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20 Ways To Improve Focus And Concentration

These 20 ways to improve focus and concentration are brought to you by Renita Tisha Pinto for The Times Of India and they’re a great reminder of some very simple methods to improve your focus and concentration. She advises to never be negative; if you tell yourself that you can’t focus or concentrate then you’ll force your mind into believing that, and what you believe, will prevail. Conversely if you tell yourself that you can focus and concentrate, then you’ll find it a lot easier to do so! It’s all in your mind..

20 Ways To Improve Focus And Concentration

Organisation For FocusControl your thoughts

The key to concentration is to not allow your mind to distract you with casual thoughts.

When unrelated thoughts emerge in the mind, pay no attention to them and actively focus on the task you are trying to accomplish.

Make a time plan

Make a schedule for the jobs to be done. In order to balance, allocate time appropriately to serious tasks, and to leisure as well.

This will help you feel more fulfilled and less weak toward playful distractions.

Never be negative

Do not tell yourself that you cannot concentrate; this will make it more difficult to focus, because you will force your mind to be short of concentration and attention.

Avoid Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking ensures that we cannot concentrate on one single task at hand when we have a horde of tasks lying in front of us. Continue reading on Times Of India

I was very happy to see that avoiding multitasking featured in these 20 ways to improve focus and concentration. Not only is multitasking highly ineffective, but it is harmful to your mind. Flitting between various tasks causes chaos in your brain, as your brain was not designed to function like that. The longer you do it, the more harm if causes, and the harder you’ll find it to concentrate and focus. There are a number of articles on multitasking on this site if you’re interested to read more about. Search under “multitasking” in the top search bar if you’d like to read more.


Stay Focused by Decluttering Your Home Office

This is a subject matter which I believe is so incredibly important. Stay focused by decluttering your home office and give yourself a head start. Working from home at first is a delight, compared with working in an office, where you have your boss breathing down your neck. The good thing about your boss breathing down your neck though, is that it makes it easier to get things done. This is why it’s all the more important to make sure your home work space is completely clear of clutter so you have no peripheral distractions. Even if you think that superfluous objects don’t distract you, they do. They send mixed messages to your brain, that there’s other stuff it needs to deal with. If you have a pile of papers not filed for example, your brain is getting the message that there are other things that need to be completed, so you are not 100% focused on the task in hand. Here are a few tips from The Network Journal explaining explaining how to declutter:

Stay Focused By Decluttering Your Home OfficeBegin by culling all unnecessary objects. Remove everything from your workspace. Then bring back only the items you absolutely need to complete your daily tasks. Computer, pad and pen, desktop calendar: check. Hole punch, shredder, magazine, bowl of old cereal? No. Why is the stapler on top of the desk? If you don’t use it every five minutes, remove it from the work area.

Maintain a zero-tolerance clutter policy. Don’t let anything land in your space for more than a minute if it doesn’t belong there. This includes extra furniture. It also includes noise clutter. If you can, choose a workspace in a part of your home where external noise and street sounds are muffled and muted.

Even in a paperless world, most of us are in no danger of running out of paper any time soon. File your papers in folders and place your folders in trim, clean, color-coded organizers. As with other objects, be merciless about the paper you decide to keep. If in doubt, scan it into a digital file, then throw it out. The best place for most paper that dares to enters your work sanctuary? The trash.

Read more: The Network Journal

There’s a category on this site called Organisation as it’s such an important part of focusing. If you liked this post on how to stay focused by decluttering your home office, then do share with your friends/colleagues.  It’s too easy to think that external objects to your work in hand won’t distract you, and the longer you let it go on, the more you get used to it. The trouble is, the more you get used to it, the more your mind gets used to not being organised, and this will affect your ability to concentrate and to think clearly. It may even affect decisions out of your work life. It also leads to stress, so clear that clutter and get focused!




Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life – And Get Focused!

I have called this post Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life – And Get Focused, because if you read the book and apply all that is taught, then you’ll be well on your way to getting focused.  If you have not read the book, then this review by Shannon Fitzgerald for Pyschology Today may just entice you to do so.  The authors, Paul Hammerness, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard’s Medical School, and Margaret Moore, assistant psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry provide a scientific approach in the field of neuroscience and a practical application of all that is explained.

Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

Within this book we gradually move with the authors through the all of the Rules of Order: “Taming the Frenzy;” “Sustaining Attention;” “Applying the Brakes;” “Molding Information;” “Shift Setting” and “Connecting the Dots” (where we learn to put together each one of these valuable tenets to form a practical design with which to newly approach our lives).  If ever, during the course of the narrative, we doubt the real need for adjusting our turbulent lifestyles, the authors rein us back in with new understandings in neuroscience and another example of someone burning the proverbial candle at both ends.

As the book claimed from the beginning, Coach Meg and Dr. Hammerness offer us tools with which “to tap into our embedded organizational skills, improve focus and attention and better structure our life.”  As someone who has at times struggled with the challenges of ADHD, I practice mindfulness meditation, engage in regular physical activity (which the authors strongly urge) and attempt to eat well.  This book is a priceless addition to my library in terms of very tangible life skills that will certainly improve my ability to organize and manage my hectic schedule.

In addition, I look forward to pursuing some of the websites and citations found within this gem.  For these two gifted authors to utilize them, it will certainly be worth my time and effort to follow up on all extraneous information offered.  I cannot recommend Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life enough, as it truly does just what it sets out to do:  educates and empowers the reader to “train your brain to get more done in less time.”  It would hard to begin to put a cost on that.

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So make sure to read Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life – and get focused! Interestingly, though not unsurprisingly, they touch on the field of multitasking, and how one who multitasks will under-perform on all such tasks if he/she completes them at all. Does that sound familiar?

Organize Your Mind, Organize your Life: Train Your Brain To Get More Done In Less Time



Ways To Focus On Getting Things Done

If you’d like some more ways to focus on getting things done, then be sure to read this ingenious idea from Michael Pantalon, Ph.D, who has recently written for Psychology Today.  Whilst To-To Lists are an effective method of getting things done, there are often items on the list which are avoided at all costs.  Michael Pantalon suggests creating motivations for completing each task and creating a Why-Do list.

Ways To Focus On Getting Things Done

Exercise: Create a “Why-Do” List

Step 1: Pick one thing from your current or a recent to-do list that you have not done, but that you would still like to do. For example, join a softball league.

Step 2: Stubbornly refuse to ask yourself age-old, rational, yet highly un-motivating, questions, such as “Why can’t I do this?” What gets in my way of doing this?” “Why aren’t I more motivated to do this?” The answers to these questions will only rehearse excuses, which lead to inaction and guilt.  That’s why we don’t get those stubborn to-do list items done – we ask ourselves the wrong questions. So, instead, let’s focus on 2 much more positive and motivating questions.

Step 3: Ask yourself two off-the-beaten path, yet highly motivating, questions that address why you want to do this to-do list item. Hence, the “Why-Do” list. This will get you to argue in favor of doing it.

(TIP: Simply create a new column in your To-Do list with heading, “WHY?” and list the answers you come up with to the following two questions in that column next to the item you’ve had a hard time getting done.)

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Having read these ways to focus on getting things done, I think a number of people will be able to relate to the point about never quite getting round to certain things, as we do not see the immediate benefit.  When creating ‘Why-Do’ lists, we can motivate ourselves, and put off procrastination once and for all!