Sharpening the needle of concentration requires practice, like everything else in life.
Do you go to the gym? If you do, how many times a week and for how long?
Have you studied a foreign language? If you did, for how long did you practice, until you had a basic knowledge of the language?
It is the same with developing your concentration. You need training and practice.
Your mind does not like discipline, and will resist your efforts to discipline it. It loves its freedom more than anything else, and won’t let you master it. It will make you forget to do the exercises, tempt you to postpone performing them, or make you feel too lazy. It will find many tricks to occupy your attention with something else.
If you find it too difficult, or thoughts distract you and make you think about other matters, don’t despair. Everyone encounters difficulties along the way. If you persevere and never give up, in spite of difficulties and disturbances, success will crown your efforts.
How to Improve THIS :
- Take Rest
The biggest factor affecting concentration is rest and this has been approved by research. Concentration requires your mind to be calm. But your mind will be scattered if you are not well rested. Make sure that you get the right amount of sleep at the right time. Also have regular sleep time, and this can be the key step for concentrating.
Sleeping too much is also not ideal. Oversleeping disrupts your natural rhythm and can make you lazy. Avoid this by having an alarm clock to wake you up in time.
- Make a Plan
Always have a plan for whatever you are up to. When you sit down to work without a plan, you may easily get caught in activities like checking mails, Instant messaging (chatting) and browsing the web. Without a purpose, you are wasting your time. You’ll find yourself distracted by a variety of nagging thoughts instead of devoting all your attention to one important task.
To avoid this, make a clear plan that meets your needs beforehand. Take 5 or 10 minutes break in between, and use this time to check email, and then close your inbox and move on to your most important task. When making a plan be sure to allocate enough time for entertainment, studies and sleep.
The practice of meditation will definitely improve our powers of concentration. Actually, when we try to meditate, it is concentration that is the first thing we need to master. A daily period of meditation gives us the chance to work specifically on concentration techniques.
- Choose a place of your choice for concentration
Obviously some places are better than others. Libraries, study lounges and private rooms are the best. Above all, the place that you choose should not be distracting. Try to stay away from other people if you want to concentrate on your work.
- Develop a controlled and balanced diet
Overeating creates a huge load of digestion and can make you feel uncomfortable and sleepy. Eating light and healthy meals can help you maximize your ability to concentrate.
- Exercise frequently
The ability to concentrate depends a lot upon our physical well-being. If we are tired, unhealthy and afflicted by numerous minor ailments, concentration will be more difficult. However, we have to try to make life easy for ourselves; we need to give a high priority to our physical health:
- Getting sufficient sleep
- Staying physically fit
- Maintaining healthy weight
- Getting regular exercise
- Take breaks and mix up your environment
Continuous work in the same place can drive anyone crazy. Taking constant breaks can solve the problem. This will make you active and more interested in your topic.
- Know that practice makes perfect
Do you jog, exercise at the gym, or study a foreign language? How difficult it was when you first started? How many times you wanted to quit? Despite the difficulties, after a while, you started to like what you were doing. It became a habit, and did not require special effort. So it is with developing the power of concentration.
After some practice, it will be easier to concentrate, and your mind will learn to be calm and relaxed. People, circumstances, and events that used to agitate and anger you, will not disturb you. You will experience happiness and contentment, and gain self-confidence and inner strength. You will be able to cope more easily and efficiently with the outer world.