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Claudia Dominoni

English 5
Mindfulness
“paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the
present moment, and nonjudgmentally”
(Jonn Kabat Zinn, 2005)

"Our mental health and well-being are profoundly affected by


where and how we place our attention“
(Richard Burnett)

47% of a person’s day


can be spent lost in
thought
Mindfulness
Involves:
1. Present - focusing “here and
now”)
2. Focused consiouness to internal
(thoughts, feelings, bodily
sensations) and external (sights,
sounds, smells, and events)
phenomena
3. Paying attention to stimuli in an
open and accepting way,
without imposing judgments,
memories, or other self-relevant
cognitive manipulations
Mindfulness at work
 40% of workers report that their jobs are “very or
extremely stressful”
 26% of workers say that they are “often or very often
stressed at work” (NIOSH, 1999).
 Reducing stress => organizational effectiveness.
Mindfulness at work
 It is estimated that workplace stress costs American
business $300 billion/ year
 These costs come in the form of increased health
care costs, increased absences and decreased
productivity and performance
Mindfulness at work
• Opposite of multitasking
• Focus and awareness to everything you do from the moment you
enter the office
• Focus on the task at hand and recognize and release internal and
external distractions as they arise.

( In life)
decrease stress, increase mental and physical health and cognitive
functioning,

( At work)
improve performance and well-being,.increase effectiveness, decrease
mistakes, enhance creativity.
Mindfulness at work
 How do we become more mindful in the context of a
busy work day?
Mindfulness at work
1. Be Consciously Present
 Pause for a few moments before you start your work day
 Be present as best you can
 work more consciously, even if that means that you need
to work a little slower at first—doing so pays in the long run.
 Connect with your senses rather than getting lost in
thought when you’re doing a task.
Mindfulness at work
2. Be a Single-Tasker
 Multitasking is ineffective : lose data in the process.
 Do a group tasks in categories and fix a time for each
one.
 Switch off as many distractions as you can. Silence your
phone, log off from your email account, and so on.
 Practice mindfulness in your breaks between tasks.
Stretch, take deep breaths, or go for a mindful walk.
Mindfulness at work
3. Use Mindful Reminders

 Setting an alarm on the phone


 A small note or picture on your desk to remind you .
Mindfulness at work
4. Slow Down To Speed Up
 Sleep at least seven hours every night.
 Quality vs. Quantity
 Being in a panicky rush leads to bad decisions
and is a misuse of energy.
 Pause, focus on listening, stroll rather than run, and
generally take your time when at work.
 Effective leaders, workers, and entrepreneurs slow down
and reflect to make the best decisions and actions—
they slow down to speed up.
Mindfulness at work
5. Feel gratitude
 No negativity
 Feed your mind with thoughts of gratitude to raise your well-
being
Mindfulness at work
6. Cultivate Humility

