How to be more mindful at work and why should you care?

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is to pay full attention to the present moment without judgement. When you are in a meeting, exercising mindfulness means that you are not thinking of the stuff you need to do when you get back to your desk, or daydreaming about what you are going to do after work. Mindfulness means you are 100% committed to the present moment, your attention is 100% focused on what is being said, and people’s behaviours around the table.

Nowadays our computers and phones make it very easy to switch from one thing to another. You can have multiple windows open, you can have multiple tabs in your browser, you can quickly check your messages while waiting for a page to load… Overtime (years) you start having difficulty focusing and working on more complex tasks because your mind keeps wandering. You may already have experienced the shift.

Also, being more mindful means that you will register information that you wouldn’t have noticed before. In the meeting situation, you will detect people’s subtle body movements when they are getting bored or in disagreement, or register information in what is being said that you may have missed. Not only will you be more perceptive but you will remember better too.

But importantly, you will nurture your ability to work on deeper work.

Let’s look at some ways to increase your mindfulness.

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The curling sweep principle

I’d like to share a concept that I have been following for years but haven’t seen explained elsewhere.

Here is the gist of it for people who are in a hurry:

To do more of something, remove friction.
To do less of something, add friction

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Time management for college students

Students are some of the busiest. You need to complete assignments, prepare for exams, attend lectures, socialize, pursue hobbies and have fun all at the same time. We believe effective time management can help make the most out of these years.

In this post we will try to lay out a few tips and tricks to help you and other college folks get their life back in control.

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Time management for busy moms

When you are a working mom, the concept of “managing” your time seems to be completely foreign, you might feel like you are the slave of other people’s schedule.

It doesn’t have to be so, in this post we will try to lay out a few tips to help you getting back some control. (more…)

From time management to energy management

Success does not come easy. At times an individual cannot figure out reasons for lack of success even after allocating sufficient time for his work. There is one missing ingredient to the mix and that is: Full potential.

It’s hard to figure out how the work translates into concentration and focus complications. Any lack of attention can affect your work in the long run. Constant hours at the office can take a toll on your mental as well as physical well- being. Unless your body and mind are not happy, you cannot be a 100% productive at work or any instance in life.

Employees who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, were 15 percent more likely to have higher job performance.” – (Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com)

Here are 6 ways to manage your energy and reach highest potential from yourself. (more…)

5 ways to be effective, rather than just being productive

What does it mean to be effective rather than productive. Productive minded people tend get things done, regardless of how difficult things are. Tasks are just a checkbox in a list. Effective people look at the outcome, the long term impact and consciously pick tasks that yield the biggest results. Effective people understand prioritization and importance of tasks.  

The highest-performing 10% of workers tend to work for 52 minutes followed by a 17-minute break. (more…)

6 ways to improve brain performance

Studies have shown that brain function is fueled by physical exercise and goes a long way in development, boosting function and longevity to avoid diseases and old age onset syndromes.

Making time and effort to keep a healthy brain leads to a happier and productive life. Here are some effective ways to increase brain health and memory. (more…)

Foods to boost your energy levels

Motivation, drive, planning, management – These are all important factors towards achieving your goals. Or are they? There is one essential point that everyone overlooks in order to achieve what you want: Health. Health is a combination of exercise and diet. For better mood and energy, you have to keep your blood sugar levels in check and get those feel good chemicals. Here are foods that boost energy and keep you on your toes. (more…)

How to increase concentration at work

Distractions at work can severely damage your productivity and work-life balance. Many people get more easily distracted in comparison to others. Staying focused at work can be a challenge for them, even when they are completely committed to it. Slacking off at work is detrimental in more ways than one. Everything seems to fall apart.

Here are some ways on how to increase concentration at work (more…)

New Google Chrome extension: Inbox Zero Progress Bar for Gmail

We have developed a small extension for Gmail that does only one thing: it shows a progress bar that reaches 100% when you have zero email in your inbox. It is a little gamification trick to encourage you to make progress in processing your inbox. Good luck! (Check out the extension here)

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