Mindfulness at Work : Stay Woke AF

FeaturedMindfulness at Work : Stay Woke AF

Mindfulness may seem like a great idea, but how do you become more mindful in the context of a busy work day? You may have emails, phone calls, a team to manage, and people’s attitudes and egos to deal with. And, of course, your own work! In the middle of all that, how can you apply the principles of mindfulness so that you feel more alive and present, as well as being productive? Here are a few  radical ways to be mindful at work.

  1. Be Consciously Present

To me mindful at work means to be consciously present in what you’re doing, while you’re doing it, as well as managing your mental and emotional state. Be present in whatever you’re doing, whether you consider it important, or not.

2. Use Short Mindful Exercises at Work

Even one minute of consciously connecting with one of your senses can be classified as a mindful exercise. You don’t need to close your eyes. You don’t even need to be sitting down. Spend one minute every hour fully connecting with one of your senses.

3. Be a Single – Tasker

Nobody can actually multitask. Your brain is madly switching from one thing to the next, often losing data in the process. Challenge yourself to switch off your email notifications when working on an important task.

4. Use Mindful Reminders

Being on auto-pilot means that you’re not fully present and awake to the opportunities and choices around you. By using some form of a reminder, you can be mindful again. The reminder shakes you out of autopilot mode. Set a timer to go off three times a day, to remind you to be awake and present to the here and now.

5. Slow Down to Speed Up

Effective leaders, workers and entrepreneurs slow down and reflect to make the best decisions and actions – they slow down to speed up. The next time you catch yourself rushing, stop. You’ll save energy and make less mistakes too.

What’s your formula for staying woke at work? Share in the comments. I am excited to read them :).

 

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Confidence Is Necessary

FeaturedConfidence Is Necessary

“Have confidence!” is one of the most essential pieces of advice you’ll receive in life that makes no sense if you’ve never done it. You know what confident people look like, the advantages they get, and that it’s something worth emulating. How do you get there, though?

Here are few ways in which you can become more confident

  1. Smile. Not only will it brighten your day, but it will make others around you smile, too.
  2. At the end of each day write down something you think you did well. e.g. I encouraged a girl who was being shy at work today.
  3. Listen to songs that make you happy, not ones that make you want too, shut yourself off from the world and cry all by yourself in your room.
  4. Believe that you’re in a confidence bubble. Kind of like, you’re wearing an invisibility coat.
  5. Love what you wear. When you look good, it changes the way you feel. This will make you confident while being in public.
  6. Walk with purpose. Walk like you have got somewhere to be.
  7. Make eye contact with the person you’re talking too or are taking.
  8. Next time you’re at a party meet someone new. The person in the corner all by themselves looks like a good person to start with.
  9. Clear out the clutter in your life. A messy room equals a messy mind.
  10. Stop comparing yourself to others. Focusing on your positive qualities, rather than comparing yourself to others, is a great way to boost self-confidence.

 

 

Feel It..Can You?

FeaturedFeel It..Can You?

I don’t know what it means to feel anymore.

I want to feel love. I want to feel excitement. I want to feel happiness where I can throw my head back and laugh completely. Life has become a vicious task of interacting with people for the sake of social integration. I can’t seem to stay interested in things people do or say. I started on the quest of finding my own passions, but nothing seems too interesting anymore, like the zest for life that used to be there just kinda vanished. Almost everything is only interesting for a few instances, and then becomes boring and monotonous.

Even MAJOR life events don’t seem to register the same feeling they once did. Looking at fancy cars don’t bring in the same joy. Emotional turbulence, Maybe? Anxiety, hell YES. That constant jittery feeling in the centre just below the chest, hmmm.

I want to feel emotions again, but at the moment nothing will set me off. People say take it easy. Can’t do, the anxiety is killing. 

Should happiness or pleasure be the desires in life? I mean look around you, who is happy anyways, maybe they are all faking it at some level. I just hope whatever it is, this phase, it passes soon. 

Do you feel like that too? 

 

Daily Dose of Inspiration – Thoughts are Powerful

It has been estimated that we have about 60,000 thoughts per day and most are nothing more than habitual or redundant thoughts that enter our mind on daily.  But why let the same ideas and patterns cycle through our mind?  Choose your thoughts – most of the time we don’t – it’s easier and acceptable by many to run on ‘autopilot’.  The only time you are conscious is in the present. While in the present moment your thoughts are at the highest level capable of being. If you often find yourself living in the past or perhaps future “can be’s” it can be compared to  being on the ‘Merry-go-mind stream’. A constant swirling and whirling of thoughts anywhere but in the present. While in this state your thoughts are at the lowest state they can be.

Daily Dose of Inspiration – Let go of Fear!

Daily Dose of Inspiration – Let go of Fear!

 

Everyone is afraid. I am, you are, everyone is! The only difference between you and the successful people you admire is that they are willing to work and move through their fears in order to get where they want to be. If you don’t learn how to face your fear it will grip your mind, body, and spirit. It will wage a war against you and your dreams. Know this need not be. Once you understand how you can dissipate fear, it shrinks and is no longer a threat. Fear is a conditioned response, a life-draining habit that can easily consume our energy, creativity and spirit if we are not careful. When fear rears its ugly head, beat it down quickly. The best way to do that is to do the thing we fear. Fast.