One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Researchers have found that the accelerated pace of modern office life is taking its toll on productivity, employee engagement, creativity and wellbeing. Faced with a relentless flood of information and distractions, our brains try to process everything at once, increasing our stress, decreasing our effectiveness and negatively impacting our performance. Ironically, we have become too overworked, unfocused and busy to stop and ask ourselves the most important question: what can we do to break the cycle of being constantly under pressure, always-on, overloaded with information and in environments filled with distractions? Do we need to accept this as the new workplace reality and continue to survive rather than thrive in modern day work environments? Thankfully, the answer is no.
Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts demonstrate that it is possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant pressures and distraction. All it takes is one second. They propose that we need to learn to work differently so we are more focused, calm and have less clutter in our mind so we can better manage our time and attention. What if we could hit the 'pause' button on our day, step back and meet challenges with a sense of clarity and purpose? And what if there was a way not just of 'getting things done', but ensuring that what does get done are the right things to do?
Based on a program in corporate mindfulness designed by Hougaard and the partners of The Potential Project, One Second Ahead provides practical tools and techniques as well as real-world examples and lessons from organisations that have implemented mindfulness on a large scale. Thoroughly tested in a diverse range of industries, this program has resulted in measurable increases in productivity, effectiveness and job satisfaction. With the new mindset proposed in One Second Ahead, listeners will be able to put an end to ineffective multitasking, unproductive meetings, poor communication and other unhealthy workplace behaviours by applying mindfulness to every day work life.
All too often, we think that being mindful requires engaging in a special activity like meditation or yoga. Sure, these activities are beneficial and important to train the mind, but there are many simple things we can do to be mindful all day long. One Second Ahead is a handbook for more mindful work that offers:
- Practical, easy to apply, tools and techniques to enhance performance and effectiveness in day-to-day work activities such as meetings, emails, communication, planning, creativity and more.
- Real-world stories of how mindfulness changed the workdays of leaders and front line employees.
- Tips for cultivating mental strategies and routines that can reduce clutter, increase focus and rewire your brain to enhance presence, patience, kindness and other valuable mind states.
- Simple yet detailed step-by-step instructions for a more systematic approach to mindfulness training to enhance focus and awareness.
- Guidelines for a 10-minute-per-day mindfulness program that can reshape your life both at work and at home.
One Second Ahead can transform daily work life by helping individuals and teams realise more of their potential through greater focus and awareness. The tools and techniques in this book can transform individual and organisational performance one mind at a time.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 25 minutes|
|Author||Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter, Gillian Coutts|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 09 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #47,331 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#76 in Office Management
#122 in Creativity (Audible Books & Originals)
#177 in Occupational & Organizational Phychology (Books)
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"Thankfully, the answer is no. It is actually possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant interruptions through the practice of mindfulness. Simply put, at its introductory level, mindfulness means trained attention. Based on thousands of practice, mindfulness techniques enable people to manage their attention, improve their awareness, and sharpen their focus and clarity."
In essence, here's the challenge and (yes) the opportunity: bridge mindfulness and every day tasks at work. Whatever the tasks, there is a process to their completion. This is what Mihály Csíkszentmihályi has in mind when explaining what he calls "flow," a state in which one is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Athletes call it "the zone." Tiger Woods sinks every putt, Michael Jordan makes every shot, Nadia Elena Com'neci is awarded a score of "10" on every gymnastic exercise in Olympic competition. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning.
However, experiencing flow or being in a zone does not last forever whereas what Hougaard is talking about can be sustained. Mindfulness is highly developed awareness. He introduces 16 techniques, eight mental strategies, and several foundational practices that will guide and inform as well as nourish that development. I view the mind as being what the brain does so I think of mindfulness as a muscle that requires constant and rigorous exercise.
These are among the several dozen passages of greatest interest and value to me in Part I, also listed to suggest the scope of Hougaard's coverage:
o Welcome to the Attention Economy (Pages 6-9)
o The Well-Trained Mind (9-12)
o The Foundation of Mindfulness, and, Two Rules of Mental Effectiveness (12-15)
o Seven Guidelines to Overcoming E-mail Addiction (19-26)
o Mindful Meetings (26-31)
o Action Addiction (41-46)
o Mindful Planning in the Present (47-49)
o Empathy and External Awareness (56-58)
o Two Sides to Effective communication (58-61)
o What Stops Us from Thinking Creatively? (63-65)
o Activating the Subconscious, and, Creativity in the Matrix (65-69)
o Understanding Resistance, and, Embracing Resistance (72-74)
o Optimizing the Change Management Process (74-76)
o Four Mindful Ways to Conserve Mental Energy (81)
o Three "Simple" Guidelines to Sleeping Better (86-89)
o Eating and Energy (93-97)
o Mindful Performance Breaks (103-105)
o The "How" of Mindful Commuting (108-109)
o Maintaining Emotional Balance (113-115)
o Understanding Work-Life Imbalance, and, Managing Imbalance (117-120)
o Work-Life Balance Strategies (121-122)
As I re-read this book prior to getting to work on this brief commentary, I was again reminded of how important it is to be mindful about mindfulness. The process of development to which I referred earlier must be taken seriously. In fact, mindfulness is itself an on-going process, not a destination. Hence the importance of the 16 techniques, eight mental strategies, and several foundational practices that will guide and inform as well as nourish the development of a source of joy and a sense of purpose as well as serenity and even fulfillment.
This is what Rasmus Hougaard has in mind when sharing these concluding thoughts: 'Mindfulness is within you ' if only you invite it. And if on your mindfulness journey, you have a story ton share, please let me know. Perhaps your story, like many in this book, will serve to inspire and motivate others on their mindfulness journey." He wishes each reader "all the best,' as do I.
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It a beautifully written and easy to read well presented book, divided into three sections, which make it easy to dip in and out of. The first section focuses on practical techniques for the workplace, the second section details strategies to develop better thought patterns, and the final section, details two mindfulness training practices for sharp focus and open awareness, which are great for both in and out of the office.
The practical and cleverly developed tools and techniques can not only lead to greater work life success through increased clarity, focus, enhanced performance and efficiency, but also make you a happier, more relaxed, more confident person, who feels more in control of your life. One Second Ahead allows you to incorporate Mindfulness seamlessly into your work life and has the potential to make you a better person and the world a better place.