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September 11, 2015

No matter what we do for a living, most of us require complete concentration to do a good job. That is why it is beneficial to practice being mindful at work. Our thoughts become clearer and we can better organize each task.

The core principle of work awareness is knowing that what we do matters. Whether it is brain surgery or washing pans, we tell ourselves daily that we are going to do our best. Of course, it is easy to get side-tracked; but we gently bring our thinking back to what we are doing. With each step of our duties, we are aware of our surroundings and do things purposely and with kindness.

We can find harmony in even the most mundane chores. While it is good to have goals for the end results, we can focus on the moment and what we are doing now. This helps with concentration and makes us more creative and less likely to make mistakes.

It is easy to feel stressed when we have deadlines or when our working atmosphere is less than optimal. These are the times that mindful working are the most important. We realize that we are responsible for ourselves and our own attitude will dictate how we feel about our jobs.

We can improve our attitude by surrounding ourselves with positive things at work. We can hang a pretty picture or put something in our work space that evokes peacefulness in our minds. We also need some downtime during the day to recharge and to be kind to ourselves. Mindful working makes the job more enjoyable. Contact us to find out more ways to be fully aware at work.

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About the author 

Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]