Mindfulness may seem like a great idea, but how do you become more mindful in the context of a busy work day? You may have emails, phone calls, a team to manage, and people’s attitudes and egos to deal with. And, of course, your own work! In the middle of all that, how can you apply the principles of mindfulness so that you feel more alive and present, as well as being productive? Here are a few radical ways to be mindful at work.
- Be Consciously Present
To me mindful at work means to be consciously present in what you’re doing, while you’re doing it, as well as managing your mental and emotional state. Be present in whatever you’re doing, whether you consider it important, or not.
2. Use Short Mindful Exercises at Work
Even one minute of consciously connecting with one of your senses can be classified as a mindful exercise. You don’t need to close your eyes. You don’t even need to be sitting down. Spend one minute every hour fully connecting with one of your senses.
3. Be a Single – Tasker
Nobody can actually multitask. Your brain is madly switching from one thing to the next, often losing data in the process. Challenge yourself to switch off your email notifications when working on an important task.
4. Use Mindful Reminders
Being on auto-pilot means that you’re not fully present and awake to the opportunities and choices around you. By using some form of a reminder, you can be mindful again. The reminder shakes you out of autopilot mode. Set a timer to go off three times a day, to remind you to be awake and present to the here and now.
5. Slow Down to Speed Up
Effective leaders, workers and entrepreneurs slow down and reflect to make the best decisions and actions – they slow down to speed up. The next time you catch yourself rushing, stop. You’ll save energy and make less mistakes too.
What’s your formula for staying woke at work? Share in the comments. I am excited to read them :).