Chaos…It is what many of my fellow MBA students would call our end of semester “crunch time”. I started my part-time MBA at the University of Nevada Reno in the fall of 2012. Pursuing my degree was going to take me approximately three years. With only a couple of semesters left, I approach my learning much differently now thanks to many of the professors and courses I have taken over the past two years.
Finding mindfulness has given me an abundance of benefits when tackling school. This current semester has been by far the most busy. Planning, reading, researching, organizing, and team building all played a huge roles in my learning this semester. This is the first semester where cultivating mindfulness was a daily habit for me. Here are a few of the benefits that I have gained:
- Non-striving: This has given me the ability to be fully engaged in the classroom by giving my best effort and allowing myself to be fully aware in the present moments.
- Gratitude: I am able to look at what is important to me and how it helps me add to my value and purpose. Saying thank you to the individuals who have helped me with my MBA journey (family, friend, colleagues, and peers).
- Creating Change: My habits surrounding how I learn have improved. I have improved my mental and physical focus and increased my concentration while eliminating distractions.
Mindfulness has introduced me to more self-relefection with much less judgement and control. I am able to communicate better and solve problems through creativity and innovation by utilizing the “beginner’s mind”.
Has mindfulness helped to change your chaos? If so, please share your comments below.