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Jason Kulpa, Founder of UE.co, Gives His Top 5 Tips to Staying Mentally Present at Work
Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Mindfulness is more than just a fad. Studies show that it can help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Adopting a regular practice of short daily meditation may also increase productivity levels. Want to help your staff to stay engaged during business hours? Founder and former CEO of UE.co, Jason Kulpa, recommends the following five tips for staying mindfully present at work.

Don’t Be “in the Office” Until You Get to the Office

 
What does it mean to be present? Being aware, connected, and focused on the task at hand is how most people would describe the experience of “being present.” This level of attentiveness can be challenging to achieve, especially at work, where tasks can become complex, stressful, or boring over time.
 
Being present means being aware of every moment. Don’t let thoughts about the coming workday interfere with your morning. Enjoy your breakfast and time with your family—even your commute—for the experiences they are, not as “pre-work” that needs to be rushed through so you can make it to the office on time.
 

Stay Professional

 
Having friends at the office is one of the pleasures of working. While cultivating friendships is positive, joining in office gossip is not. Negative talk breeds negative feelings that stick with you long after the conversations are over. Keeping water cooler talk upbeat and friendly will help to avoid these distracting thoughts before they come up.
 

Focus on One Task at a Time

 
Multi-tasking is sometimes necessary, but having the constant chatter of a “to-do” list running through your head is not. No matter how skilled you are, you can still only do one thing at a time.
 
Try to make an old-fashioned paper list of tasks you need to complete during the day and cross them off one by one as you accomplish them. Do not give in to the temptation of thinking about the next thing (and the next and the next). Instead, focus on the single task that needs to be finished right now. If unexpected events force you to take on new tasks or reprioritize, don’t let this frustrate you. Simply add the new items to your list and stay focused.
 

Take a Breath

 
It may sound cliché, but there’s no better method for re-centering than taking a deep, full breath. This type of breathing aligns your mental and physical states. And you can do it without drawing attention to yourself, no matter how visible you may be to your coworkers. If you feel yourself getting stressed, bored, or distracted, take a breath.
 

Leave Work at Work

 
Running through the events of the workday in your mind over and over at night makes your brain feel like it’s still at work 24/7. You need a mental break to feel refreshed and attentive the next day. In the times when you do have to conduct work after hours, do it mindfully. Go to your home office and close the door if possible. Separating those moments of work from your personal life will help keep your home and work balance intact.
 
Staying mentally present at every moment of every workday may not be a realistic goal, but the more you practice the mindful methods above, the less distracted (and more satisfied) you’ll feel in the workplace.
 

About Jason Kulpa

 
Serial entrepreneur Jason Kulpa’s mission is to bring awareness and support to special needs causes. As the CEO and Founder of UE.co, Jason works to accomplish this mission by working side-by-side with his teams of volunteers to cheer Special Olympic athletes, donating school supplies, and volunteering at various events throughout the community of San Diego.
 
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