If you are stressed out constantly at work and are always tired, it is time to embrace mindfulness. Mindful work involves activity management that can help you get through daily tasks logically. By taking a breather, you can give your overworked brain a break and become more productive at the same time.
When it comes to working productively, you need all of your mental and physical faculties in the best of health. If you try to say answer ALL of the emails you have, refuse to delegate, or take on more work than you can manage, you can burn out easily. This is not mindful work rather it is you refusing to be more mindful of your health.
To understand this notion, you have to understand how our mind works to process information. Our thoughts are governed not only by the present but also by past and future events. What this means is that we make decisions based on our experiences. Unfortunately, if we allow them to overcome us, we end up losing sight of our goals.
Mindfulness allows us to remain aware of our thoughts and to fight against the pull of past experiences, especially traumatic ones. Think about it. If you spent time thinking about how embarrassed you felt when your boss chewed you out, you will lose your productivity and never get anything done. However, if you shut out that memory and focused on present tasks, you can heal and grow at the same time.
You should nurture this habit if you want to keep your thoughts from straying into destructive territory. It can help you to slow down and rationalize the next step. It will also allow you to slow down your racing thoughts. That alone can do a lot better than 10 cups of coffee!
Sure, the caffeine can boost focus and productivity for a while. But, once it wears off, you can crash and burn. By making the mindfulness part of your daily life , you will not need that crutch.
Here are just some benefits you can enjoy and how you can reap them:
The best way to create space in your mind is to declutter it. It allows us to take a break from critical thinking. Think of it as taking a break after running full tilt on a treadmill. The act allows the muscles (of your brain) to come down from a high-stress level. Failure to do so can lead to stress, decreased productivity, burnout, and can even stunt your thought process. (Yes, that may be why you are spacing out more than you should at work).
If you want to advance in your career, adapting to new skills and situations is critical. That is pretty much the yardstick that potential employers will measure your suitability with. If you can acclimate to new and unpredictable situations calmly, you can be a better leader. Mindfulness can help you attain and maintain that state.
If you are not mindful of the work you need to do, you will waste time on unnecessary tasks and again the productivity will be very low. The tendency will also prevent you from solving problems quickly. Mindfulness can allow you to free yourself from distractions, which may otherwise derail you. That way, when you are in the middle of a challenge, you will not get overwhelmed easily.
A key aspect of mindfulness is divergent thinking i.e. our ability to come up with new ideas. This can prove invaluable in the workplace, especially one in which the stakes are high, such as a bank. Divergent or creative thinking can help you to think of different solutions to a problem and liberate your brain from distractions. In other words, it will allow you to look at things around you from a different (and calm) perspective
When you come to work each day, you bring a certain amount of energy with you. We are not just talking about your physical state. A vital mind can think critically and does not allow unnecessary clutter to overwhelm our senses. In other words, it can allow us to stay focused and enjoy the work we are doing.
Empathy may be the last thing on your mind if you work in a competitive environment. However, it can go a long way to make you more mindful and thus, less stressed. It allows us to understand how others think and resonates with them on an emotional level. In other words, empathy opens us to new perspectives, which can improve our problem-solving skills.