Practicing mindfulness is more than just a recent trend or craze. In fact, it has ancient roots in Eastern traditions. Today, it’s practiced widely around the world due to its health benefits like relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, and helping with depression.
The great thing about being mindful is that it can be applied to any area of your life, even at the office. Practicing mindfulness at the office can help relieve workplace stress, keep your focused, and increase your productivity. Below are some easy tips for being mindful and present at the office.
Work on Being Consciously Present
The first step to being mindful at work is to practice being consciously present. Being consciously present means that you are fully aware of what you’re doing and in the present. Instead of operating on “auto-pilot” mode, you should be fully present in the task that you are doing.
That means that if you’re in a meeting and find yourself zoning out, you should always catch yourself and bring your thoughts back to the present. Being consciously present means you aren’t thinking about things like an argument you had earlier in the day that can cause feelings of worry or anxiety.
Try Mindful Exercises
If you’re having trouble starting your mindfulness journey at the office or you just don’t know where to begin, engaging in some easy mindful exercises can give you a great place to start. Things like listening to guided breathing exercises can help you pull yourself back into the moment when you start to slip up.
Reserve a space in your day to practice being mindful, whether it’s on your morning commute or during your lunch break. A little practice can go a long way.
One of the worst things for your mindful practice is multitasking. When you are working on multiple tasks at once, it becomes virtually impossible to focus your mental energy on any one specific thing. While the old notion is that multitaskers get more done, it’s actually true that people who work on one single task at a time are more efficient employees.
Some easy ways to avoid multitasking is to schedule out your day so you don’t have meetings or projects overlapping and make sure you don’t overbook yourself by leaving space in between tasks to take a breather. Prioritize your list of tasks so that you complete the ones that are the most important first so you never miss a deadline.
Be Mindful By Slowing Down
The last tip for being mindful at the office is to remember to slow down. Studies have shown that workers who take regular breaks throughout the day are more productive. Set a timer on your phone to remind you to take a 15-minute break every hour. During this break, put all work related tasks out of your mind.
Try to use this time to practice a mindful exercise, take a walk outside, or meditate. When you come back from your break, you will be surprised at how much more productive you are.
Being mindful at the office isn’t as hard as it looks. With these easy tips, you can be well on your way to being mindful at work and getting more done. For more tips on how to be present at the office, check out our blog post “3 Simple Ways to Crush the Monday Blues.”