By Olga Mack and Jeena Cho
■ ■ Primary practice. The primary tool used to practice
mindfulness is meditation. It lowers stress, increases
focus, and strengthens your awareness.
■ ■ Waking up. Research indicates that even a short mindfulness
exercise every day can increase attention. The human mind is
estimated to wander approximately half of our waking hours.
■ ■ Thinking big picture. Brief mindfulness training has been
shown to significantly improve visuospatial processing,
working memory, and executive functioning.
■ ■ In the workplace. A simple way to implement mindfulness
practices is to start meetings with a few minutes of
meditation. Google starts many meetings this way.
Companies are increasingly struggling to create a workplace where its
employees can thrive and succeed. Digital devices and the constant
need to stay connected are reducing the ability of employees from
engaging in “deep work.”
This is especially problematic for in-house counsel who are juggling
multiple important tasks and are being pulled into many different
directions. Attorneys in particular need both the time and mental
space to consider these challenging problems.
Mindfulness is one tool that companies are using to create a sustainable workforce.