“In mindfulness, one is not only restful and happy but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
We live in a world of distractions. It seems that we are focusing on several things at once and none of them adequately enough to do them well. Our scattered thoughts and efforts can cause us to become stressed and ineffective. Learning to focus on the now can help change all that.
While studies show that multitasking doesn’t work, that doesn’t prevent most of us from trying. The more we try to somehow make multitasking work, the more we end up feeling more and more as if we are chasing our own tail and getting absolutely nowhere.
We’ve all heard about “being in the now,” and in a recent study conducted by the University of Washington, researchers concluded that in groups of workers who were used to multitasking, those who were trained in meditation or mindfulness were better able to stay on task and made fewer task switches. These same workers also reported fewer incidents of negative emotions after performing tasks as well as a notable increase in memory.
In today’s world, focusing on the present moment can seem like a luxury, but it can make a huge difference. No matter the stresses of your day or the demands of your life, your mental and emotional state and your effectiveness can be improved simply by being mindful and in the present moment.
The workplace is where most of us tend to be constantly focused on achievement. Employers have seen the value of mindfulness and single focus and many companies, such as Adobe, Google, Facebook, Hubspot, and Rolls Royce have all started meditation groups for their workers to help them become more effective in their work and in other areas of their lives. If these companies have seen the value of mindfulness, then won’t you want to make in expensive initiative a part of your home based business.
How does one become mindful?
Mindfulness is achieved by focusing your awareness completely on the present moment and where you are within it. Can being mindful help us in the workplace? Some experts, such as author Eckhart Tolle, say that it can. According to Tolle, “Life is just a series of present moments. “
Here Are Some Ways in Which Focusing on Mindfulness and Staying in The Now Can Increase Your Effectiveness
- Focus – When we focus our thoughts on a specific task, focusing on a single thing can be likened to focusing the sun’s rays with a magnifying glass. The intensity of that focus can generate heat and cause things to happen.
- Stress Reduction – Day to day stresses are addressed through our hippocampus and can seem almost like an addiction. Those who have suffered from intense stress levels such as PTSD or depression may have a smaller hippocampus than those who don’t suffer from intense stress. Practicing mindfulness and focusing on them now can increase body awareness, increase pain tolerance and assists in more complex thinking, introspection, and an increased sense of self.
- Maintaining Brain Health – Along with keeping us focused on our tasks and reducing the dangerous effects of stress, it helps the brain to self-regulate and become more agile. Increased brain agility can direct attention and suppress tendencies toward knee-jerk reactions and reduce conflict in the workplace.
- Increase Listening & Relationship Skills – Mindfulness assists focus. When listening to someone else, that mindfulness can help you focus on listening to them more intently. It is said that good relationships are built on good listening skills. When we are focused on the person and what they are saying, we are more apt to gather their meaning through their vocal inflection, body language, and tone. When we really listen, we make others more likely to listen to us in return.
- Accepting Feedback and Criticism – Criticism is a part of everyday life and we may face it most often in the workplace. When we practice mindfulness, it can increase our capacity to slow down and listen to the feedback that we are receiving. From being in the now, we are able to slow down and also make note of our reaction within our own bodies and consider the feedback and act on it in more constructive ways.
You can practice mindfulness throughout your day both in your home based business and family life. Morgan Dix of AboutMeditation.com recommends taking a few 1 minute breaks throughout the day. All you need to do is to simply stop, take a few deep breaths and focus on the moment. You may find that doing so may improve your performance in your business and have other unexpected benefits.