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4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility

Our attention is fragile

Research indicates our mind wanders 50 percent of our waking hours. Internal and external distractions easily disrupt our attention from the task at hand.

To gain control over our attention and keep it stable, one solution is trying mindfulness training.

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Mindfulness meditation

It is based on Buddhist traditions and it's described as "the non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment."

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How meditation works
It  works through a combination of several distinct mechanisms:
  • Attention regulation. Focused attention for an extended period of time.
  • Body awareness. Paying attention to surroundings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
  • Emotion regulation. Learning to observe your thoughts and accept them without reactive judgment while refraining from the habitual response.
  • Change in perspective on the self. 
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There was a man riding on a horse. When a man walking on the road asks him where he is going, the rider replies, “Why are you asking me? You should ask the horse.”

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Emotional Intelligence

The ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions. -Salovey and Mayer (1990)

Emotional Mastery

It manifests itself in the kind of statements we make about ourselves, in relation to our emotional skills and success.

Qualities such as confidence, awareness and optimism, come under the umbrella of emotional intelligence. 

The hardships of stating focused 

We have trained ourselves to be continuously distracted and find it's hard to stop doing it.

  • Some are distracted because of sensory or visual processing problems, slow processing or me...
You can change your attention span

To get better at concentrating, start small.

  • Choose only one task or point of focus. Clear all other things away or shut them down.
  • Look at your environment. Do you work better in silence or with ambient noise? Is your chair comfortable enough?
  • You can also train yourself to be more mindful by focusing on your breath or any other sensation for three minutes.
Be compassionate with yourself

If you're distracted because of internal turmoil, be kind to yourself. Remind yourself that's what's going on. Talk about it to someone or just to yourself.

If you do get distracted, notice it and gently bring your attention back.