In today's hectic and chaotic world, being aware of your own actions, as well as your interactions with others, is something that will get you far in life, both personally and in the workplace.
Mindfulness is essential in every aspect of your life, but being mindful in the workplace is something that every successful person needs to learn.
Research shows that people spend almost 47% of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. In other words, many of us operate on autopilot.
You probably know the feeling all too well: You arrive at the office with a clear plan for the day and then, in what feels like just a moment, you find yourself on your way back home. Nine or 10 hours have passed and you’ve accomplished only a few of your priorities. And, most likely, you cannot remember exactly what you did all day. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, you are not alone.
The good news is you can train your brain to focus better by incorporating mindfulness exercises throughout your day.
For each of our sake's, and for our collective sanity, here are five simple ways to increase mindfulness throughout a busy day:
1. Pause every morning. Mindfulness doesn’t have to take up a lot of time to be beneficial.
2. Re-focus scattered thoughts …
3. Take time-outs for 5 minutes at a time …
4. Eat well …
5. Be mindful of others.
Start slowly, start each morning with being aware of the moment, and think about what you need to get accomplished throughout the day. Once you make this a daily habit, you will be surprised with all of the positive changes it will bring.
Being mindful isn’t something that is learned overnight. It takes a lot of practice, as well as a lot of patience.