It is not an easy task to be more mindful in a busy and stressful day-to-day life. But can we agree that it is important to develop your mindfulness at work, in personal life and even when building a friendship?
When you are stressed and tired, do you do any of these?
- forget or ignore important tasks
- waste your valuable time by browsing the internet on your phone
- binge eating and feeling ashamed
- watching TV
- ignore phone calls or people
- feeling demotivated
- losing your confidence
If you answered “Yes” to at least 2 of these, this article will help you to break the vicious circle and start becoming more mindful.
1. Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation is the easiest method which helps you to be more mindful. You do not need any special place to do meditation usually, but if you are a beginner, try to find a quiet place.
BTW, Meditation is a common method of practice in Buddhism. It helps Buddhist to be more conscious and concentrate on things they do and their emotions.
So how can you start to meditate?
Sit at a quiet and peaceful place in a comfortable way. Make sure your body is comfortable, relaxed and there is no obvious tension. Next, close your eyes and start to breathe slowly. Count your breathing and pay attention to it, start analysing the feelings in your body, check if there is any pain or discomfort. Breathe. If you practice meditation for around 10 minutes every day, this will help you to improve your focus.
2. Uni-tasking vs Multi-Tasking
Most of us like to multi-task. We think it would help us to get many things done at once and save time. But there are jobs that we cannot perform with multi-tasking. We have to be extra careful and mindful.
Moreover, our brain works in a way that it can’t do multi-tasking anyway – it can only switch quickly between tasks!Tweet
For example, let’s assume that you work at a bank and it’s your turn to work at the counters. Will it be efficient if you answer the phone calls while helping the customers at the counter? It would make the queues lengthier. Your customers will have to stand in queues for a longer period. Even a single mistake can cause a huge loss to your bank and put your job in danger as well.
So, there are tasks that we should do without any other interruptions. When you focus on 1 thing, you become more productive!
3. Block “No Caller ID”
Sometimes our work gets interrupted by unwanted calls we receive. Let’s assume that you receive a call from a telemarketer while you are working on an urgent project that you have to submit today itself. This happened to me so many times. And it definitely affected my ability to stay on track with the work I was doing.
Don’t you think it would make you angry and interrupt your concentration too? This can be an enemy of your mindfulness.
So how can we prevent the unwanted or no caller ID calls? Before starting your task, set your phone in “do not disturb mode”. This would turn your phone to ring in silent when you receive a call, SMS or social media notifications etc.
Of course, there are moments that we cannot keep our phone in silent mode. There is a solution for that as well. If you are using an iPhone, enable calls to be received only from your contact list.
4. Limit Social Media Time
The fourth way to be more mindful is avoiding social media browsing in the bed. Are you a person that browses Facebook, Instagram and Youtube before going to sleep? Have you ever got carried away with it until 2 am?
If you have to wake up early in the morning and go to work, you are going to be disappointed. You might feel sleepy and lazy during the rest of your day. This will affect your ability to concentrate in a bed way. Moreover, this will decrease your productivity and diminish your mindfulness. Therefore, limit your social media browsing before sleep.
5. Learn to Say “No” to Others and “Yes” to Yourself
And last, but not the least. Remember:
You are not supposed to say “ yes” to every invitation or offer you get.
Your calendar doesn’t need to be full every day.
You must get free time for yourself.
You can use that precious time on meditation.
It will make your mind clear while making you mentally healthy.
Let me know in the comments below, what helps you to be more mindful every day?
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