How can you be more mindful at work? Being mindful at work is beneficial. Not only can it make your day go by easier, but you may even perform better. We often show up to work day in and day out where by the end of the week it all seems like a blur, it may be incredibly stressful and not fulfilling at all. Making the conscious effort to be mindful can make all the difference from a blur to presence, productivity, and happiness.
1. Focus on one single task at a time.
Multitasking can be an amazing ability if it is done well. Sometimes focusing on a task at a time ends up being more efficient than multitasking.
If you find yourself extremely busy, with a lot on your plate, take a breath and begin solving the issues piece by piece. Take a big breath between each task and soon enough you will get in the zone and start knocking things out.
2. Do not work out of your office.
Limiting your work email notifications, or even simply telling yourself that you will not answer to work-related requests during certain hours of the day will help you be more mindful and focused when you are at work.
If you are constantly mixing your personal time with work time, there are no boundaries in mind and there is no focus on either end. You will not be fully present during work time nor fully present in your personal life which is unfortunate. Making sure you really separate each, you will get to focus fully on each.
3. Take scheduled time outs.
We all need a break. Things get busy and you just want to get things solved and over with. Sometimes you feel like you shouldn’t or can’t take a break.
Not taking needed breaks can lead to inefficiency, lack of inspiration or concentration.
Before you start your work for the day schedule times in the day you are going to take a time out even if it is for two minutes. Write it down and follow the schedule.
You may not think you need it, but it will ground you and reroute your attention to the task at hand.
4. Quick meditations.
If you have never meditated in your life you can still do this. Meditation simplified is consciously taking a breath in and a breath out.
Whether you do this on your scheduled time outs as mentioned above, or before a difficult task, meditating will allow the opportunity to be present.
It can calm you down if you are stressed or feel the pressure.
5. Reflect when you are done.
You want to rush out of your office at the end of a busy day, I get it. Taking five minutes to reflect on what you accomplished, patting yourself on the pat for the work you put in, and writing down why the project or job you are working on matters to you.
You are acknowledging your work, your value, while also keeping an emphasis on the why, the purpose behind your actions.
What are the things you do at work to be more mindful? Do you feel and see the difference? Leave it below!