10 Ways To Increase Concentration and Focus

Lucky are those people who can easily concentrate on the things that are going on infront of them.
Basically it's students or people who work on projects or others are the main who faces the problem with concentration.
I still remember when I was a student, my mother fed me all those kind of foods that would improve my concentration. But how much those foods were really effective in improving concentration, is still the question which I can't answer confidently.

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What I have understood is that,
in order to concentrate, it's important for you to have a practice of concentration or habit of concentrating on one thing at a time. That's when you will able to concentrate on things that matter to you without distractions.

There are many different strategies that can help you to improve concentration and be focused.

1.  Improve brain power

With the evolution of technology, many gadgets are performing the task that our brain should do. Definitely, gadgets have made our task easy. But somewhere we have lost the habit of allowing our brain to make efforts. For example - Calculator is helping us to solve complicated calculations by giving an answer in seconds but that is the actual task which our brain should do. This may not look like a bigger problem but easing our life has reduced brainpower.
Effort should be to improve brainpower that will help you to improve focus. So carry the activities that would help you. Play games like Chess, Tetris, Sudoku or try to solve riddles. These are the brain training games that can help you to improve cognitive function.

2. Exercise

Exercise is one of the best strategies that can help in improving concentration.
How it works? Exercise helps in improving blood flow and thereby improves our body's ability to use oxygen. These directly create an effect on our brain and increases the production of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that are considered as a natural painkiller. When we exercise, they help in creating positive effects on our mind and body and thereby relieving the tension, anxiety anger, and mild depression - The main reason for us to get distracted in our life.

3. Take a break

While working all day is important but no one can get concentration on the whole time. Working for hours can make your mind tired. Taking a break in between can help you to make your mind fresh.
Stretching for a moment or walking for minutes or getting out of office or room and getting the fresh air can help you to feel fresh and thereby improving your mood and ability to concentrate better.

4. Improve the quality of sleep

Concentration, as well as other cognitive skills like memory and attention, can be easily disrupted by sleep deprivation.
Sleep deprivation sometimes may not cause you too many difficulties. However, not getting enough sleep on a regular basis might have a negative impact on your mood and work performance.
Too less sleep can weaken your reflexes and hinder your ability to drive or perform other daily chores.

5. Meditation

Meditation is a kind of exercise to our mind just like how physical exercise is a must to keep our body healthy. Studies have shown that meditation can help people with better focus and concentration. When we meditate, we help our mind to learn to focus on one thing at a time. The result is that our ability to concentrate increases. Nothing can happen overnight, it depends on the daily practice of intense meditation and as your level of meditation increases, it will help you to gain a strong concentration habit.

6. Avoid multitasking

The idea of multitasking can make you feel that it's a great way to complete all work in a short time but when practiced in reality, it can create more problems for you. Multi-tasking leads you to distribute your concentration on all the work you are performing and thereby chances are there that none of the tasks get your full attention. This will result in not getting the expected result and waste the time. Whereas, working on one task at a time can help you to complete the work with full concentration and get the expected result. Instead of multitasking, you can divide your time between all the work that you will have to perform for the day and thereby follow the plan. This will show a positive effect on your work.

7. Reading

Scientists have proved that our brain changes and develop when we read. Reading involves other several brain functions, like visual and audio process, phonemically awareness, fluency, and comprehension. In other words, when you read, you keep all attention focused on the story to get a better understanding of it. Hence, reading helps in getting attention span and improve your concentration habits and get more focused.

8. Avoid distraction

Poor concentration can be lead by distractions that are happening around you. In order to concentrate on one thing. Make sure you plan things accordingly. Complete all the tasks before you start working or studying. There are many small tasks that arise when you are in the middle of the work and that leads you to get distracted. Though you may not be generally aware of this completing those tasks before sitting with your work can help you to concentrate on the work. Planning your day in advance can help you to get more organized and concentrate efficiently. Many among us have a habit of checking our mobile frequently and new notifications can divert our mind from work. To avoid this, keep your mobile on silent and away from your eyesight. Create the habit of checking your mobile in free time. This will not only keep your concentration high but will also save your time and complete your work before expectation.

9. Mindset

Your mindset also plays a very important role in your daily life. We tend to give much attention to the things that matter to us. Nothing of the above tips can work if you don't do the work or study with interest. Whatever is done forcefully without interest will never bring a positive result. So, in order to get concentration, give a thought on how important and serious that work is. And make your mind understand that working hard on it with full concentration can make you succeed. Changing mindset positively can help you to create interest in the work or studies and when you work on something with a full mind, chances are less that you will lose interest.

10. Be in the present time

When you're thinking about the past, worrying about the future, or tuned out of the present moment for some other reason, it's difficult to stay mentally engaged.
It's also important to be present in order to reclaim your mental focus. Staying focused on the present moment keeps your attention sharp and your mental resources focused on the elements that are most important at the time.
Work on learning to genuinely live in the moment, even if it takes some time. You can't change what occurred in the past, and the future hasn't happened yet, but what you do today can help you avoid making the same mistakes in the future and pave the way for a more prosperous future.

Concentration is the foundation to make all the possibilities true. Be it a student or youth, it is must be concentrated in efforts to get success. Staying concentrated all-time can actually help not only to complete the work but also to get done work well. These are the best techniques for concentration. Following these tips might help you to get more concentration and focus on increased productivity.

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