If you practice mindfulness at all, or you have ever done so in the past, then you are probably well aware of the benefits of this ancient practice. Generally, being mindful improves your ability to keep calm under pressure. It also helps you to keep stress at bay even during the most difficult circumstances. And it is proven to help you think more clearly and be more creative too. All of that is clearly very useful in a professional setting, so you might be wondering how you can be more mindful at work.
Whatever kind of work you do, and whatever your experience with mindfulness might be, this is something that you can always work on. As it happens, bringing more mindfulness to your work might be easier than you think, so with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the major ways in which you might be able to make this happen.
Set Yourself Up For Success
First of all, you need to make sure that you are actually making it as easy as possible to be mindful. Although you can be mindful in any situation with practice, at first you will find it easier if you have made the situation as conducive to it as you can. This means that there are relatively few distractions, and that there is nothing that is going to cause you immediate stress right now. If you have a slow computer that annoys you, fix that first, perhaps by doing some of the things mentioned in this article.
The whole point is to make sure that you are as likely as possible to be mindful and to enjoy it as well. So if you are setting yourself up for success in this way, you will find that you are much more likely to have strong mindfulness while working.
Stabilize Your Attention
A basic part of good mindfulness is that you have a stable attention, so next you are going to need to stabilize your attention as best as you can. You should be careful not to try and force anything here – doing that will mean that you only end up getting frustrated, and it can in general actually make mindfulness a lot harder to achieve. Instead, you want to be gentle but insistent. If you can do that, you’ll find it gets easier over time.
Try to punctuate your day with these moments of stabilized attention. If you can do that, you are soon going to find that you have this mode in mind much more often automatically, and that is going to help you out a lot. Already you will be feeling much more mindful in your work, and you will probably already start to notice the many benefits of that too. That should help to encourage you to carry on.
Allow The Periphery
The main mistake people make is that they tighten up too much on the stabilized attention, and don’t allow the rest of the mind and awareness to do what it needs to. Instead, what you should do is to just allow everything to come and go in the background. Good mindfulness is exactly this: a balance between attention and general awareness. If you go too much one way or the other, you are not being mindful, but something else entirely, so it’s important that you don’t make this mistake.
Again, this is something you can practice throughout the day until it becomes second nature. The joy of this is that you can keep perfectly in line with whatever you are doing in the day, so it’s something you can bring to whatever situation you happen to be in.
Focus On Wellbeing
A lot of mindfulness is all about wellbeing, and you are going to find that this naturally becomes obvious the more that you do it. If you are mindful throughout your working day, you’ll naturally start to feel light and more joyous, and things will take on a much better aspect for you. You can also improve and increase this by purposefully focusing on your wellbeing, bringing to mind the kinds of qualities that you want to have in yourself. If you do this in accordance with strong mindfulness, it has a way of making it come true for you. That not only makes the working day better, but your whole life.
If you can do that, you will find that you are much more mindful in your work, and the benefits of that will be huge.