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Being Present vs. Productive



How often have you attended a meeting and thought, “that was a waste of time,” or you left work for the day and said, “I didn’t get anything done all day!”


Let’s look at being present versus productive.


Being present at work is essential. Cornerstone Dynamics says, “When you’re present, everything about you, what you’re thinking and feeling, is completely focused and centered on what it is you are doing at that moment.”


The benefits of being fully present at work are:

  • Better business interactions

  • Better problem-solving ability

  • Increased productivity


So, how do you stay present?

Step 1. Stop, and assess how present you are.

Step 2. Re-acknowledge your commitment to being present.

Step 3. Focus entirely on your breathing for a few moments. Allow yourself to become centered, focused on the now, and grounded.

Step 4. Engage in business activity.

Presagia has 15 additional ideas on being present:

  1. Invest in your teams with tools to facilitate and adapt

  2. Practice presence

  3. Have a morning routine

  4. Establish boundaries

  5. Do one thing at a time

  6. Find your flow

  7. Avoid distractions

  8. Practice gratitude

  9. Prioritize your time

  10. Increase your energy

  11. Ignore your cell phone

  12. Get a good night's rest

  13. Create the right work environment

  14. Use the Pomodoro technique

  15. Disconnect to reconnect

Dean Hallet says, "If you’re a boss or manager, and you’re not actively engaged with your employees, you’re missing the opportunity to show up.” Being present at work with your people means listening to them and refraining from judging or jumping to conclusions while they share. Being present invites more sharing and, over time, will ensure that you and all your team members share the best quality information and intelligence possible – inhabiting a shared and highly productive everyday reality.

Being present at work means being at least 1% open to the possibility that there’s something you had no idea you didn’t know – and that someone else has that information. Therefore, they are worth listening to intently.

Finally, being present at work means being genuine or authentic with your people. It means being willing to own where you made a mistake and speaking up when there’s something you don’t know.”






Stratengy is here to help you navigate being a great leader in today’s world. Stratengy facilitates six-month programs on how to transform your team. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you and your team be more engaged, collaborative, and productive.



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