When it comes to brain power, most people think their two main problem areas are memory and concentration.
In this post, we will focus on concentration and help you get into tip-top form. Below are 6 simple ways you can use to improve your concentration.
How to improve your concentration
Have you ever found yourself lost for words when you are reading a book, or listening to a lecture or in a meeting, or when you are unintentionally day dreaming, and suddenly think: “Oh no, I haven’t taken in a thing that’s been going on for the last 15 minutes?”
If you have, don’t worry. Here’s the solution.
Stop worrying about losing concentration. You haven’t lost it. For example, in that lecture or meeting, what actually happens is that you concentrate on the first things said, after which you concentrate on a bird flying by the window, after which you concentrate on the fidgeting of the person opposite you, after which you concentrate on a daydream. Throughout the entire time, you have been concentrating!
The problem is not, therefore, your concentration or your alertness. It is your focus and direction.
What you need to do is to learn techniques that will enable you to maintain control and there are many ways to do this.
Ways to improve
Here are some ways you can improve your concentration:
Imagination: When you improve your creative imagination, you will automatically improve your brain’s alertness. This will improve concentration.
Intuition: By developing your intuition through the expanded use of your senses, your seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching will all become more finely tuned and sharp.
Reaction: Try to develop your speed of reaction. You can do this by quickly scanning the scenes in front of you when you are traveling and seeing how much you can ‘take in’ in a few seconds. You can also play mental games such as speeding through the memories of your previous day or week.
Fitness: Become aerobically fit. Aerobic fitness refers to the ability of your heart to pump blood through your body. Your heart beats on average 36 million times each year. It pumps 600,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries. If you train your heart to be more healthy by doing aerobic exercises (swimming, running, cycling etc.), your body and your senses become stronger and more alert.
Sexiness: Finally, constantly bear in mind that when you are mentally healthy and alert, you are more sexy. A recent survey of top-selling romance writers all said that sexiness is equated to mental alertness, humour, intelligence and brightness.
Love makes not only the world go round, it can also make you more mentally alert – and vice-versa. What better motivation do you need to improve your concentration?
Buzan, Tony. “Boosting Your Concentration.” Adapted with permission.