Improve Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness

There are several factors that affect your performance at work including relationships with colleagues, customers and suppliers, your overall well being, how you respond to criticism, your general communication skills, your ability to lead others and how you respond to stress. These are just a few but by improving these through mindfulness will almost definitely lead to improvements in your performance at work.

Mindfulness helps you develop compassion, self awareness and emotional regulation. By improving these traits it will help you develop a better understanding of yourself and those around you which is fundamental to building and maintaining relationships whether at work or in life generally. Someone who has these traits and can cultivate relationships in a caring and understanding manner is an asset to any team.

By practicing mindfulness on a regular basis you will likely improve your general well being which usually comes with several performance enhancing attributes. With a better general well being you are likely to be more confident and more sure in your own abilities and offer yourself less doubt. You are also likely to understand where your current limitations extend  enabling you to know when you should ask for assistance or advice.

You are also likely to just be generally calmer helping you deal with comments and criticisms of others with a more constructive approach. Mindfulness helps you to be less judgmental of others which will help you to understand whether criticism is valid or whether it should be dismissed.

A key element to mindfulness is to listen to yourself whether that be emotionally, physically or psychologically. Using this skill when listening to others along with just listening more will help build relationships with colleagues, customers and suppliers. It will also help you learn more and what you learn could be fundamental to completion of a task in a quicker or improved manner. Taking a bit more time to listen to what others in the workplace have to say could lead to massive improvements in your performance.

If you are a manager or leader of others in the workplace they are more likely to respond and perform if you are calm, decisive and self regulated. By improving your own performance at work you can also improve the performance or others around or beneath you just by association. Often performance is a team effort and how you behave and act can have a direct impact on others and that also has a knock on effect to the team’s overall performance too.

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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