Improve Decision Making At Work With Mindfulness

We all have to make some form of decisions at work. The higher you are in an organisation the wider the potential implications of the decisions you make. Sometimes we do not fully appreciate the full implications of our decision making at work until something goes wrong. By becoming more thoughtful about the decisions you take at work you can increase your confidence and the confidence of others in your decision making, which can only help your career.

As most of us know the difference between right and wrong, we know what is expected of us as an employee and what the main goals of the business are. We should be able to make our decisions that support all of these criteria. However, sometimes it’s not always clear which decision best serves us, our role and/or the business. Sometimes there may be perceived conflicts or the decision that needs to be taken may make us feel uncomfortable.

Mindfulness teaches us to be present and to have an openness to whatever we feel about a particular decision. It teaches us to view how we feel with compassion, empathy and curiosity so you can consider, how each decision will affect how you feel and how it may affect others or the business overall. By being more aware and attentive to decisions before you make them, you should be able to make decisions without allowing your ego and self judgement to influence and in the best interests of you, your role and business.

While you are using mindfulness to make a more considered approach to decisions you should notice that there are less mistakes compared to knee jerk reaction based decisions. You should also find that decisions are a lot less emotionally based making them more likely to be correct.

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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