5 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You be More Productive at Work

February 20, 2019 | 1820 Views

5 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You be More Productive at Work

JoEtta Barnes

Director of Field Training and New Store Openings | Perkins & Marie Callender’s, LLC

There is a lot of talk about mindfulness these days! It is a nice word, and maybe just a new catchphrase, but it is hard not to wonder what it really means and how we can be more mindful? And how being mindful can help us de-stress and be more effective in our jobs. 

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Mindfulness is defined as: 

  1. The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something 
  2. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness of the present moment while calming acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. 

In our fast-paced, over-simulated world, we can easily become overwhelmed and stressed out. Each day, the mind is constantly pulled this way and that way, scattering our thoughts and emotions; meanwhile leaving us feeling high strung or even anxious. Sometimes these emotions and feelings leave us feeling mindless, and in turn can appear to others like we are not tuned-in, present, or actively engaged in our interactions. 

The great news is mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, and it’s more readily available to us when we practice it on a daily basis. It can be cultivated through proven techniques: particularly through seated, walking, standing, and moving meditation (it’s also possible lying down but often leads to sleep!). 

You can be more mindful simply by inserting short pauses of mindfulness into your everyday life. Mindfulness can happen anywhere at any time. That is the beauty of it! 

So how can you bring mindfulness to your work? Even without formal meditation practices, there are simple steps you can take to have a better chance of staying present, feeling better and accomplishing more! 

#1 Breathe

 #2 Single Task

 #3 Slow Down

 #4 Use Reminders

 #5 Be Consciously Present

So mindfulness is not just a catchphrase, but a new way to take care of ourselves, serve our teams and our brands, and of course live a healthier, happier, and more productive life.

Find time for few short pauses for yourself each day! You deserve it!

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  1. Danielle Dally:
    Feb 20, 2019 at 01:39 PM

    The two biggest areas that I need to pay attention to are: 'Single Task' and 'Be Consciously Present'. While you have to multi-task to some extent, limiting that and as a previous boss would say "land the plane" is necessary. It's never as good to be 75% done on many projects than to be fully done with a few. Great reminder JoEtta!