Mindfulness at work has been an ability in demand, more than ever before, with the pandemic and its resolution in adopting remote working. As more and more organizations have shifted their entire work to digital modes and the work from home setup, employees have been adapting to this new world order with best efforts.
Even though this seems like a fair resort as a suitable alternative, the balance between work and home is increasingly become a struggle to keep up with. Professionals have to now perform with family and kids around- even for those who were previously working from home have to now adapt to having kids and family around as most schools and institutions have physically shut out.
At the face of this, mindfulness is one quality that contemporary situations call for. Your ability to not get overwhelmed by what’s happening around and extending your presence and awareness to your work table, is what can significantly aid to improving your productivity in remote working and can help you get most done without having to stress over with multiple thoughts.
Our minds are designed in a way that we cannot realistically vacuum out all thoughts to be able to drive it only in one direction. Even with the best efforts, we can counter distractions at work by trying to practice detachment from what’s around to take moments to tie our consciousness around work.
Being overwhelmed directly results to an ‘autopilot' like state where individuals are not being able to assert all their capabilities into one channel. Mindfulness as opposed to this, helps develop this habit of awareness to approach experiences with mind, emotions and a physical occupancy. It requires practice, patience and rewiring of our minds into reflective awareness. Some best tips that can help you stop zoning out at work include-
Add breather breaks to your routine. These breaks are excellent times where we can focus on our emotions towards what is actively going around. Instead of trying to cut out from the environment, when we choose to give time towards receiving and embracing it, we tend to wire our minds to synchronize, viewing work from home as not a restriction but a new experience to taste.
Slow it down. Our minds cannot perform best when we are multi-tasking. It’s only fair to focus on one thing at a time, to be able do it in the best way we can. In case you feel overwhelmed, it’s fine to decelerate. Unhurried, moderate pace is the best approach when it comes to tasks at work. The sense of time urgency can be greatly impacting your attempts and achievement in the work sphere without your notice.
Make best efforts to connect with nature. As surprising as this tip sounds, small steps like working by the window where you can feel the morning sun or the evening breeze can be of a great relief to make you feel better while working. Brief walks are also a great way to refresh yourself from the screen time and the prolonged sedation in sitting at the work desk. While we make best efforts to stop our minds from wandering around, it is completely okay to take the time to welcome that occasional rain and breathe some moments into bliss.
Set up healthy boundaries for yourself. The idea to set boundaries has often been quite an impossible algorithm to figure out. However, the best way to go about is by introducing practices aimed to your own wellbeing. This shouldn’t include resorts like locking your room from family and people to be setting boundaries as it’s still the home that nests all members and cannot ever become a replica of your actual office. Small steps like not bringing work while you’re dining with your family or just not eating in your work space can be healthy ways to approach boundaries.
Leave weekends to rest. One big break to productivity and utmost performance is when we tend to overwork, or hurry through it. Log off at time and leave your weekends to relax. Recharging your energy is a very important part to harnessing and putting it to better use. People can easily get burnouts when they get obsessed over working, now since they can sit for extra hours and can even join in early as they want. Paying attention to your sanity and wellness can actually be one big force that drives best performance.
I hope these simple tips help you get the most out of your current work situation. Cheers to happy working!