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Have a Mindful Attitude at Work

Updated on June 30, 2020

Being more present is fundamental to being more productive, at all levels. Mindfulness leads us to a state of peace and conscious appreciation of everything that goes on around us, but the good news is that practicing it does not require you to be hugging a tree in the middle of the forest or walking around by the sea.

A mindful attitude at work is consistent with knowing how to be attentive to the actions and emotions of your present moment, being aware of how what you are doing affects the way you feel. If the mind navigates other paths, the important thing is to bring it back to its current focus. This is not a counter-intuitive way of working, although it may seem like it since nobody slows down when they have deadlines to meet. The point is that the speed can actually be reduced, but that will only serve to make you more aware of everything you do and, consequently, manage to be your best version to do it, because it is totally in the place where it has to be.

A task each time
Doing several things at the same time is not as productive as it seems. In fact, our brain frantically shifts from one task to another and ends up losing some data. That is, when you do many tasks at the same time, you may feel more active, but you are not doing your best for each one. So, focus on one task at a time.

Learn to deal with stress
There is something transversal to all jobs: at some point, there will be a moment of stress. And the best way to deal with it is to accept it. The solution is to avoid letting him dominate it and reducing its good performance. When we are stressed, our heart rate increases and we start to breathe faster - this is the physical impact that this emotion has on us. However, we can use this to our advantage and make our emotional response more positive than negative. Being aware of this state of mind can help you to control it and to master it because you stopped trying to understand it.

Emotions like panic and stress lead to bad decisions. This is an improper use of energy. Take a break, go for a walk, and try to be more listener than talkative. Slowing down the pace helps us to make better decisions and is one of the steps to achieve a more conscious attitude at work.

Make use of reminders
Our brain is used to getting lost in its own thoughts. That is why, in most cases, we are unable to be fully attentive. In our usual daily activities, for example, this is precisely what happens - we immerse ourselves in an endless dreamy narrative. Going on autopilot is the same as not being fully present and awake for opportunities. This is where the reminder comes in - it will help you focus on the present. You can, for example, set an alarm on your phone. Whenever he touches, take a deep breath and pause to be aware of the environment that surrounds him. This way, you will take a small step back, but you will be able to reflect, instead of automatically reacting to what comes to you.

Be grateful
We tend to be more negative than positive. It is much easier to focus on what has failed than on something that has worked. Precisely to counter this, which in no way helps us to evolve, it is essential to be grateful. Gratitude awakens in us a feeling of satisfaction that will be reflected in our professional relationships and in the way we view daily work. Always try to find the positive side of all situations and be grateful, so that everything runs smoothly.

If you can't change something. accept it!
To be mindful is to accept the situation as it is. To practice acceptance is to accept yourself. It is this attitude that leads to change, because it allows us to enjoy our victories with more quality, without focusing too much on the feelings of guilt that sabotage more positive possibilities.

Everything is part of the process of growth.
Humility is the first step towards growth, in all areas of our life. When we adopt this attitude towards others, we are able to accept ourselves as we are and be, at the same time, open to listening and learning from other people who work with us. Don't just focus on yourself, focus on the whole, which is the group.

With gratitude, acceptance, and humility, we are able to appreciate the way others help us. Being grateful is automatically a sign of humility, as well as knowing how to see constructive criticism as an opportunity to improve. Being mindful at work is all of this, living in the moment and believing that everyday personal and professional growth happens.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Manuela


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