I’m still trying. Mindfulness can be a challenge. Is it really worth the time and effort to understand and practice mindfulness? Yes – especially as leaders in a law firm.
For those of you following along, you’ll know that I am on a personal journey to become a Mindful Leader and taking all of you with me. (Read my last Mindful Leadership blog.) Mindfulness is being present and aware, controlling your attention without judgement in a very intentional way.
If, like me, you are not very good at quiet Donothingfor2minutes.com is a great site. Try it out. It is literally you, doing nothing on your computer for 2 minutes. And if you touch the keyboard or mouse, you start over again. 2 minutes is a really long time. Are you ever in your car with no noise? Give that a try! Even if it is only for 2 minutes. Or maybe, try it for 5 minutes. Here’s the thing. Many of us are afraid of the quiet. Your mind wanders...we worry, we fret, we come up with crazy scenarios that will likely never happen. And, it seems like the more stressed out we are, we don’t want to connect with quiet and nothing.
Because...we live a crazy, harried life. We are trying to say yes to everything. We are overcommitted, we are exhausted. And, we are all busy. So often when I ask someone how they are, they respond with “Busy.” That word has become like nails on a chalkboard to me. In fact, I’ve banned that word from my vocabulary. If we were all in a room, I would ask you to raise your hand if you are NOT busy. And none of you would...because we are ALL busy. So, help me stop the glorification of busy – and ban that word from your vocabulary too. And let’s slow it down a bit, and find some quiet, and find some peace.
As leaders, we have a great opportunity to help our teams with this. And the most effective way to do this is by example. We get really focused as leaders on how many hours people work. They aren’t working enough hours. But it isn’t about the number of hours we spend, and it shouldn’t be about the number of hours the people working for us spend. We need to be thinking about how we spend our time, if we are effective time managers, if we are working to our highest potential. A mindful leader will have happier, more productive teams.
Next time, I’ll share the benefits of mindfulness on our journey to becoming Mindful Leaders.