From putting on your slippers in the morning, choosing the right setting on the washing machine, to reviewing complex data sheets - we make a thousand different decisions on a daily basis. And yet, most of these happen without our conscious effort. You probably don't even look down from your phone as you switch on the coffee machine and reach out for your favourite coffee mug from the cupboard - do you? These seemingly automated processes are a result of years of conditioning and muscle memory. And yet, we mostly remain oblivious to their impact on our day-to-day decisions. For example, consider the instinctual reaction you have to someone you're meeting with for the first time? The way you form the first impression without any exchange of words or information? Or the way you feel more comfortable in the presence of older doctors compared to a young one, even if they are the specialists? Such instinctual reactions are often based on what's known as "Unconscious biases." And, these seemingly inconspicuous biases also play a major role in our professional lives. The key to overcoming this, like with most things in life, is to acknowledge its presence. After all, only when we admit to a problem, can we begin to solve it. These biases can present themselves as logical reasoning and even, the 'right answer!' But the fact remains that they are preconceived notions based on past experiences and social grooming.While working in the virtual world, it has become even more important to acknowledge and eliminate these biases. This is because the geographical distance can make it far easier to make decisions based on our inherent unconscious biases. From being predisposed to judge things solely on the aesthetic value to developing blind spots to things and people who are out of sight - there's a host of detrimental effects that can happen due to a lack of mindfulness. Watch this space for more information on the most commonly found biases.