 Most people enjoy the company of those who are


willing to listen to them rather than talk about
themselves all the time.
 Consider who has helped you right now
 Show appreciation: When someone helps you out, in
whatever way, show appreciation.
 Value other people’s opinions: Stop and consider the
others points of view even if they are different from your.
This is true mindfulness in action—non-judgemental
awareness together with curiosity and respect.
Mindfulness at work
6. Cultivate Humility
 Egg. A good leader work hard, but not for themselves or the
company. If things went wrong, they didn’t seek to blame
other to protect themselves. And if things went well, they
immediately looked outside of themselves to congratulate
others. They didn’t have an inflated ego.
Mindfulness at work
6. Cultivate Humility
Mindfulness at work
7. Accept What You Can’t Change
Mindfulness at work
8. Adopt a Growth Mindset
 People with a growth mindset believe that they can
improve their intelligence and talents with effort.
People with this mindset have a love of learning and
demonstrate greater resilience.
Mindfulness at work
8. Adopt a Growth Mindset
 Listen to the voice of a fixed mindset in your head and
Question the attitudes: Notice if the thoughts are
telling you that you don’t have the talent, the
intelligence or if you find yourself reacting with anxiety
or anger when someone offers feedback to you.
 Notice that you have a choice: You can accept those
fixed mindset thoughts or question them. Take a few
moments to practice a mindful pause
Conclusion
 Mindfulness can decrease stress, increase mental and
physical health and cognitive functioning, and
improve performance and well-being.
 As a result, a number of organizations have started to
implement mindfulness programs for their employees.
References
 Videos
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN4qPxkbBkI
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5dvIqWVSAc
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbz42tiVaO8
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqM7UTYcVT8&t=80s
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mlk6xD_xAQ
References
 Texts
 Glomb, T. M.;Duffy, M.K.; Bono, J. E.; Yang, T. (2011);
Mindfulness at work .
 Hyland, P. k.; Lee, A. R.; Mills, M. J. ; Mindfulness at Work:
A New Approach to Improving Individual and
Organizational Performance
 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/technology/google
-course-asks-employees-to-take-a-deep-
breath.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0
 https://www.mindful.org/10-ways-mindful-work/
Exercise
1. To be mindful at work means to be _____________
(adv. conscious) present in what you’re doing, while
you’re doing it, as well as _____________(manage)
your mental and emotional state. If you are writing a
report, mindfulness _____________ (require) you to
give that your full attention.
2. In recent years, researchers _____________ (start)
exploring the workplace benefits of mindfulness,
finding that mindfulness may improve everything
from social relationships, resiliency, and task
performance to task commitment, enjoyment, and
memory.
Exercise
1. To be mindful at work means to be consciously
present in what you’re doing, while you’re doing it, as
well as managing your mental and emotional state.
If you are writing a report, mindfulness requires
you to give that your full attention
2. In recent years, researchers have started exploring
the workplace benefits of mindfulness, finding that
mindfulness may improve everything from social
relationships, resiliency, and task performance to
task commitment, enjoyment, and memory .
Exercise
3. Companies including Aetna, General Mills and
Google _____________ (establish) mindfulness
training programs in order to enhance employee
well-being and _____________ (n. effective).

4. Based on the few studies that ___________(conduct),


there is good reason to believe that mindful
employees are more _____________ (adj. engage),
_____________ (adj. productivity) and
_____________effective (adj. effect).
Exercise
1. Companies including Aetna ,General Mills and
Google have established mindfulness training
programs in order to enhance employee well-being
and effectiveness.

2. Based on the few studies that have been conducted,


there is good reason to believe that mindful
employees are more engaged, productive, and
effective.
Claudia Dominoni

English 6
Introduction
 the chief characteristic of the modern era is SPEED

It makes us work /live


without focus and
be a multitasker
Introduction
 How many times a week does an engineer work at
full capacity on a challenging project going from
one task to another?
Introduction
 Time vs. Innovation
 Most organizational cultures are focused on rewarding
the cost effective and fast paced turn-around.
 But often, companies tend to be caught up in solving
such issues using their business-as-usual approach
instead of coming up with a creative solution.

workers
Introduction
 Think about how gratifying it would be to
have time…
 To focus in the problem
 To recharge the ideas
.
 To start the next project with a fresh outlook
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
( life)

Improve well-being:
decrease stress and anxiety, increase mental and physical health and
cognitive functioning

( work)

Improve performance, focus and clarity:


increase effectiveness
decrease mistakes and delays
enhance creativity
Mindfulness
 Be mindful
Engineering Creative/
Innovative

Clear Effective

Have
Comunication
skills/ Engaged
Mindfulness for engineers
 Allows innovation and creativity (important for
engineers)
 Think with the right mindset
 Open to new ways of thinking
 Develop the creative and curious part of our brain
 Be present in the moment
Engineering Creative/
Innovative

Clear and
Effective
solver

Have
Comunication
skills/ Engaged
Mindfulness for engineers
 Allows to work more effectively (solve problems more
intuitively)
Mindfulness for engineers
 Allows to work more effectively (solve problems faster
and more intuitively)
 Look for creativity
 Focus on what need be done
 Use quality
Engineering Creative/
Innovative

