“Working” Mindfulness into your Workday

Research has proven that mindfulness provides a plethora of benefits.

But how beneficial are 30 minutes of meditating if you spend the next 8 hours a ball of stress between back to back meetings, running on black coffee and one email away from a meltdown.

The fact is: we aren’t present. We aren’t even aware that we aren’t present.

We multitask in meetings (over 70% of people bring other work to meetings), we wolf down food at our desks, we can’t remember how got to work let alone the conversation we just had and we are distracted (47% of the day our mind wanders).

Here are a few ways you can stay in the present moment to do your best during a busy day:

  1. Monotask– focus on one activity at a time. Science and research have proven that we don’t actually multitask, we switch between tasks and we aren’t very efficient at it.

  2. Mindful Meetings- During your next meeting, put technology away and outline the goal and agenda. Next focus on staying present and focused on the conversation. When you get distracted, acknowledge it and come back to the discussion.

  3. Mealtimes- Try eating away from your desk, only eat when hungry and deliberately sense the taste and texture. Mindful eating means you only eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you start to feel full.

  4. Notifications- turn off all notifications on email, cell phone, chats etc. Schedule specific time to check and reply to messages.

Join us this week, while we focus on how to integrate mindfulness into your workday.

Alexis Pokorny
Founder and Chief Mindfulness Officer - Open Deltas