4 Golden Rules for Achieving Laser-Sharp Focus and Improving Concentration
n this digital era where we are surrounded by smartphones, laptops, and screens at all times, paying attention to the task at hand seems like a pretty difficult job to do.
In this digital era where we are surrounded by smartphones, laptops, and screens at all times, paying attention to the task at hand seems like a pretty difficult job to do. The constant buzzing of the notifications, ringing phones, and what not - everything is just distracting and makes us lose our focus within a few seconds. And when studies tell you that an average human has an attention span of 8 seconds, which is less than that of a goldfish, you need to ponder upon the fact that there’s something wrong happening around us. Humans had an attention span of 12 seconds (in the year 2000) which was relatively 33% greater than that of a goldfish (which is 9 seconds). But this sudden drop in the attention span isn’t something we saw coming for sure. When it becomes difficult to focus and concentrate on one particular task, your productivity will definitely get affected. However, if you try to manage these countless potential distractions that ruin your day, you may help yourself by gaining all the attention you need for completing your daily tasks. Let’s have a look at the 4 golden rules that will not help you in mastering concentration but also enhance your productivity and strengthen personal relationships.
“There’s no such thing as multitasking. Can you prepare a budget plan for your next campaign while having a conversation with me right now? Obviously not! So, how can you aim to be involved in two things at the same time? Your presence here and now which I call ‘being in the moment’ is what makes you ultimately concentrate”, says William Henderson, a physician and health consultant at Hisblue. “Whenever a distraction comes up - write it down on a notepad and get back to work. When you’re done working, check this list of distractions at the end of the day. You’ll be amazed to see how these things didn’t hold any importance at that particular moment. And that’s what meditation is all about. Meditation helps you acknowledge the presence of distracting thoughts and allow them to pass.”, he adds on.
If you think there’s something important that needs to be on your to-do list, jot it down in your notebook. Getting into the habit of focusing on the task at hand will help you improve concentration.
Prepare a To-do List
Why do corporate firms have software that keeps a track of routine tasks that their employees have been assigned to do? It’s because they want to keep everything sorted. If they get distracted by a petty task in between, they’ll know what all they have on their to-do list that needs their attention.
If you have a clear and definite plan for each day, that’ll definitely leave you with less room for tasks that hijack your attention and decrease your efficiency. Write down your goals for the day by spending 10 minutes in your personal notebook. This way you won’t be thinking about them before going to bed and will have a free mind because you have already created a road map for the next day. You can also write down things you’re grateful for as those are the things that make you happy. Happiness is something that makes you feel comfortable and is also a key to good concentration.
Practice Deep-breathing or Pranayama
Deep-breathing techniques such as meditation and yogic exercises such as pranayama can help cleanse your mind by reducing stress levels and increasing cognitive function and memory. When you slow down and just concentrate on your own breath, you tend to make better decisions. Try Bhramari Pranayama which can help you improve concentration by transmitting soft vibrations throughout your head with strategic finger placement and producing a loud buzzing sound like a bee.
Spend Time with Yourself
We spend so much time glued to the TV screen and mobile phones that we forget to cherish the important people have in our life. Put your phone away for a while and connect with yourself. Go out for a vacation or host a no-phone dinner. Even if you’re going out to meet someone for half an hour, put your phone away for a while and just be involved with that person. Staying present at any given moment is a healthy practice for achieving laser-sharp focus. It may feel like a challenge but be ready to be up for it. Challenge yourself today by putting everything aside - switch the phone to airplane mode, go out for dinner, or light a candle and enjoy a peaceful night.