THE DAY IS SHORT ENOUGH – WHERE ELSE SHOULD YOU HAVE ROOM FOR MINDFULNESS?
MINDFULNESS IS NOT AN ADD-ON!
One of the most frequent questions when it comes to mindful leadership or the introduction of mindfulness into the company organization is: “When should that be done? Days are short! Where should there still be space for mindfulness?! ”This also exposes the most common mistake: It’s not about freeing up extra time for employees and managers in their everyday work, nor setting up extra rooms or establishing extra routines. On the contrary, it is about exercising mindfulness in all running routines. In the place where we are, right now. Making mindfulness an accompanying routine, not an extra effort. That is why there is no classic break-even calculation to be made. The profit is immediate! When talking on the phone, when reading, in any activity, in every encounter with colleagues, customers and with ourselves.
DIGITIZATION ONLY COMES IN CONNECTION WITH MINDFULNESS!
With the increasing use of digital media, work programs and communication routines, our attention spans are reducing at an alarmingly rapid pace year after year. The pressure we feel comes from the fact that we are forced to react much faster and to absorb much more information per day, per hour, per minute than all generations before us. Today we can perceive measurably and graphically that we and our children can hardly take the time to focus on one thing. We couldn’t get through the day without multitasking many things in parallel: keeping an eye on the outside world, listening to what is being said, reading what is addressed to us, working on a task at the same time – don’t forget to drink – and watch the clock have your thoughts on the next task in the corner of your eye and in advance. If digitization advances – and it undoubtedly will – then we will have to learn which “compensatory movements” of our posture must go hand in hand with this acceleration, so that body, mind and soul can keep pace with change pace and abundance.
ISN’T THAT MIND-OPTIMIZATION FOR EVEN MORE “HIGHER, FASTER, FURTHER”?
A lot can be gained from this objection and in fact mindfulness, just like mental training and its fellows, has not infrequently been misused in history to produce an increase in efficiency. However, there is a world of difference between self-exploitation and adequate adaptability. Accelerated stimulus-response patterns, which can be trained, quickly lead to abuse. But that’s not the point when we talk about mindful change today. Using state-of-the-art science, we come back to the attitudes that we have long encountered in millennia-old traditions: For example, to the conscious interplay between meaningful focus and empathic, open awareness. In complete contrast to the stress-inducing increase in pressure, to inefficient multitasking and frayed, physical presence instead of genuine presence.
Cornelia Morhardt Mindful Change supports companies and organizations in incorporating mindfulness into everyday management, into process design and work routines. Without add-ons, without extras, without additional effort. A real increase in productivity takes place here without any effort. Increased efficiency without a disadvantageous receipt at the end. Intrinsic motivation finally has room to develop and suddenly work makes sense and fun again, even in times of greatest confusion!
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