Mindfulness can be learned by anyone at their own pace. In an earlier guesting at the Gig Economy Podcast, I had mentioned that practicing mindfulness changes the way people communicate and respond to situations that happen in their everyday lives.
For those in the workplace, infusing mindfulness throughout your typical workday could mean focusing on fewer things instead of swimming in an overwhelming list of to-do’s. Personally, I practice mindfulness by stepping away or taking a short break after accomplishing one task. I take a breath of fresh air or fix myself a nice cup of tea. Allowing yourself to focus on fewer things helps you tackle each item with an undivided attention while taking a break gives you enough headspace before starting on the next item on the list.
Being mindful of how you use your energy and your time spells the difference because it may translate into the following benefits:
- reduced stress/avoid exhaustion
- setting expectations clearly and effectively
- communicating to gain clarity more than reacting negatively
- improvement in managing of priorities
- better team alignment and collaboration
- increase creativity in problem-solving
- lessen conflicts or manage conflicts more effectively
- empathy towards co-workers
Mindfulness is about awareness. When you are more self-aware, you are better able to notice the emotions triggered by situations that arise. Recognising your emotions and acknowledging them and what causes them—without judging them. And when you do, you can choose to respond in the most compassionate manner.