4 Simple Changes to Reap the Benefits of Focused Awareness at Work
Keeping your team aware of the present and focused on the intention will help them be more productive, happier, and less stressed.
You probably are tired of hearing about mindfulness and all the magical claims that are presented and rightly so. But the practice of training the mind is not just about mindfulness but needs the essential component of focus. When we put mindfulness into focus we can actually apply it to all aspects of life, including the workplace.
Focused Awareness is the practice of mindfulness with the essential component of focus in order to bring the mind and body complex into perfect balance. In the office, it translates to fewer distractions and more focus leading to a sustainable resilience. This leads to a happier and more efficient workplace.
Unfortunately, the idea of increasing productivity while slowing down seems counterintuitive for most leaders. But once you learn the practice, it transfers to your company culture, and the entire community reap the benefits.
1. Make the concept practical and real.
Practical strategies are essential to a productive work environment. No one wants to be sitting like a pretzel pretending to be a bonafide monk. The focused awareness training keeps to the purpose, to train the mind using evidence based science and puts the concept into a systematic secular training. Understanding that the mind and body are one entity and that the energetic quality of the mind is the essence of life, participants are able to digest the concept and see the practical strategy.
2. Check in at the hour.
A key tenant of mind training is taking time to refocus. Whether it’s through meditation, exercise, or listening to music, these breaks allow the mind time to reset to the present. Unfortunately, busy work days allow little time for this, but with proper training, it can become natural.
“I encourage leaders to incorporate small breaks throughout the day to rewire and reboot their nervous system”. With a simple check in clients have reduced tension creating habits and stress strengthening resilience within 10 days of learning the technique.
3. Create a space.
Create space for energy of the mind to flow. For the practice to be effective, individuals — and organizations — need to find and learn meditation in a systematic way that works for them.
As a leader, it’s your job to provide your team with a place to meditate. “Companies can turn an unused room into a quiet place to give their teams a dedicated space for their mental wellbeing.”
Create a space that reflects balance and focus with elements that are reflected in nature. For example, a waterfall, plants, or even pictures of natural settings. Being in nature is medicinal for the mind.
4. Remain Calm.
Disagreements, confusion, and tensions interfere with attention. Redirect focus by first recognizing that the mind has drifted, and then refocus and reboot the brain networks. Remaining Calm is twofold, one is to be aware of the habits that drain the minds energy namely, stress and then restore the energy of the mind. This two fold process builds conscious leadership and resilience.
Even if your company doesn’t have a traditional office, you have options. Employees work remotely. We have held organizational virtual meditation zones for people to tap into on a break. We suggest that companies set aside two 15-minute blocks every day for wellness. Remain Calm is our motto- consciously aware living in the moment… it’s about taking time to reboot their brain. Join our Focused Awareness Master class if you want the privacy and convenience of learning in your own time and space.