Gillian Coutts, Australian director of The Potential Project and co-author of One Second Ahead recently wrote an article for Lawyers weekly addressing basic mindfulness strategies of which lawyers can incorporate into their everyday workplace practices. These strategies are intended to reduce stress while at the same help lawyers to relax and focus throughout their working week. These strategies could potentially benefit not just lawyers, but those within similar professional environments.

Coutts identified five strategies that may help within the workplace:

  1. Identify choice points: Choice points are the moments during each day when you are interrupted mid-task and confronted with a new priority. Try to make each choice point an opportunity to consciously decide what is priority and what best aligns with your primary goals.
  1. Take awareness breaks: Take a 45-second break once an hour while at work. This can keep you focused on your most relevant tasks.
  1. Mindfully breathe: Stop what you’re doing, let go of thoughts, and direct your attention to your breath. It will help relax your body and mind.
  1. Manage your email: Emails can take up a significant portion of a lawyer’s time. Remember you have a choice between maintaining focus on your current task or redirecting your attention to the incoming message. You can avoid the interruption by; turning off your email notifications, choosing certain times of the day where you check your emails or avoid addressing your emails first thing in the morning.
  1. Start daily mindfulness training:Effective mindfulness training requires just 10 minutes a day of practice and enhances your ability to detect choice points or have meaningful awareness breaks.

Information was sourced from Lawyers Weekly