18.10.18 Grow, Learn Blog SumoSalad

Did you know that most of us spend roughly 47% of our waking hours distracted from what we are doing? Chances are your mind is wandering right now.

When we get distracted from a task at work, it can take us up to 25 minutes to get back into the flow. When you consider that 28% of our day is spent on emails and up to a third of the day can be consumed by meetings, it is no wonder we are working longer hours but falling further behind.

We talked to Flo Wellbeing’s founder Mandy Millan who believes this is a common scenario in today’s busy workplace.

“The temptation is to try to cram more into the day and always do several things at once. But the brain can’t efficiently do more than one thing at a time. Tackling tasks in parallel takes us 30% longer and we make twice as many errors”.

As we move towards the end of the year, the pressure on us intensifies – our calendars and to-do lists are even fuller. The end of the year finish line can seem impossible to reach, and by the time Christmas day arrives we are exhausted. Enter mindfulness. Flo specialises in tailored mindfulness programs. workshops and retreats in corporate settings. Mandy talked to us about how you can use mindfulness to boost your productivity, survive the end of year stresses and come out the other side of Christmas feeling better not worse. Here are her top three tips:

Practice staying in the present

Pick a simple activity that you do every day – for example brushing your teeth. See if you can stay fully present to the act of brushing your teeth, When your attention wanders, bring it back to brushing the teeth. By practising regulating your attention with simple activities you will gradually be able to stay more present in everything you do. You could also do this during the day with a cup of coffee.

Notice your mental chatter

We have between 60-80,000 thoughts per day and 80% of them are negative. On top of that, the majority of our thoughts are repeat thoughts. When we can begin to notice what is happening in our mind we are at less risk of being ‘yanked around’ by our thoughts. We no longer accept every thought as true and needing to be acted upon. Instead we can choose a wise course of action based on which thoughts are helpful in the present moment.

Meditate to support mindfulness

Sit quietly for several minutes and bring your attention to your breath. Focus on where the breath is the most prominent, perhaps in your nose, chest or belly. Each time the mind wanders, simply notice that and patiently return your attention to the breath. This practice strengthens our muscle of attention as well as our ability to notice, but not get caught up in our wandering mind. You only need to do 5 minutes per day to start to feel some benefits.


Flo Wellbeing have partnered with Sumo Salad. They specialise in corporate wellbeing
With healthy employees almost 3 times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues. Flo Wellbeing’s combination of mindfulness & movement sessions works at work. With long demanding office hours comes tight, sore bodies and stressed minds. There is a natural way to combat these pressures – with tailored Flo classes, programs, workshops & Retreats. Flo’s wellbeing frameworks help to reduce stress, improve productivity and increase engagement. Full details at www.flowellbeing.com


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