Even if you find yourself disagreeing with an idea at first don’t let that stop you from listening and evaluating it independently of your own beliefs. Here is an exercise to help:
The next time you find yourself in a meeting with colleagues, pay attention to what each person is saying. Resist the urge to offer your own opinion (turn off the internal dialogue rehearsing what you’re going to say next) and simply ask questions that help the other person to make their point. When done, move your attention to the next speaker.
Who knows, you may leave the meeting with a new idea that can positively affect your future business decisions.
3) Value Your Breaks
A study of office workers and managers by Staples discovered that even though 66 percent of employees spend more than 8 hours a day at work, more than a quarter of them don’t take a break other than lunch. One in five employee respondents said guilt was the reason they don’t step away from their workspaces.
Working 8 hours straight with no breaks may feel like the best way to finish a project at first, but in reality, it is far from the truth. Here’s what the Harvard Business Review has to say about it:
When you work on a task continuously, it’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the weeds. In contrast, following a brief intermission, picking up where you left off forces you to take a few seconds to think globally about what you’re ultimately trying to achieve.
Without setting aside time to really disengage you’re likely only causing yourself additional (and unnecessary) stress and anxiety.
Do This Instead:
Take your calendar and schedule in 10-minute breaks every few hours for 1 week. During these 10-minute breaks get up from your workspace, leave your cell phone behind, and take a walk.
Spend a few moments just checking in with yourself. Notice any areas of stress and try to relax them. Stretch. Create some mental space by allowing your mind to drift. You may be surprized at how refreshed and energized you feel when the ten minutes are up.
After implementing these 3 easy tips the next time you’re asked about your day, I’m confident you will have a lot more to say!
How do you practice mindfulness at work? Do you notice a difference in your life when you implement mindfulness techniques?