Sunday, December 17

Learn How to Concentrate

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I supposed that all of you, who are reading this article, have agreed that our concentration power is the main aspect that affects our productivity. In order to improve our productivity, we need to learn how to control our mind, and to make full use of the time and the effort we spent.

Concentration power is like our muscle, some people are born with stronger muscle while some are weaker. However, the more we exercise it the stronger it will become. Similarly, some people who were born with a weaker concentration power will find it hard to focus, but with constant training and practice, one can become stronger.

Meditation is a way to practise concentration. Allow yourself a period of time to meditate daily. It will give you a chance to work on your concentration techniques. You can do that by focusing on your breathing or on a certain object while keeping your mind from wandering away.

Besides that, always find opportunities to heighten your concentration power in your daily routine. For example, when you are in the middle of a task and tempted to give up. Force yourself to work a little more. “Read FIVE MORE pages. Finish FIVE MORE math problems. Work FIVE MORE minutes.” By doing so, you are stretching your attention span. Just like how we build our stamina by pushing our limits, we can build our mental stamina by working through frustration.

Apart from that, another way that will help us to focus is to conquer our habit of procrastination. So remember, next time you’re about to postpone a responsibility ask yourself, “Do I have to do this? Do I want it done so it’s not on my mind? Will it be any easier later?” Those three questions can give you the incentive to mentally apply yourself because they bring you face to face with the fact this task isn’t going away, and delaying will only add to your guilt and make this onerous task occupy more of your mind and time.

While concentration power can be improved, it can be weaken as well by bad habits and lifestyles. As a conclusion, all of us should not be the helpless victim of our own mind but to make full use of our life.

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