Welcome. Please find a place to sit. What? Yes, yes, anywhere. No, not on the desk. On the floor, near the window. Yes, that window. Okay, fine. Now, is everyone sitting comfortably? Great, then let’s begin.
Visualize your happy place. Are you at the office? Yeah, probably not. And why is that? Because most offices are chaotic, open-spaces with constant and unending distractions — endless meetings, phone calls, texts, and email alerts pull us away the task at hand. And once thrown off track, it can take over 20 minutes for a worker to return to the original task, according to Gloria Mark, a professor at UC, Irvine.
Mindfulness is key to getting real work done.
Without mental focus and attention, you’re not as productive as you could be. Sure, you may be “doing a lot,” but that’s not the same as “being productive.” If you’re making a lot of mistakes or wasting a lot of time and resources, you may be doing more damage than actual work.
The lie of being a “good multi-tasker.”
Even though businesses often encourage, and even reward, workers for multi-tasking, many research studies doubt its value and helpfulness. Ironically, multi-tasking a source of misplaced pride for many workers. (continued…)