8 February 2021
2 minute read
3 Mindful ways to design your workday in order to get shit done in the workspace...
We’ve all been told that we should do more yoga, learn this or that breathing exercise, to wake up early, or to meditate. I know what you’re thinking: this is another one of those idealistic spiritual blogs, designed to guilt trip you into drinking green tea and staring at trees instead of your laptop...
But the truth is, working hard and ‘getting shit done’ is also holy! In today’s modern world, where technology and our constantly evolving webspace is changing more rapidly than any human mind could ever fathom, being productive and focused at work is as profound as ever. Mindfulness in the workspace, equally, needn’t be a bore, or require new spiritual beliefs, white robes or a stone Buddha in every corner of the room. It’s much more simple and ‘ordinary’ than that, which is exactly why every Coworking day can entail a little bit of mindfulness every step of the way…
With a Common Grounds membership, you can choose a workspace that most reflects your needs and purpose for the day; an essential starting point for anyone looking to be ‘at their best’ once in work mode. So whether you feel like some social ‘buzz’, or the silent room next door to a spacious city park, sofas and beanbags or tables and office chairs, Common Grounds is guaranteed to have an option that fits your mood.
So, now we’ve arrived, let’s look at 3 mindful strategies to consider for your workday ahead:
1. The To-Do List
This is as basic and ‘old-school’ as it gets. That being said, it’s remarkable how easy it is to forget, when the Macbook’s open and the Iphone’s buzzing. Before you do ANYTHING, prepare a simple list of work-related tasks. Highlight the most important, or ‘priority’, tasks so you know where to start. Take a few minutes to check in with yourself once you think it’s complete. Then and only then can you enter the matrix with calmness and clarity.
Using a paper and pen is also highly recommended for this, especially if your work is tech-based. Separating your ‘mindful’ materials from your ‘work’ ones is crucial!
2. Taking Breaks
I warned you this would be basic and Buddha-free, didn’t I? The art of taking breaks lies in both ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’. Five minutes every hour will do more for your state of mind than one thirty-minute break for example. Equally, removing yourself from the workstation is as important as the Time itself. Fresh air and a change of scenery does wonders for both body and mind, just as communicating with a human being, instead of only your laptop, will further help rejuvenate your spirits.
Don’t be afraid to get innovative with your coworking schedule and try something new each week. After all, there is no RIGHT way to work, but being (co)creative with your breaks will make work feel much more like play.
3. Feel Your Body
Coworking is a creative, interactive and intellectually stimulating pursuit, no doubt. But working the body is just as important as the mind. That is, if you wish to remain emotionally balanced and energetic throughout the day. ‘Feeling’ the body needn’t be a tiring and sweaty 6 rounds of boxing at the local gym (though that might sometimes do the trick!). Regular bouts of stretching, taking walks outside, or quick visits to the nearby public gym, can do more for your efficiency and work output long term than you could ever imagine.
As that great saying goes: “don’t overestimate what you can do in a day, don’t underestimate what you can do in a year”. If you look after your body, over time it will keep looking after you. Simple.
At Common Grounds, the impressive variety of Coworking spaces will allow you ample opportunities to practice and experiment with these simple time management strategies and more. You decide how, where and when you would like to work, today and beyond!
Sign up for a free trial, try out a new workspace and enjoy the benefits of a more mindful and collaborative work experience today...