How to Be Mindful at Work
NO…You don’t have to meditate at your desk.
So far you’ve learned many, not all, of the benefits of being mindful. You’ve also learned (and hopefully practiced), a few really easy exercises in mindfulness. Today we’re going to look at how mindfulness can improve your work experience and what to do to make it happen.
More and more businesses are using health coaches to improve the wellness culture of their businesses. Improving the culture leads to cost savings in retention, recruitment, reputation and employee loyalty. It just goes to reason that a corporation would encourage mindful practices in the work place to increase overall well-being in the workplace.
Being mindful while you’re working can even include the way you make decisions. To put yourself in the moment and make decisions free of your ego, detaching from the outcome and putting everything in perspective can render you some pretty amazing decisions. Think back on some of the decisions you’ve made in your life based on your ego or with fear at the foundation. Can you imagine how things may have turned out differently?
Founder, The Health Coach Group
Easy Steps to Become Mindful at Work
Here are a few things you can do that are easy and will improve your day by being mindful.
Don’t multitask. If you work at home and noise is distracting you, close your door. (As I say that, my husband just opened mine… so I’ll be putting a do not disturb sign on the door). Turn your phone off, disable the pop-ups that tell you there are messages and get rid of all distractions. Be present in your current activity and your work will be better, done correctly, more creative and quicker. If I have a big project, like a book, program, presentation or important article, I do it on a day that no one else is working and I don’t even open my email, Facebook or the telephone (mine is online). If you have a crowded office try to find a quiet place to work and shut yourself away.
Do Take Your Lunch Break. Whether you’re at home, or in an office. Stop at a prescheduled time, move away from your desk, eat, drink and move around. If possible, go outside.
Ergonomics are important. Get an ergonomic chair; this will position your body as it should be. The Herman Miller Aeron Chair is an excellent one. Your monitor should be at eye level. Try to stand and work for a while each day.
We don’t always control everything that happens at work. Accept the things you have no control over. If you make a mistake – accept it, learn from it, don’t judge yourself and move on. Same with others, whether we’re talking about co-workers or employees. Everyone makes mistakes; the main thing is you learn and don’t repeat them.
Be grateful. Acknowledge when someone helps you out and be thankful. When a project or client does well, you should celebrate your wins.
Don’t skip vacations. Take your vacations and leave your work at home. Relax and be present in the holiday.
Leave your work at home at night. If you work at home, have a separate place to work and stay out of it. You may feel drawn back in but resist temptation. You’ll be fresher in the morning and be able to be present in the moment.
I bet you have some mindful practices you didn’t even label as mindful. Share them in the comments below.
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