4 Surprising Ways Mindfulness Can Optimize Your Workday

The benefits of mindfulness extend into the workplace.

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Miranda Raimon

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Meditation and mindfulness can have strong, effective results—from improved sleep to less stress, and many benefits in between. But how about the impact of mindfulness in the workplace?

We’ve explored different times and situations throughout the workday where mindfulness can boost the employee experience, resulting in a more productive and cohesive working environment—both for yourself and amongst colleagues.

Before diving into your inbox

When starting the workday, one of your first tasks is likely to check your inbox. Whether you’re logging back in after a weekend, opening up the computer after time off, or simply checking your email on a Tuesday, this relatively straight-forward task can be anxiety-inducing.

What if instead of diving into an inbox full of messages waiting to be answered, you cleared your mind first? Listening to a short, guided meditation or taking a few moments to ground yourself with a handful of deep, intentional breaths can completely shift your mindset. Drawing awareness to the present moment through mindfulness can regulate your mood, and allow you to respond to a full inbox with a fresh and open mindset.

During a meeting

Meetings are an essential part of the workday for nearly every employee, no matter the company size, industry, or location. Whether meetings take place in person or over a video conferencing platform, being able to connect to colleagues helps foster connection and spark inspiration.

That said, meetings—especially remote—are also rife with opportunities for issues. So what does it look like to mindfully engage in a meeting? Active listening and participation create a more productive and friendly environment for all involved. Being mindful in a meeting can mean taking the initiative to cut out distraction, and listening to all opinions in the room. Being mindful ultimately means being present—so in a meeting, this focus on the time at hand cultivates both respect and productivity.

Prepping for a presentation

Nothing makes you second-guess yourself like a presentation. No matter how prepared you may be for the delivery, stress and anxiety are likely lurking nearby. Practicing mindfulness helps you snuff out self-doubt; as you learn to keep thoughts from dragging up past experiences or rushing ahead, you’re able to remain present with what is—ultimately boosting confidence and self-compassion. Consider a walking meditation, or even just getting out in nature for a few minutes before a presentation.

Maximizing focus time

Different methods for focused time work for different individuals. Some prefer time blocking, others utilize timers—but everyone needs uninterrupted sessions to get work done. Mindfulness can be especially helpful to keep the mind steady on one task or topic, and certain sounds or meditations can also assist. Specific types of music, like naturescapes, classical music, and ambient sounds, positively affect cognitive function and concentration.

No matter your role or demographic, mindfulness is useful in the workplace. From inbox overwhelm to meeting woes, presentation trepidation, or lack of focus, adding a mindful moment to the workday can benefit any employee.

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