Meditation is only for those monks over in Tibet, right?! Or the granola, “take a shower once a week” set, but definitely not for us affiliate marketers. Those in the tech industry who have real world responsibilities like a job, bills to pay, and kids to take from soccer to dance to [insert activity here] don’t have the time for all that woo woo stuff… right?
But what if there are “real world” rewards that would help us all create happier, healthier lives that are sustainable? Would that turn our attention away from broken affiliate links?
To that point, the 2013 Psychology Today article “20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today” focused on how simple meditation, or mindfulness practices, can assist us in becoming more productive affiliate rockstars and happier humans overall.
Some of the benefits described in the study (as well as in myriad similar scientific research papers) include:
- Reduced Stress
- Improved Concentration
- Increased Immune System Health
- Increased Social Connection & Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Those listed above are only a few of the real-world benefits of meditation, and others can be found by the very desk-jockey friendly practice of “Googling.”
“Wow, thanks for the science review Sean, but how does this add to my life before my hectic morning commute?” Well as an affiliate marketer, you can probably avoid that commute and work from home, dear reader. Kidding!
Here are some tips that have helped me and many others find their “Zen” amid the click-bait chaos:
Make it Routine
What I’ve found helpful is adding meditation into my morning routine, which only takes about 5-10 minutes. Yes, most articles / recommendations / people will suggest 20-30 minutes, or hours on end, but one can still realize the benefits of meditation with short periods each day, and can eventually work their way up to longer durations if they so choose.
All one needs to remember is (1) posture (basically for the same reason we have ergonomic chairs), (2) the breath (something to focus on… and because you can’t take your laptop everywhere), and (3) be kind to yourself (just like when you see a sale ahead of time from your favorite brand and create a reminder).
Lastly, try it out. Beginning a meditation practice will take exactly that… practice. However, I’ve found it’s wholly worth it – after meditating daily for the last 4 years I have become more productive at work (while less stressed), the normal annoyances of life have become easier to manage, and my thoughts and emotions are more under my control. I hope you too can experience the same.
Follow these easy steps, and you too will be able to survive your inbox after the next Affiliate Summit.
Sean is a Senior Partner Manager for Offers.com & Ziff Davis Commerce
This article appeared in issue 38 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in April 2017. https://issuu.com/affiliatesummit/docs/feedfront-38