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  • mono 9:47 pm on June 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 10 tips, , , , , , , , mindfulness exercises, open practice, , work,   

    10 Tips for Mindful Work 

    Here are 10 general mindfulness exercises for when you are working.

    1. Engage yourself in your work as if your job depends on it.

    2. Become the best at what you do, not the best at gabbing around the office.

    3. If you finish a project early, review your work and look for ways to improve upon it.

    4. A big project is filled with small tasks, which may seem menial and/or tedious, but remember that the large project can only come together through the doing of the small tasks. Do them well.

    5. Learn from your co-workers by asking the right questions.

    6. If you are becoming overwhelmed by your workload, consider coming to work early. A quiet office very early in the morning can be quite refreshing and may be a nurturing atmosphere for productivity.

    7. An afternoon walk outside may provide a solution to that problem you are trying to work out and the stimuli may help, too.

    8. Build your work competencies daily by asking questions and learning as much as you can about your current position.

    9. The better you are at what you do, the more meaningful your work will be.

    10. From CL wisdom, “Do the NOW well.”

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    Please help me expand this list. What techniques for mindful working work for you?

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  • mono 9:43 am on October 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Ivan Illich, , , , Neojaponisme, , Simone Weil, Thich Nhat Hanh, UbuWeb, work,   

    10 Articles for Improving Your Mental Hygiene (Vol. 2.0) 

    Here are ten articles that I want to share with you. These articles deal with the following themes among other things: work, play, society, living, writing, poetry, language, effort, dance, spirituality, imagination, mindfulness, education and learning.

    I hope that you will find something of value.

    1. Alan Watts: Work as Play
    2. Georg Simmel: The Stranger
    3. Bill Knott: Path out of View
    4. Neojaponisme: Missives on Outlander Japanese
    5. Elbert Hubbard: A Message to Garcia
    6. Kenneth Goldsmith (editor): Publishing the Unpublishable
    7. Rudolf Steiner: On Eurythmy
    8. Simone Weil: 5 Flashes of Weil
    9. Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness of Ourselves, Mindfulness of Others
    10. Ivan Illich: Deschooling Society

    Here is the first in this series: 10 Articles for Improving Your Mental Hygiene (Vol 1.0)

     
  • mono 3:26 pm on October 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American philosopher, , , , John Dewey, , , volunteer, work   

    John Dewey on “Work” 

    The work that you do, whether as a paying job, volunteer work or as study, hobby or vocation is a way of generating, maintaining and creating meaning in your life. How much effort and involvement do you give to the work that you do? Is the work that you are doing, satisfying you? How do you approach the task of work? How do you better yourself by the work that you do?

    John Dewey, in his book, Art as Experience, reminds us, “The intelligent mechanic engaged in his job, interested in doing well and finding satisfaction in his handiwork, caring for his materials and tools with genuine affection, is artistically engaged. (5)”

    What Dewey’s quotation gives us, is that, it is not necessarily the kind of job that you do, but how you do the job that you do. The worker who is drowning in a desk of “to-do” lists, which keep piling up, seemingly out of control, has a much different experience from the worker who carefully (with care) uses the tasks of the day to better the life of him/herself and the life of the organization in doing what needs to be done and acting through the purpose of the moment.

    Losing yourself in a meaningful task is an artistic experience, a kind of dance with life and your engagement with it. Realize reality in the most beautiful and humanizing ways.

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