How does practicing mindfulness affect productivity at work?

Building Focus 

Have you ever noticed that you find yourself unable to focus when you are trying to read, which means you read the same sentence or paragraph repeatedly?

This generally happens when your mind is cluttered with other thoughts and distractions you are experiencing.

Being mindful helps build that awareness of the present needed to make you more focused on the task at hand. This includes reading or working on that presentation.


You cannot possibly expect to fill a glass full of water with more water. To do that, you will first need to empty the glass. It is the same with the mind. If the mind is full of thoughts and processes, anxieties, and stress, the possibility of learning and/ or absorbing any further information is next to impossible.

With focused awareness and being in the present, we train our minds to be open to information flow because we don’t allow thoughts and ideas to sit and grow moss. A thought occurs, is engaged with, addressed, and then let go of.

So the next time there is a meeting, you might find yourself more engaged than you ever have been.

Openness to learning

2020 has brought multiple challenges; one of the clear KRAs in the corporate sector is adapting to the changing situation. the more open we are to learning and exposing ourselves to different ways of doing things, the more open we are to learning and exposing ourselves to different ways of doing things more confidence we build in ourselves. We learn to expand our minds and increase the possibilities of our own capabilities.

We train our brains to listen to us instead of it being the other way around. Adaptability is the key aspect of the human race that has brought us from the stone ages to today. Learning, growing, and adapting is the change that is needed. And change is the only constant.

Problem Solving

The difference between leaders and followers is the capacity to solve problems. A follower is like a sheep who need “how-tos” and instructions on making things happen. On the other hand, a leader is the kind of person who is consistently aware of the environment and situations. They can learn and adapt quickly, making them the go-to person in the case of a crisis.

They are the problem-solvers simply because they can focus on the problems and possible solutions with a clear mind. Not everyone has the ability to stay calm and clear-headed in the event of a crisis. This is also a form of Mindfulness, to be aware and able to keep a clear head in the face of adversity.

Alternative Thinking

The people we call the trail-blazers are the ones who can think out-of-the-box. They don’t consider only tried and tested methods. They are open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Every person in the business world we admire has a spark about them, whether it’s a new invention, a new idea, a new campaign. These are people who have the capability and mindset to think apart.

Mindfulness is simply the art and science of focusing on what we want to achieve in the present moment and awareness of what is going on around us. Engaging with the thought, idea, or concept and focusing diligently to complete it.

The human mind is created with this capacity. Still, sometimes the distractions are too overwhelming for the brain to process, and that is what interferes with positive change and evolution.  An upset in any space of our lives, work, family, friends, or even ourselves, can lead to an upset in all aspects because the mind is in a state of disarray or turmoil.

I would like to hear what you think about this, and if you agree, do share your thoughts. Let us create some mindful conversations.

Author: Monisha Mitra

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