How to Increase Your Concentration

Whether you’re wanting to remember people’s names or to improve your studying skills for a test, there are a few things you can do to help improve your concentration skills. The process is similar to what you would do if you were trying to improve any other area of your body; your brain is a muscle, after all. If you start small and have patience, you’ll start noticing gains in no time.

1. Set Small Goals 

If you’ve decided that you need to increase concentration, start by focusing for short periods of time first and gradually work up to longer periods. For instance, set a timer for five minutes and make it a goal to not deviate from what you’re focusing on for that time period (work, school, etc). Once that timer is up, feel free to let your mind wander; then, go for another five minutes.

One way to help with this is to make a “distraction list.” Write down all the things that pop into your head during your focus time and make a deal with yourself that you’ll look at it later.

2. Try Meditation 

At its core, meditation is about mindfulness, which is exactly the same type of goal you’re hoping to achieve through improving your concentration. Best of all, you don’t have to disappear into a mountain for thirty years to learn this either; simply spend 10-20 minutes in guided meditation, and you should notice your concentration and attention span increase significantly.

3. Memorize and Read 

One of the best ways you can increase concentration is by practicing your memorization skills; if you don’t know how, here’s a quick guide to get you started. No matter if it’s a sacred text or phone numbers, make it a goal to memorize a significant amount of information every week.

Furthermore, resist the urge to simply scan over the material. Most people who start reading a book or even article found online won’t finish it, so make a real effort to follow through. Eventually, it’ll become second nature to simply keep reading and your brain will thank you as a result.

4. Develop a Sense of Curiosity 

Our world is a fascinating place. Plant and animal life, the solar system, or even the way a car engine works all provide limitless opportunities for you to grow in knowledge and expertise. Engage your mind by learning about the world around you. Learn how to simply stare at something and wonder about the intricacies of the subject. Little by little, you’ll notice your mind engaged more often on everyday mundane things, and your curiosity will bloom into a stronger mind as a result.

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