How does mindfulness help break the myth of multitasking?

The potential benefits of mindfulness in terms of stress-reduction are well reported, but increasingly the other potential benefits, including improved engagement, enhanced relationships, productivity, focus and concentration are gaining attention, particularly in the corporate world.

I didn’t do a mindfulness course because I wanted to be more productive. I took an 8-week course because I work in a busy job as a city solicitor, that job can sometimes involve pressure and long-hours and I used to worry and churn things over an unnecessary amount in a way which I recognised probably wasn’t very helpful. I have supportive colleagues, and there wasn’t one particular ‘trigger’ moment that led to me doing the course – I just wanted a tool to be able to proactively manage my mental health and well-being; one that would help me worry less and enjoy life more.

I was quite surprised therefore when I found that mindfulness seemed to produce other benefits aside from the stress reduction – the main one I noticed in the workplace was that as I did the course, and more likely as I continued to practice mindfulness afterwards, it stopped me ‘faffing’ as much.  This probably surprised me because I wouldn’t have ever really described myself as a ‘faffer’ in a work context. Worrier, yes; faffer, no.

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