeling with each exhalation.

Your actionable this week is to try at least one of these meditations to release stress, expand time, and reduce tension and strain so you can be productive and achieve your purpose in the world with ease. And be sure to share which one you like best in a comment below.


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12 thoughts on “Mindfulness Exercises To Power Up Your Productivity

  1. LOVED this, Natalie. As I approach my launch negative thoughts drift in that there isn’t enough time to do it all. Today, I used the first and second meditations to reset my intentions and energy for the day. Already feeling more optimistic. Thanks!

  2. Wow, Natalie, what a wonderful presentation of these simple and useful practices! I am so glad I checked out this video. As a Yoga Teacher+Psychologist=Transformation Navigator, I teach heart-centered practices for a living. I mean, I live and breathe them. So, I consider myself a connoisseur… lol… ok… Goldilocks, when it comes to practice instructions. Yours really were JUST RIGHT! And I absolutely LOVED the way you offered them from a place of your loving understanding of your community of women entrepreneurs. Wonderful. Thank You! <3

  3. Thanks Natalie! I’ve been struggling with time moving “too quickly” since my sweet son was born 7 weeks ago. I am looking forward to practicing the time tapping when I start to get overwhelmed and worry that he’ll grow up too quickly or I won’t be able to get everything done.
    Candle gazing has been beautiful and a great way to ground myself as well.

  4. I love this!! How do you pick your mantras and phrases? Do you find that just saying them helps you as a “positive trigger” – your mind is taken to a place of motivation and focus instead of stress?

    Some tips on http://thepowerofpositivehabits.com/change-attitude-seconds/ say to write down your mantra or power phrase and stick it on your mirror, your car, in your pocket – somewhere you will see it and repeat it. Do you think this would help as well as resetting yourself for a few moments?

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