Sloane Elizabeth shares her tips for a more mindful and successful day.
We’re all busy, have a lot going on and wish we could get everything done faster and more efficiently so we have time to rest (or, for some people, add something new to the to-do list)! Whether you’re working in a dorm room, at home or in an office, staying mindful and present with your work is important for your success and well-being.
There are plenty of distractions in any given moment—social media pings, the next thing on your to-do list, noisy people, the news and more, so we need to be equipped with the necessary tools to have the most productive work experience possible.
Being mindful while you work means being present for the task at hand and getting “in the flow” with focus and energy. If you’re looking for ways to increase your productivity and mindfulness while working from home, your dorm room or an office, try these actionable steps that you can implement today!
- Set your intentions for the work at hand. Before you begin your work, lay out a plan for what you’d like to accomplish. You may prefer to use a planner, a physical calendar, a to-do list or an electronic calendar to list your ideas and tasks. After you’ve laid out your tasks, you can set your intention for how you want your work session to go (such as, what to accomplish first, your energy for the day and who you’d like to connect with). Doing this at the very beginning of your work will be key to setting yourself up for success and focus in the hours to come.
- Change the scenery often. Working or studying in the same location for hours on end will inevitably lead to boredom, feeling stuck and exhaustion—all things that are inhibiting your mindfulness! A change in scenery can do wonders for your energy and focus. Choose a new work location every couple of hours, go for a short walk in between tasks or simply change chairs or tables if you’d like to stay in the same space. This movement will bring some new energy to your work to prevent burnout and boredom.
- Take care of your physical body. Too often, we find ourselves pushing our limits in order to get work done. We sleep less, caffeinate more and take on a heap of new work in order to get ahead or stay ahead. But an exhausted body will not be able to carry you through a day of work or study as well as a vibrant, energized and healthy one will! Prioritize your body for optimal health by keeping water on your desk, eating whole and balanced Mindful Meals throughout the day, wearing blue light glasses, getting a laptop stand to improve your posture, taking walks and practicing deep breathing every hour.
- Dress to impress. The way that you “show up” has a big impact on the energy that you bring to your to-do list. Although it may be fun and easy to wear sweatpants and slippers while working from the comfort of your home, you may not feel quite as productive and focused as you would if you were dressed in an outfit that made you feel confident and powerful. Try wearing clothes that make you feel good, no matter where you’re working! If you love jewelry, make sure you put it on! If you love a certain belt, wear it and feel confident! If you’re all about floral scarves, toss one around your neck! While it’s nice and relaxing to be able to work in your PJs all day, make sure you’re prioritizing your needs and checking on your focus and energy to determine what will work best for you.
- Stay flexible. Self-judgment and disappointment are two of the easiest ways to start feeling overwhelmed with work. When you have a list of tasks, it can be all too easy to set super-high expectations about how much you can accomplish in a certain period of time. If you aren’t as focused and productive in a day as you’d like to be, figure out what happened, forgive yourself and move on! When you can approach a situation with curiosity and compassion for yourself instead of with judgment and failure, you can learn how to improve your experience the next time. Be flexible, be gentle with yourself and allow your energy, focus and mindfulness to ebb and flow. Remember, you’re not a robot or a machine! You’re meant to take breaks and have fun, so make sure to include those restful activities in your days, too!
I hope these five tips help to set you up for super successful and productive workdays ahead. Which of the tips are you going to implement TODAY? Connect with us in the comments or on social media and let us know your results!