Whether you have a job you love or not, your work likely causes you a certain amount of stress. Whether you’re dealing with deadlines, working overtime, or struggling to get along with your boss, your job can lead to higher levels of anxiety, sleepless nights, and even depression. Practicing mindfulness at work can help you be happier and more productive. Here are some tips to be more mindful at work.
Be More Aware
At work, we have a tendency to go on autopilot. At its core, mindfulness is about paying more attention to the present. You want to be aware of your surroundings, as well as your feelings and thoughts. Distracting thoughts may arise – a conversation you had with your supervisor a week ago or the to-do list you have for the upcoming week. It’s important to acknowledge those thoughts and let them fall away. When you focus on the present, you can focus on your tasks more effectively and make clearer decisions.
It is much easier to focus on the present if you avoid multitasking. Many people have the habit of trying to do multiple tasks at the same time. Multitasking splits your focus and decreases your productivity. You will get a lot more accomplished if you focus on one task at a time. Cutting out multitasking will break a bad habit and improve your attention span over time.
Take a Break and Meditate
When we feel stressed, we tend to push through it. We feel like we’re being unproductive if we take breaks. The reality is that if you take short breaks to meditate, you’ll have more clarity and focus, which will allow you to complete tasks more efficiently and with more accuracy. As soon as you feel stressed, take a ten-minute break. Find somewhere quiet and listen to a meditation application on your phone.
Practice Acceptance and Gratitude
Part of mindfulness is fostering a more positive outlook. Much of anxiety and stress comes from obsessing over details you have no control over and complaining about things you can’t change. If you want to be happier with your job, you have to work on accepting that you can’t control every aspect of your job or life. It’s also a good idea to take time to think about what you’re thankful for. Consistently practicing gratitude will give you a more positive attitude and improve the relationship you have with your coworkers.
Mindfulness can help boost both happiness and productivity. If you focus on the present, avoid multitasking, meditate, and practice acceptance and gratitude, you will focus better, work faster, reduce stress, and foster a happier outlook on life.
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