Clear and
Effective
solver

Have
Comunication
skills/ Engaged
Mindfulness for engineers
 Increased ability to communicate to
others
 Working as a team
 Considering the opinions of other
professionals;
 Listening the client expectation
 A project involves many professionals
from different areas (other areas of
engineering, architecture, geology, ..)
so it is important that the exchange of
information be well done for the
compatibility of projects
Engineering Creative/
Innovative

Clear and
Effective
good solver

Have
Comunication
skills/ Engaged
Mindfulness for engineers
 Allows to think the best way with focus to make a good
decision or solve a problem using:

 Sensing
 Intuition

 Thinking

 Feeling
Mindfulness for engineers
Mindfulness for engineers
Mindfulness for engineers
Conclusion
 “Simple mindfulness practices can open your
engineers’ mind to a healthier, happier, more
connected and innovative state of mind which will
benefit the organisation as a whole”
 Some practises:
• Do mediation sessions, yoga
classes, relaxing activities, and
other methods.

• Pause for a few moments and feel


your breath
Conclusion
 Mindfulness gives :
 opportunity to give their full attention to a project
 permission to think better (using sensing, intuition,
thinking and feeling)
 Capacity to deal and to get a good solution to the big
problems (Do the right thing!)
 Work with quality
 Increase the creativity and the engagement
 Work better as a team
 Become better leaders
Conclusion

 All of these contribute to helping engineers work more


effectively in a “fast-paced environment” that prides
itself on precision and innovation.
Thanks !
 Texts
References
 MINDFULNESS PRACTICE, CREATIVITY & INNOVATION
http://mindfulenhance.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Mindfulness-
creativity-and-innovation.pdf
 Mindfulness for Creativity: Adapt, create and thrive in a frantic world
https://books.google.com.br/books?id=ylTXBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT31&lpg=PT31&dq=
sensing+thinking+mindfulness+engineers&source=bl&ots=Q_5WXt3LrZ&sig=Gh
sSRCJTyhK6U5ShHnLU5ApwNHM&hl=pt-
BR&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwid7OSI86jXAhWHnJAKHbImC-
UQ6AEIODAC#v=onepage&q=sensing%20thinking%20mindfulness%20engineer
s&f=false
 How can mindfulness boost creativity and innovation?
https://www.robertwalters.com.au/hiring/hiring-advice/how-can-mindfulness-
boost-creativity-and-innovation.html
 WHY ENGINEERS SHOULD INVEST MORE IN MINDFULNESS
https://iconnectengineers.com/blog/why-engineers-should-invest-more-in-
mindfulness/
 Effectiveness vs. Efficiency: Picking A Productivity Mindset That Boosts
Your Results
https://engineeringcareercoach.com/effectiveness-vs-efficiency-picking-a-
productivity-mindset-that-boosts-your-results/
 http://mindfulyourownbusiness.com/2943-2/
 Dr. Richard Reoch : http://richardreoch.info/mindful-leadership-resources/
References
 Vídeos
 Using Mindfulness to Increase Performance and
Effectiveness

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYaPRvfj5xk

 Transforming Work through Mindfulness Practice with


Dr. William Brendel
Exercise
1. Many engineers _____________ (v. find) that they can
deal with problems more _____________ (adv. effective)
by _____________ (v. recharge) and _____________ (v.
calm) the body and mind.
2. Other benefits of _____________ (v. be + adj.
mindfulness) include increased creativity and
engagement.
3. Gartner (2013) in discussing the relationship between
mindfulness and readiness for change suggests that
mindful individuals ______ (be) better prepared to cope
with complex and conflicting issues.
Exercise
 By recharging and calming the body and mind, many
engineers have found they can deal with problems
more effectively.
 Other benefits of being mindful include increased
creativity and engagement.
 Gartner (2013) in discussing the relationship between
mindfulness and readiness for change suggests that
mindful individuals are better prepared to cope with
complex and conflicting issues
Exercise
 Secondly it (mindfulness) develops our _____________
thought and our _____________ thought to
_____________ business tools in our very _____________
and comples business environment.
Exercise
 Secondly it (mindfulness) develops our _creative_
thought and our intuitive thought to essential business
tools in our very uncertain and complex business
environment.