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  • Simply turn off your phone notifications or just switch the phone off, if you really want to concentrate. The world will not end and you can always catch up later.
  • If what you are concentrating on isn’t very interesting, your mind will wander to something else in a short while.
  • Don’t forget to take regular breaks!

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How To Concentrate: Distraction Is Also Needed

Distraction may seem not-so-great for productivity, but it is vital for your survival as well. Too much focus can be dangerous as we may miss potential changes and threats.

That being said, concentration happens best in total silence, especially in work that requires cognitive effort.

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Coffee shop noise is a pleasant backdrop for productive work and noise-cancelling headphones aid in better screening out unexpected noise.

Each person may have a varying 'concentration mileage' depending on the kind of work being done.

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One’s ability to concentrate is enhanced by having an efficient working memory, which needs to be exercised regularly.

Trying to remember stuff, and recalling numbers and listed items, increasing the numbers every week is a great way to improve our working memory.

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  • Office noise isn’t distracting if there is no speech involved.
  • Music without lyrics is less distracting than music which has lyrics in it. Music by itself is overrated as a concentration tool.
  • A gentle, coffee shop noise is great for productivity.

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How to improve concentration: 12 science based tips and more
  1. Train your brain. Playing certain types of games can help you get better at concentrating (sudoku, chess etc)
  2. Get your game on. Brain games may not be the only type of game that can help improve concentration
  3. Improve sleep
  4. Make time for exercise
  5. Spend time in nature
  6. Give meditation a try
  7. Take a break
  8. Listen to music.
  9. Try quitting on meat and animal products (evidence based)
  10. Drink caffeine- no problem if you wish to avoid it but studies do show caffeine can benefit your focus span
  11. Try supplemets for the following- b12, omega 3, folate, choline, vit k etc
  12. concentration workout such as doodling

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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 memory problems.
  • Your chemistry may be out of balance. Improper eating habits may make it harder to concentrate.
  • You might be distracted in some environments and less in others.

Being in tune with your tendency and current state of being can go a long way to helping you make adjustments to be able to focus on the important things.

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Noise in the office

The open office sitting plan in many organizations has made some people lament on all kinds of office-specific noise they hear, and the kind of noise their neighboring colleagues make.

Noise-like office chatter, coughing and sneezing, loud phone ringtones, and conversations are considered problematic for the majority of office goers.

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