Nowadays, it is quite easy to get entertainment. The advancements in technology, offering us the best in entertainment, gaming and other luxuries for a small price, had us actually pay a higher cost. A study from a psychology class revealed that almost 70% of their surveyed samples revealed a shortened attention span. Truthfully, it is really difficult to concentrate in anything nowadays, given that one can choose anything that will interest them. Improving the concentration will reap better results for any person. Here are ways to improve on your ability to concentrate.
1. Avoid Procrastinating
You’ve got a project deadline by the end of the month, but your professor gave the heads up during this first week of the term. Surely, you won’t have to work on it at once because you have all the time to spend making it by the following weeks. Tests show that people who cram their work eventually have lower attention spans. Make it a point to do everything as soon as possible. You won’t only save time; you’ll even reward and compliment yourself for doing a job well-done, and you gain more concentration than ever before.
2. One Task, One day
Have yourself finish one thing every day. One task, like washing dishes day and night, cooking meals lunch and dinner, or finishing an entire chapter of a book. Having yourself focused on an end goal allows you to concentrate on the goal. But it is advisable that you focus only on one goal per day. This is to avoid prioritization problems, which can split your attention span in half once again. Once you know you have a solid concentration, working on two or more goals will require planning to ensure you can concentrate on them at given times.
3. The ‘A Bit More’ Discipline
Many people find that they can easily face something, or turn away from it completely within a second. One game that does not interest you enables you to turn easily to another game that can interest you. If you’re in a middle of something, and you want to go eat outside, or do something else, tell yourself to do something ‘a little bit more’. Read two more pages, exceed two more levels on your game. An athlete increases strength by working out beyond exhaustion. You can increase mental concentration by pushing past the point of frustration.
4. Necessary Vision Narrowing
Focus is the main discipline in achieving concentration. If you’re preoccupied with an initial task, avoid using products or doing anything that you know will take much of your mind away from your current task. Narrowing your vision is important. Choose a work room that has no internet connection to avoid social networks. If you need to use the internet to research, use your work or university computers in libraries and lounges, which block the use of social networks. Narrowing your vision enables you to focus on one thing at a time.
5. Appreciate Something for Its Existence
Everything in the world today comes and goes. In particular, your job today might not be your job tomorrow. The many things you can find on the internet makes it easy for you to switch from one browser to another, one application to another and one convenience to another. But looking at something as if for the first and last time, just like appreciating how you can process a word document without the hard keys of a typewriter and aligning the paper inside of them, makes it something valuable and something to focus on. Appreciate what you are doing. It does not only improve your concentration on the object, but also allows you to value everything for its worth.