While multitasking may seem like a great way to get a lot done quickly, it turns out that people are actually rather bad at it. Juggling multiple tasks at once can dramatically cut down on productivity and makes it much harder to hone in on the details that are truly important.
Think of your attention as a spotlight. If you shine that spotlight on one particular area, you can see things very clearly. If you were to try to spread that same amount of light across a large dark room, you might instead only glimpse the shadowy outlines.
Try to give your full attention to one thing at a time.
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Start by taking several deep breaths while really focusing on each and every breath. When you feel your mind naturally begin to wander, gently and uncritically guide your focus back to your deep breathing.
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If the first set of statements seems more your style, then you probably already have fairly good concentration skills, but you could be even stronger with a little practice.
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Before you start working toward improving your mental focus, you might want to begin by assessing just how strong your mental focus is at the present moment.
Shift your attention to something unrelated to the task at hand, even if it is only for a few moments. These short moments of respite might mean that you are able to keep your mental focus sharp and your performance high when you really need it.
While it may sound obvious, people often underestimate just how many distractions prevent them from concentrating on the task at hand.
One way to deal with this is to seek out a calm location where you know you will be able to work undisturbed. The library, a private room ...
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One of the first steps is to recognize the impact that being distracted is havin...
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