Have you heard people talk about going into the “monk mode”?
They are not just referencing weird haircuts and robes. Instead, they’re talking about channeling your inner monk-like discipline to eliminate distractions and focus on what counts.
The key is to tune out the noise and commit yourself fully to the task at hand. It’s like a superpower that lets you work faster, smarter, and achieve your desired outcome with ninja-like precision.
So, if you’re in need of a productivity boost, the monk mode will definitely help. Let’s see how you can use it to transform your life.
Using the Monk Mode
Ever wonder how a Buddhist monk lives? Well, they’re basically the minimalists of the spiritual world.
Their main goal is to gain ultimate enlightenment and understand the inner workings of the mind. To aid them, they ditch all the distractions that we’re all guilty of (guilty as charged).
These include money, entertainment, and relationships. No Netflix and chill time for these guys, unless it’s some kind of meditation program.
It’s like an author camping out in a secluded cabin with just a word processor and some snacks. They’re avoiding the outside world because they’re focusing on their craft.
This is what Buddhist monks do, except their craft is the mind and not the written word.
Bottom line: Buddhist monks are the OG minimalists. They live a simple life to better understand themselves and the world around them. This leads them to living an enlightened life.
How to Drop into the Monk Mode
Let’s dive into the art of entering monk mode.
Here are some options for you to choose from:
Let’s face it, we could all use a little healing. Shed some pounds, work through some old emotional baggage, or eat clean for a while.
Who doesn’t want to be an American Ninja Warrior or at least look like one? Train like Rocky Balboa and develop those washboard abs. Be able to bench press twice your weight. Run a 10K in under 48 minutes.
As the saying goes, money talks. Temporarily focus on making some money and cutting back on those pesky expenses. Figure out how to make your financial life into the one you want it to be.
Sometimes we need a little soul-searching. Meditate, read up on philosophy, and/or pray for some insight into the next chapter of your journey.
5. Finding a partner (if you don’t already have one)
In life, two is often better than one. Put some energy into finding that special someone and see where it takes you.
6. Writing a book
You have a story to tell. Get those creative juices flowing and take on the challenge of writing your masterpiece.
Of course, these are only a handful of possibilities. Maybe you want to perfect your piano skills, polish up that oil painting, improve your communication abilities, or launch an online empire. Whatever tickles your fancy, focus on it.
Get into the monk mode and make it happen.
Ask yourself, “What is so important to me that I’m willing to put the rest of my life on the back burner for a short while?”
Tips to Help You Go into the Monk Mode
Use these tips to go monk mode:
1. Get rid of what you don’t need.
What are you willing to cut loose? It’s time to let go of those meaningless conversations that waste precious time.
As for those brain-frying distractions, TV, internet, smartphones and anything else that doesn’t light your fire, let them go.
And let’s not forget the non-fiction books that aren’t doing a darn thing for your dreams and goals. You can read them as much as you want when you’re through traveling toward what you’re working on.
Trust me, in a perfect “monk mode” world, you’ll do little more than eat, snooze and relentlessly improve in your area of expertise.
2. Prioritize how you spend your time.
Now that you’ve got extra hours on your hands, here’s the crucial question. How do you make the most of it and not waste it binge-watching Netflix?
First things first. Prioritize what you do with your time. Zone in on what’s most important for you right now.
Is it to learn a new skill or to catch up with loved ones?
Maybe it’s to focus on fitness or to tackle that pile of laundry that’s been haunting you forever.
Once you know what your top priority is, everything else falls into place.
Next up, get some guidance. Seek out mentors, books, podcasts or anything that helps you line up with your goals. Having a roadmap is helpful to keep you on track and stay motivated.
And remember, you can’t do it all. Multitasking is the enemy of productivity. Devote your full attention to one task at a time and watch the magic happen.
Finally, don’t forget to relax. Breaks are crucial to re-energize and get back to the grind with renewed energy. So, kick back, indulge in guilty pleasures, and enjoy the newfound freedom you’ll find afterwards.
3. Embrace being uncomfortable.
To grow, you’re going to have to squirm a bit. As U.S. Marines say, if you want to get through tough situations, you have to embrace the suck.
Going through the kind of changes we’re talking about isn’t going to be an easy day.
Trading in your nacho and beer nights for something more enriching might feel like stepping into a new pair of shoes that haven’t been broken in yet. And, let’s face it, breaking the hypnotic grip that TV has on us can be like trying to break out of a straitjacket.
Accept the challenge. Dive in headfirst and embrace the discomfort that comes with change.
Imagine being a bona fide monk.
Use These Tips to Make Monk Mode Happen for You
You’re smart and capable. Your biggest challenge is you’re not focused and too scattered. You need to access your mind the same way monks do.
When you want to enter monk mode, here’s the holy trinity to follow:
- Purge all unnecessary clutter from your life (including that questionable veggie burger in the back of your fridge).
- Refocus and prioritize your time (aka no more scrolling through TikTok for hours on end).
- Embrace the discomfort of change (because let’s face it, evolution isn’t exactly a walk in the park).
You may be a genius, but if your attention is divided, then it’s time to focus on dominating one area of your existence.
So, what’s it going to be?
Do you want to Mastering that yoga pose you’ve been struggling with?
Maybe you want to kick that pesky procrastination habit to the curb?
Whatever it is, it’s time to unleash your inner monk and get to work on it!
What are you waiting for?
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