What goes on in your mind when you get to work, say, on the ‘worst’ day of the week – Monday?
Do this simple experiment of asking yourself the following question and understanding the answer your conscience throws back at you:
When you wake up tomorrow, ask yourself whether the ten things you planned to do at work are commensurate with the ‘pay’ your employer has committed to pay you?
Your conscience is always the true judge of what you are going to do, then you would be judging yourself in the following way:
1. I think I have planned a few activities for the day, but I am sure some of them are not worth doing.
2. I think I can plan for some high value activities to be done, but I am not doing it as I spend time on ‘regular’ work
3. I think I can cut down the time I am spending in the cafe over a cuppa, under the pretext of ‘socializing’ and ‘building relationships’ with colleagues, when in effect, I am actually gossiping!
If you have any or all of the above as answers to the question, then welcome to transforming your day with more positivity and energy. Your honest answer is the start of your responsibility, not towards your company / team but towards yourself. You are now resolving to spend the only asset you have – non interest bearing, completely resettable to zero by end of the day- time.
I was meditating today – on my breath, and had the above insight.
In meditation, we focus on mind. We use the breath and train the mind to focus on the breath. Whereas, in breathing exercise, we use the mind to train the breath.
So, meditation & breathing exercises are quite different with the emphasis being on totally different aspects.
Confusing breathing exercises for meditation and vice versa is not the right thing to do as they would produce completely different results – despite ‘sound’ & ‘logical’ arguments we may make.
Ditto in our daily life too!
If the focus at work is to ‘earn’ the compensation your employer gives you, then you would do those activities that are important & relevant. If the focus is on ‘filling time’ (remember time sheets?) then you would do all sorts of activities and more importantly, you will start providing “intellectually sound” arguments as to why those are important!
At the end of the day, remember, your supervisor or your HR department are there not to police you but to help you achieve your goals. Your conscience is your true policeman. You are answerable to your conscience on how well you used your time available.
Stop, and pause to ask your conscience. It takes less than a minute to ask and receive answers. The minute is well spent as it would guide you for the rest of the day.