Mindfulness at work
Do you believe Richard Branson when he says ‘we are at our most productive and creative when we are happy and being ourselves at work? What about his quote ‘be kind more than criticise’? Are you a critical leader? Do you take the responsibility of your employees’ happiness as seriously as you do your own? There has been a wealth of research recently about being happy at work, lots of studies suggest using mindfulness to create some headspace to ensure we are at our most productive. As a leader you can encourage your team to use these techniques.
- Be consciously present – any time your attention wanders to something you are not doing in that moment, bring your attention back to the present.
- Use short mindful exercises at work – these can be very short and don’t have to involve closing your eyes and meditating as you may think.
- Be a single-tasker – multi-tasking makes us feel more productive but in reality is almost impossible. Concentrate on one thing at a time.
- Use mindful reminders – the brain’s default state is to be lost in it’s own thoughts, we need to remind ourselves to come back to the present moment and focus on the task at hand.
- Slow down to speed up – panicking and rushing lead to mistakes and stressful thinking.
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