In This Very Life is highly recommended for vipassanā meditators, but the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw's is more suitable for the basic instructions.
Unless you are doing a manual labouring or factory job, it is unlikely that you will have much chance to note mindfully in detail. At best you could note and make an effort to be mindful of the present moment in general terms. Many jobs are highly conceptual, and insight meditation is about knowing ultimate realities. We need to slow down all activities and movements to note in detail.
Nevertheless, many daily activities such as dressing, shaving, eating, walking, etc., can be done much more slowly and systematically than non-meditators will generally do them. There is no need to rush if you are a meditator. If a chore needs to be done, then do it attentively and thoroughly.
is recommended for developing the practice of bare attention — a practice that is very helpful for getting through the day without stress.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)