Putting Mindfulness to Work

Mindfulness helps identify unworkable habits and reactions, enabling you to choose a response path that aligns with the person you want to be

As workplace demands increase we can easily become overwhelmed and feel we are simply not making progress on the things that matter to us most.

Researchers studied what they termed the growing hyper-kinetic environment that delivers demand after demand resulting in an increasing tendency to jump from one priority to the next without ever feeling in control.

Their conclusions of an attention deficit trait explained how over time reactions to multiple demands can become hard wired in such a way that it can become ‘normal’ to manage tasks without truly focusing on completing one before moving onto the next.

This simply means that whilst our environment is providing us with challenge after challenge, our method of handling this descends into a grab bag of habits that means we are simply operating without purpose, intent or any sense of engagement in what we are doing.

Our ability to control our environment and the behaviours of others is somewhat limited. However, what is controllable is how we create and maintain a frenetic response style, which simply means we stumble from event to event, having an ever reduced impact.

Mindfulness helps you notice unworkable habits and reactions, enabling you to choose a response path that enhances focus, decreases stress and allows you to respond as the person you want to be.


Graeme Bye is an organisational psychologist with a background in corporate organisations in HR and Leadership Development.

He coaches individuals and teams and includes mindfulness practices and techniques to improve effectiveness, manage stress and achieve focus.