HOW WE CAN DO MORE IN LESS TIME BY WORKING IN A FOCUSED, MINDFUL WAY
In today’s fast paced digital world we are overwhelmed with constant messages, emails and deadlines. There are too many things vying for our attention at a time. So, how can we ensure that our limited time is utilized in a productive manner ? Here’s are some tips from the world’s leading experts:
1. Just Breathe
This is a simple, free and powerful tool to just return to the present moment and is at the core of any mindfulness practice. Often during the day, we find that we are lost in our thoughts, worries about the future and regrets from the past. However, the only control we have over our life is over the present. We can return to our present instead of being in a state of constant mental absence just by taking a few long, deep breaths and focus on the breath for some time. This can be done anytime during the day.
2. Perform one task at a time
Too many times, we get seduced by the glamour of “multi-tasking”. However, in most cases, it is far more productive and time-efficient to fully commit to one task at a time and complete it to satisfaction. This also reduces the chances for making errors and having to redo the work. Working on a project while taking a call every few minutes, logging into Facebook and eating a sandwich in between is just plain inefficient.
3. Prioritize and evaluate
Before starting work or anytime during the day, it is essential to make a list of things that we plan to achieve for the day. This ensures that we focus on what’s important and don’t lose ourselves in mundane tasks. This can be followed up with a quick evaluation of how much of the day’s plan has been accomplished, sometime around noon or the evening to ensure that there’s scope for correction if needed.
4. Pay attention
Too much time is lost in repletion of instructions or communication gap errors. When we’re in a meeting or speaking to colleagues, it’s important to pay full attention. This ensures that we can clearly understand what is expected from us and make sure that we respond in a meaningful way to what is being said.
5. Take a walk
Staying in the office around the same people and in the same atmosphere for too long can lead to boredom and mental blocks. By taking a walk, in a park or close to nature if possible, refreshes the mind. Not only that, a ten to fifteen minute walk between work is immensely healthy, specially for people who stay seated for long hours during the day.
Note: The team at Zifcare consists of psychologists, yoga teachers and life coaches who prepare this content for the benefit of our users. We stick to basic, simple and actionable advice so that all can benefit from the knowledge and best practices from across the globe to promote mental and physical well-being.