Maintaining Your Awareness

Sometimes managers fall asleep in their everyday work life. They may get so focused on the details of their day they do not notice what is happening around them. They may also check out – because there is something they do not want to face or is too hard to face or they think they cannot change their circumstances and they surrender. In doing so, they fall asleep and do not see.

Do you maintain your awareness at work?

Maintaining your awareness has a lot to do with the present moment. Things are going on around you every minute and if you are not present, you miss them. Missing a few things is inevitable, but if you miss a lot, it matters. Why? Because to live without awareness, is to miss your life. At work, your day is filled with things to pay attention to: communications with others, subtle emotions or actions, signs that something that matters is going awry or your own internal signs of stress or emotion. When you miss these things, they only get bigger and, in the process, you lose some of your effectiveness as a manager.

Maintaining your awareness is about paying attention. If you want to assess and maintain your awareness in your work, try this: over the next week, at the end of each day, note five things you were aware of and paid attention to that day. Note too, when you check out at work and start to fall asleep. Why did you check out? As you strengthen and maintain your awareness, your effectiveness will increase and you will experience the benefits of living in the present moment.