How to Improve Focus and Increase in Concentration
How to Increase Concentration and Focus
According to a philosophical saying, if we have feet in our shoes and brains in our heads, we can move in any direction we want to. Both literally and metaphorically.
We are often told to choose what we love to do. How is this going to help us? We are often told that if we do so, we will never have to work. Since work is associated with frustration or overloading, following passion is encouraged.
What if I told you that you will get mentally overwhelmed anyways? Whether you are maintaining an office job or even working at studios, mental exhaustion is linked to working. You will become easily mentally overloaded if your focus is not strong. It is our focus which determines our reality.
In order to stay mentally strong, we have to adopt a few habits. I am not about to give you a list of those habits since it is useless. What may have worked for me may not work as easily for you. I am about to share a few tips with you. These tips will allow you to enhance your focus.
Until this century, there has been a remarkable increase in the brain functions of people. This is not to say that we work harder than our ancestors. The case might be quite the contrary. In fact, the increase in brain activity generally is a sign of evolution. Given below are some facts and tips which will help you enhance your focus.
1.1 - No Multitasking:
We often hear and see the demand for multitasking. Many of the talents of a person are judged on the basis of multitasking. We generally meet people who prefer multitasking people. We see demands for multitasking in great companies.
In various industries and all across the companies, we see people multitasking. In the long run, the multitasking wears them out. They may be extra efficient in completing tasks. However, they are not very effective in coming up with different solutions. Multitasking becomes more of a habit instead of a skill.
The problem is with our brains. Instead of dissipated light, imagine a focused beam of a laser. The laser is way more potent. Similarly, multitasking is not supported naturally by the brain. Our brains provide us with a limited amount of energy to focus. According to scientists we usually take 40% longer time in completing our projects. This is when we are multitasking. When we focus on one task at one time, we finish our projects much quickly.
It is ok to perform 2 or 3 tasks at one time. This is also if the quality is not required much. However, the concept that efficiency increases by multitasking are a myth. There is no scientifically proven evidence for this.
1.2 - Take Short Breaks:
When you have been working consecutively on something, believe it or not, you are decreasing your efficiency.
We, humans, are interesting creatures. If we focus on something too long, we are sure to mess it up. This is because our mind needs change.
The idea of taking short breaks between work times may seem crazy to you. It is not. Trust me when I say this. You will perform at least three times better than before. Don’t forget to recharge. That is what happens when we take short breaks. It is like building an island in a busy ocean.
Creating a temporary inner space may do wonders. This space can be an imaginary or physical location. You may walk on the balcony to recharge your mind.
There is another thing that may mess you up. After breaks, sometimes we don’t want to come back and resume. This indicates a lack of flexible boundaries. When you fail to make flexible boundaries, you become overly attached to the experience of liberation after work.
What matters is the balance. Creating flexible boundaries whether in personal or professional self is a great help. You will live your life more happily.
1.3 - Change the Norms:
Do you constantly sit while typing something on the computer? Is your job a desk job? Do you get frustrated sometimes?
Have you ever thought of changing this? Change a seat maybe? Or try a different position? How does it work?
One of the main problems with the main routine is that we often get bored with it. Nowadays in nearly all the big companies, the formal office culture is getting eliminated. This is to make sure people are comfortable. It also ensures that energy is spent creatively on things that matter. For example, if you keep adjusting yourself to that irritating chair, half of your mind will be occupied here.
All in all, the norms sometimes become boring and bland. Unless we change them healthily, we are prone to lack of focus and frustration.
1.4 - Additional Aids:
Some of the tips given in this point are quite cliché. You are supposed to use different aids for enhancing your focus. Sometimes all the diverted focus is because of accumulated frustration. This frustration is bound to cause a loss of concentration and focus.
Normally people start their day with consumables like tea or coffee. Caffeine improves your focus. Other than this, it also brings your state of freshness to a new level.
Other than this, music aids are also used. While doing extensive data entry work, people can easily listen to songs or music. While doing math or memorizing subjects, people also listen to instrumentals which are a great help.
It is up to you which aids you choose. Just remember to choose what increases your focus.