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Mindful Engagement at Work and in Life

Mindful Engagement at Work and in Life

Presentation by Aaron Pava (@pava) on April 11, 2013 at the 2013 NTEN Non-Profit Technology Conference (NTC)


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Aaron Pava

April 11, 2013

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  1. What We Want Healthier, More Productive, More Fulfilling Lives Flickr:

  2. Poverty of Attention A wealth of information leads to a

    poverty of attention.” -Herbert Simon Family image: Scott Pollock http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703779704576073801833991620.html
  3. Stay Truly Connected? Is it possible for us to stay

    truly connected to ourselves and present to the moment when we are constantly plugged in? Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mawel/870541296/sizes/o/
  4. Gain Control Gaining control of attention is the number one

    challenge. Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/_saturnine/4978508388/sizes/l/
  5. “This is the first, wildest, and wisest thing I know,

    that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attention.” - Mary Oliver
  6. Meditation is Tuning the Instrument By Helihark (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0

    (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  7. “Attention is the most powerful tool of the human spirit.”

    - Linda Stone Attention Please Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidspinks/5431039057/sizes/o/
  8. When we split our attention, We not only undermine our

    relationships, we also remember and retain less. Let’s Remember Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasleen_kaur/4404630666/sizes/l/
  9. Less Effective When you move attention from a primary task

    to another one, it adds an average of 25% of time to the complete initial task. The Energy Project
  10. Fully Engaged One out of five people feel fully engaged

    at work. 2008 Towers Perrin Global Workforce Study of 90,000 employees across 18 countries
  11. Under Duress “Under duress we don’t rise to the level

    of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” - Bruce Lee Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahnmyrrh/3613943951/
  12. Inhale through Nose count of 4 Hold your Breath for

    a count 7 Exhale Completely through your Mouth for a count 8
  13. Focus on One Thing Three out of four Americans have

    difficulty focusing on one thing at a time. The Energy Project
  14. Does Not Compute Each workday, include at least one significant

    task you can complete without a computer. Flickr: photosteve101
  15. Check Out My Pad Paper isn’t evil - so don’t

    be afraid to use it! Flickr: nate archer
  16. Lunch Break Obey the lunch police: “Drop the mouse and

    move away from the desk!” Flickr: ratterrell
  17. Reboot with a Nap Take a power nap... or at

    least sit back and close your eyes for a few minutes. Flickr: skreuzer
  18. You Need To Sleep More 95% of us need at

    least 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to feel fully rested. http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleep/facts.htm Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/didmyself/3050138294/sizes/l/
  19. Evaluate This Session! Each entry is a chance to win

    an NTEN engraved iPad! or Online using #13NTCLIFE at www.nten.org/ntc/eval
  20. END

  21. PRACTICE: Kindness and Understanding is a mental habit. Lovingkindness: “I

    wish for this person to be happy...” Do it for 10 sec. a lot!