Mindfulness is defined as paying attention and being fully in the moment. Multi-tasking cannot be included in this definition, as most people cannot fully focus on more than one thing at a time. The influence of technology in our fast paced world has often caused the problem of lack of focus on a particular task. This has translated into the modern workplace, especially those who are not used to the fastest paced technology. Those used to it, mostly millennials, often inadvertently miss important details. In our modern often chaotic world, frustration levels rise quickly, giving way to stress and anger. Impatience and frustration often go hand-in-hand. A workplace culture of mindfulness, geared to all generations and cultures can be beneficial to all.
Another tool that is helpful in focusing as well as to reduce stress and anger is EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), also known as tapping. It is recognized in the field of Energy Psychology and has become globally popular. The physical tapping on meridian points releases cortisol, a stress hormone and sends serotonin – a feel good hormone – to the section of the brain dealing with emotions, the amygdala. Most of us are not born with the recommended amount of serotonin for optimal functioning and it may be found as an ingredient in some anti-depressants.
Here are a few additional tips to help focus in the workplace:
- Stay on task by not reading emails throughout the day; have two specific times to check and designate some to be addressed at a future time
- Keep cell phone sound off
- Take frequent stretch breaks, being “mindful of physical toll of computer and phones.
- Keep a “worry list” to address late afternoon each day for ten minutes.
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