Mindfulness Theories: Finding the Balance

March 1, 2013 by Carlos Schäfer leave a comment

Organizations the world over agree that one of the biggest drains on productivity at work is employees surfing the web for personal use. Many people use the Internet at the office for checking personal emails, posting on Facebook and other social media, doing online shopping, etc. So much so that many organizations have rules to deter employees from surfing and in many workplaces there’s software in place to block websites that are not work related. However, this might not be beneficial at all, according to a new research.

Alessandro Bucciol and his fellow researchers Daniel Houser and Marco Piovesan conducted an experiment at that Laboratory for Experimental Economics (LEE) of the University of Copenhagen to show that using willpower to delay gratification can negatively impact performance. Their experiment shows that resisting the tempting distractions at work takes so much willpower that productivity actually decreases.

Now, we have all along been advocating mindfulness at the workplace and elsewhere, and we stand by our argument. We firmly believe that we can all train ourselves to resist temptations. It won’t be easy, and yes, initially it will take quite a bit of willpower to overcome distractions. However, mindfulness training can help us all to be more productive. Kick-starting your day with mindfulness practices, such as putting off browsing the internet, checking social sites, or reading personal emails until some of the more important work has been completed, puts your mind in a “work mode.” Consequently, you will be able to concentrate on your work more, be more efficient and creative, and you will soon see that you are finishing up work quickly. Isn’t that what we all want – to finish up work soon to go home and spend time with our loved ones or to have more leisure for other pursuits? So, it is up to you to turn to mindfulness methods to find the balance between work and the urge to resist temptation.

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