Have you ever driven to work but not been able to recall how you got there? Are you quick to forget conversations you’ve had with colleagues? If yes, you’re probably zoning out regularly.
We spend so much time operating on autopilot, unconscious of what’s going on around us, but being mindless at work can result in rising stress levels and poor productivity.
The good news is you can train your mind to become more aware and focused through the practise of mindfulness. Mindfulness is about focusing your attention on the here and now. It’s about experiencing the present moment; acknowledging your thoughts, surroundings and actions, without any judgement. And ultimately, all you have to do is pay attention.
"Mindfulness is about experiencing the present moment; acknowledging your thoughts, surroundings and actions, without any judgement."
6 ways to be more mindful at work
1. Start your day with a mindful coffee (or tea)
Turn your daily caffeine hit into a mini meditation by tapping into your senses. Follow this simple practice:
- Hold your cup between your palms and notice the warmth. How does it smell?
- Take a sip, pause, and revel in the taste.
- Swallow and focus on the sensation. Notice how it makes you feel physically and emotionally.
2. Try single-tasking instead of multi-tasking
It might seem counterproductive, but you will achieve more by working on one task at a time. Commit to giving each task your full attention by switching your mobile onto do not disturb, shutting down your social media, and closing your inbox.
After practicing single-tasking for a while, you’ll start to notice that you’re more productive, the quality of your work has improved, and you feel less frantic.
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