Do you start the day or does the day start you?
Many emails to answer, meetings to attend, planning and organizing the day are some of the things you may do at the start of the day. After all, work needs to get done. An attempt to work mindfully can help you get the ball rolling and get work done.
How you start your day at work will determine how productive the rest of the day goes.
Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author says; “How you begin your morning often sets the tone and your attitude for the day. It can also derail or direct your focus. If you remain committed to good morning work habits, you won’t fall prey to feeling unproductive and distracted at the end of the day or week.”
So if you start in a hurry, you will only run through the day. If you start by multi-tasking, you will find it challenging to pay attention to one thing at a time, accomplishing only a little by the end of the day. If you commit to beginning your work mindfully, you will spend the day feeling more focused and effective.
Most successful people have learnt one small technique that helps them get through their work day with efficiently and productively. Any guesses on what this is?
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Techniques to begin your day at work mindfully
1. A few breaths is all it takes:
Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes if you can or leave them slightly open. Focus your attention on your breathing. Breathe in; breathe out feeling every movement of breath. Here is a one minute guided breathing exercise:
2. Sitting at your desk:
As you face the computer, with your eyes half closed or closed feel the soles of your feet make contact with the floor. Allow your awareness to rest on the feeling of the solidity of the ground anchoring you in the here and now. Feel the chair that you are sitting on.
These are 2 simple methods to begin your day at work mindfully. They help quieten the mind, increase concentration, improve clarity and bring about a present focus. Re-visit these 2 techniques at any point of the day. These are beautiful practices to end the work day as well.
About the Author
This article was written by Counselors & Mindfulness Trainers at Inner Space.