Staying Focused – Working Smart

Did you know that most of us spend roughly 47% of our waking hours distracted from what we are doing?  Chances are your mind is wandering right now.

When we get distracted from a task at work, it can take us up to 25 minutes to get back into the flow.  When you consider that 28% of our day is spent on emails and up to a third of the day can be consumed by meetings, it is no wonder we are working longer hours but falling further behind.

Mandy Millan our founder believes this is a common scenario in today’s busy workplace.  “The temptation is to try to cram more into the day and always do several things at once.  But the brain can’t efficiently do more than one thing at a time.  Tackling tasks in parallel takes us 30% longer and we make twice as many errors”.  

As the festive season begins to kick into full swing, the pressure on us intensifies – our calendars and to-do lists are even fuller.  The end of the year finish line can seem impossible to reach, and by the time Christmas day arrives we are exhausted.

Enter mindfulness.  Flo Wellbeing delivers pilates and mindfulness classes. workshops and retreats in corporate settings.  We chat to founder Mandy Millan about how you can use mindfulness to boost your productivity, survive the end of year stresses and come out the other side of Christmas feeling better not worse.

Practice staying in the present

Pick a simple activity that you do every day – for example brushing your teeth.  See if you can stay fully present to the act of brushing your teeth,  When your attention  wanders, bring it back to brushing the teeth.  By practising regulating your attention with simple activities you will gradually be able to stay more present in everything you do.  You could also do this during the day with a cup of coffee.

Notice your mental chatter

We have between 60-80,000 thoughts per day and 80% of them are negative.  On top of that, the majority of our thoughts are repeat thoughts.  When we can begin to notice what is happening in our mind we are at less risk of being ‘yanked around’ by our thoughts.  We no longer accept every thought as true and needing to be acted upon.  Instead we can choose a wise course of action based on which thoughts are helpful in the present moment.

Meditate to support mindfulness

Sit quietly for several minutes and bring your attention to your breath.  Focus on where the breath is the most prominent, perhaps in your nose, chest or belly.  Each time the mind wanders, simply notice that and patiently return your attention to the breath.  This practice strengthens our muscle of attention as well as our ability to notice, but not get caught up in our wandering mind.  You only need to do 5 minutes per day to start to feel some benefits.   

To book a free taster session for your team at work or to find out more visit https://www.flowellbeing.com/

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