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Mindfulness at Work: Succeed in the Corporate Jungle

Article by: bhairavshankar
Written on 2020-11-25T08:22:32+00:00

In many ways, the modern employee is like Sisyphus, each day we go to work and try to push a giant boulder up a mountain. Each night we’re worried that boulder is going to roll back down and crush us. Come the next day a new boulder and mountain is waiting. It’s bound to create stress and anxiety. It’s not an exaggeration when we say that most of us spend our waking hours working or thinking about our work. Our jobs have become fast-paced, competitive, requiring overnight turnarounds, and difficult conversations. Given this context, most of us suffer from anxiety or function on auto-pilot. Over time we’ve numbed our attention spans.

No matter what your job or nature of work is mindfulness can help. It can help us achieve a sense of focus, purpose, and productivity. Mindfulness helps us achieve these by training our brains to focus better. It prevents us from operating on our default, stress mode.

Research has shown that we release maximum stress hormones within minutes after waking. Thinking of the day ahead, checking our phones creates a sense of urgency about what must be done immediately. This automatically puts the body in fight-or-flight mode. We’re already scrambling, trying to get things done, and put out fires. The day looks challenging and the work pile seems impossible to finish. But here are a few mindful hacks that can help you get ahead:

The myth of multitasking 

Multitasking is an illusion in the way it deceives us that we’re getting more work done by doing more than one thing simultaneously. When we do more than one thing at a time our brains keep switching between tasks losing information and efficiency in the process. But it’s so hard not to multitask right? You’re in a meeting, there’s an urgent call, you can’t choose you must do both. Mindfulness can help train our attention to break this unproductive habit. Mindful working means applying focus and awareness to every single thing you do as soon as you enter the office. Pure focus on the task helps us recognise distractions as they arise. Mindfulness helps us remain on track.

Attention-training the mind 

Mindfulness is first and foremost about being aware and present in the moment. It helps you be consciously present at work and operate in a state of calmness and clarity. To be mindful at work means managing our emotional states to ensure they don’t yank us off base and distract us from the task at hand. You can achieve this by beginning the day with a guided mindful meditation or doing mindfulness exercises on your way to work. You can even set up reminders to take mindful breaks during the day when you can do simple breathing exercises to regain control over your schedule and workflow.

Beating stress  

Workplace stress is a giant killer. As we shift to a work from home model it can be even more all-consuming. Given technology tools, we’re always plugged in. There’s always an urgent something that needs to be handled. Stress and anxiety about work can often cut us off from our personal lives. Mindfulness helps us break this pattern. Mindfulness meditation helps us de-stress and change our physical and emotional responses to stress. It frees us from anxiety and allows us to concentrate on the work. Mindfulness helps us get through the workday being fully present and conscious. It helps us keep an open mind and a kind heart. We’re able to develop stronger, more productive relationships with our colleagues and can operate from a position of compassion. A study showed that people who were treated kindly at work repaid it by being 278% more generous to co-workers.

An organisation is a team sport people who get along work better together. We’re more likely to get along if we’re not operating in auto-pilot mode, stressed out and frazzled. Mindfulness helps us ensure we cut down our baggage and prevent it from affecting others in the workplace.

Also See: Want to be a better leader? Mindfulness can help.

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Mindfulness at Work: Succeed in the Corporate Jungle

Article by
Written on 2020-11-25T08:22:32+00:00

In many ways, the modern employee is like Sisyphus, each day we go to work and try to push a giant boulder up a mountain. Each night we’re worried that boulder is going to roll back down and crush us. Come the next day a new boulder and mountain is waiting. It’s bound to create stress and anxiety. It’s not an exaggeration when we say that most of us spend our waking hours working or thinking about our work. Our jobs have become fast-paced, competitive, requiring overnight turnarounds, and difficult conversations. Given this context, most of us suffer from anxiety or function on auto-pilot. Over time we’ve numbed our attention spans.

No matter what your job or nature of work is mindfulness can help. It can help us achieve a sense of focus, purpose, and productivity. Mindfulness helps us achieve these by training our brains to focus better. It prevents us from operating on our default, stress mode.

Research has shown that we release maximum stress hormones within minutes after waking. Thinking of the day ahead, checking our phones creates a sense of urgency about what must be done immediately. This automatically puts the body in fight-or-flight mode. We’re already scrambling, trying to get things done, and put out fires. The day looks challenging and the work pile seems impossible to finish. But here are a few mindful hacks that can help you get ahead:

The myth of multitasking 

Multitasking is an illusion in the way it deceives us that we’re getting more work done by doing more than one thing simultaneously. When we do more than one thing at a time our brains keep switching between tasks losing information and efficiency in the process. But it’s so hard not to multitask right? You’re in a meeting, there’s an urgent call, you can’t choose you must do both. Mindfulness can help train our attention to break this unproductive habit. Mindful working means applying focus and awareness to every single thing you do as soon as you enter the office. Pure focus on the task helps us recognise distractions as they arise. Mindfulness helps us remain on track.

Attention-training the mind 

Mindfulness is first and foremost about being aware and present in the moment. It helps you be consciously present at work and operate in a state of calmness and clarity. To be mindful at work means managing our emotional states to ensure they don’t yank us off base and distract us from the task at hand. You can achieve this by beginning the day with a guided mindful meditation or doing mindfulness exercises on your way to work. You can even set up reminders to take mindful breaks during the day when you can do simple breathing exercises to regain control over your schedule and workflow.

Beating stress  

Workplace stress is a giant killer. As we shift to a work from home model it can be even more all-consuming. Given technology tools, we’re always plugged in. There’s always an urgent something that needs to be handled. Stress and anxiety about work can often cut us off from our personal lives. Mindfulness helps us break this pattern. Mindfulness meditation helps us de-stress and change our physical and emotional responses to stress. It frees us from anxiety and allows us to concentrate on the work. Mindfulness helps us get through the workday being fully present and conscious. It helps us keep an open mind and a kind heart. We’re able to develop stronger, more productive relationships with our colleagues and can operate from a position of compassion. A study showed that people who were treated kindly at work repaid it by being 278% more generous to co-workers.

An organisation is a team sport people who get along work better together. We’re more likely to get along if we’re not operating in auto-pilot mode, stressed out and frazzled. Mindfulness helps us ensure we cut down our baggage and prevent it from affecting others in the workplace.

Also See: Want to be a better leader? Mindfulness can help.

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