In this connected world we strive to get everything we want done, in the limited time we have. We are inundated with deadlines in both the workplace and in our personal lives. When we feel a bit overwhelmed, our productivity decreases drastically because we are overcome with anxiety to complete all our tasks, and inevitably accomplish nothing! It is a vicious circle of “I have so much to do” but “I don’t even know where to start”. This manifests into a severe lack of productivity, that our brain becomes used to.
What if I told you that there is one simple way to achieve what you want and make your productivity soar? The simple answer is – Mindfulness, and I’m not talking about doing something drastic like hours of yoga and meditation. It’s about giving yourself a few minutes to just pause and gather your thoughts before you embark on anything.
When we can think better, we feel better. When we feel better we act from a calmer place and so perform better.
Mindfulness mainly focuses on slowing down your mind, pausing and observing situations without judgement. This allows you to make some space to become aware of where you are and how you are feeling, so that you act with a sense of determination and choice.
Close your eyes. Block out any distractions. Visualise what you need to do and how you’ll do it.
The insurance giant Aetna conducted a survey on the impact of mindfulness training on employees and found that staff who took part in mindfulness training added roughly 60 minutes to their productivity each week. That’s over two whole days of extreme productivity over the course of the year!
Mindfulness can hugely impact our happiness at work. New research indicates that when we are happy at work, we work more productively, creatively, and collaboratively. In fact, in a study by the University of Warwick, happiness led to a 12% increase in productivity.