Posted on Thu 24 Mar, 2022

How You Can Be More Mindful at Work


How You Can Be More Mindful at Work  

 

We've all been there. The dreaded feeling that you have too much to do and not enough time in the day to get it done. And it takes a toll on your productivity, stress levels, and overall happiness at work. But what if we told you that you don’t have to feel that way? That there are other approaches that can help you be more mindful and focused at work? 

Being mindful at work can have a huge impact on your productivity and mental health. By learning to practice mindfulness, individuals can maintain a sense of balance that will help them cope with day-to-day pressures and stressors.

Read along as we provide some tips plus some insights from our team members for how you can be more mindful at work!

 

One task at a time

Are you guilty of multitasking? Eating breakfast while responding to your work emails?  While multitasking has deeply penetrated our culture and becomes a norm in today’s media-saturated and fast-paced world, this behavior can have negative effects on your productivity and your stress levels.

“I used to multitask, but then I realized I rarely get anything done and it feels like all of my work is all over the place. I also once read that multitasking can badly affect our memory – so I’m trying my best to do things one at a time!” - Putri Oktavia Haliem, Performance Marketer

Multitasking requires us to divide our attention, making it harder to focus on the task at hand. Research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic found that when we bounce back and forth between tasks, we are more likely to be less efficient and make mistakes. Ultimately, focusing on one task at a time is more likely to increase your rate of productivity, especially when the stakes are higher and your task is more complex. 

So if you want to increase your mindfulness at work, you should try limiting multitasking as much as possible and focus on being present on each task.

 

Learn how to be present

Have you ever found yourself zoning out during long zoom calls, or drifting off while doing menial tasks? 

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, it can be challenging to stay present. We are constantly being pulled in different directions by our co-workers, clients, and bosses. Not to mention the never-ending stream of emails we receive from people who need something from us right away.

Practicing mindfulness is more important than ever to deal with the demands of modern life;  mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment without judgment. When you’re mindful, you can focus on what’s happening right now instead of worrying about the past or projecting into the future. Be more aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment as well as the current work that you are doing – it’s a really good way to boost your productivity!

“I think it’s really important for us to get a handle on our distracted brain. Sometimes even listening to music distracts us. So for me, it's better to focus on what I am currently doing and then take a bit of a break to think of other stuff if it’s needed.” - Chandra Renaldi, Graphic Designer

You can practice mindfulness by spending a few minutes each day focusing on your breathing and being aware of your surroundings. If you have time, try to do this during work hours so that it becomes a habit. You may even find that you are able to accomplish more things over time. 

 

Feel gratitude

We all want to be mindful at work, but sometimes we get so preoccupied with our tasks that we forget how lucky we are to have a job at all. 

Make it a habit to practice gratitude. Every morning before you go to work, sit down and write five things that you are grateful for. Gratitude can actually make you more productive and help you take control of your emotions by reducing stress and anxiety. This will help you feel more positive, be more present and improve.  

“For me, my mood influences my performance, BIG TIME! Especially now that I work in the creative industry. By being grateful, I can stimulate my mind to be in a better mood – and with me being in a good mood, I will have more ideas coming and my overall work performance will be better!” - Risdam, Social Media Officer

 

Adopt a growth mindset

With the right mindset, you can use mindfulness to increase productivity at work. When you have a growth mindset, your life will change in many wonderful ways. A growth mindset is a belief that your knowledge, skills, and performance can improve with hard work, guidance, and good strategies.  

“With a growth mindset, it does help me grow as a person! I believe that when you are striving to achieve or to grow in your career, it will make you want to learn even more things about new skills you want to learn. So if you have that mindset, that will have a great impact on both your personal and professional life!” -Raj Sangtani, Social Media Strategist

By changing our mindset about what we can achieve, we can create new neural connections and actually change our brains for the better. Having a growth mindset will help you develop resilience, manage stress, and even encourage calculated risks.  You might even begin to see mindfulness as an asset rather than an obstacle to overcome.

Being mindful at work means being present at the moment, focusing on your current activities rather than worrying about what happened or what will happen next.  So, while it’s important to set goals for yourself at work and strive for the best, it is equally important to be mindful at work. It can help you to be more productive, happier, and healthier. 

With these strategies in mind, we hope you can see how being mindful is important for your professional development as well as maintaining a healthy and positive lifestyle!
 

 


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