Research has shown that the human brain has so much capacity we only use a fraction at our best. The unlimited abilities of our mind on the flip side can pose a threat if we lose control of it. Ever been lost in mixed thoughts. Ever been present in a meeting but “absent minded”?
The oxford dictionary defined mindfulness as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
In the simplest term, mindfulness is focusing on the present moment.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool, not just for our personal wellbeing, but also for workplace productivity.
Here are 5 benefits of mindfulness in the workplace.
Improves Emotional Intelligence
As we deal with people in our day-to-day work life, it is important to understand our emotions, interpret other people’s emotions, and determine what emotion is necessary for different situations in the workplace.
Mindfulness meditation has been known to increase emotional intelligence.
The ability to multitask presents itself as a genius but in disguise, it is an enemy to focus. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce distraction and by so doing, increases the ability to focus on a single task at a time.
This doesn’t entirely rule out the need for multitasking. However, multitasking shouldn’t be the way to always go, rather, it should only happen when entirely necessary.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can come from numerous sources. With the world gradually adapting new ways of doing things, there is still a significant record of stress and anxiety. Findings show that practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Increase Overall Productivity
By connecting all the pieces together, we can clearly see how practicing mindfulness can increase overall productivity. As you become more present in the moment and understand your emotions and the emotions of others, the more your chances of having better communication and collaboration in the office.
As you master the art of focusing on a task at a time, you will be able to complete your activities within deadline.