Have you ever wondered how to apply what you know about mindfulness to your day to day at work? Whether you work in an office, behind a computer, at a high pace busy E.R., or you are a stay at home mom, you can always tap into mindfulness states to perform better.
Here are a few ways to do this.
Take a 2 or 3 minutes between task to find yourself.
Quickly, there, at your desk, or on the spot, take 2 or 3 minutes to experience your breath, experience you body, experience your state of mind and at the end, set an intention for the next activity. It doesn’t have to be anything grand or mystical, you are just checking in with your mind to see where you are at.
Be mindful of your words.
Many times in the work environment we try too hard to speak in code, as to show that we know so much! Be mindful of that, and rather than try to show off, strive to communicate what it is that you want to get through, rather than what you think you know. Also listen to yourself speak and try to not use any language that can be offensive or rude. No one will work harder or better because you are mean to them, but they might do so if you are kind to them!
This is another activity that we are very bad at it. We forgot how to listen to each other properly. More of than not, we are actually waiting for our turn to speak what we already know we want to say, regardless of what the other person is saying. If we are mindful and aware of our surroundings, physical and mental, we should be able to listen, compassionately, intently, mindfully. It just might be that we discover in someone’s words the next big breakthrough!
Check in with your state of mind and how are things with the team.
It is important to check in minimum once a day with your state of mind, as well as every person of the team (or family), at least the ones that are immediately reporting to you or that you report to. If you do this you will know where you are at at any given moment, and you will know where every project is at, so if something needs to be addressed it is done in a timely fashion.
Do one thing at a time.
When you multitask you are not being mindful and fully engaged with the moment arising. Your mind is constantly switching back and forth between present, past and future, but also between different contexts. This is not only inefficient, but it’s exhausting and can be frustrating, since we will feel at the end of the day as if we didn’t get anything done. Take on one thing and don’t stop until it’s finished or in someone else’s plate.
Of course, it’s important that you have a formal 5 to 10 minutes regular mindfulness meditation session, or a proper mindful walking session, in order to be able to develop and sharp the capacity to see ourselves doing what we need to do, before falling in old habits and patterns of thought.
What do you think are other opportunities to practice Mindfulness At Work? Let us know below in the comments!