Tips for a razor sharp concentration – whether you are at college, office, trying to close a deal or completing a project!
Concentration is the key to your performance at work and outside. The quality and the quantity of work that you can do almost always depend on your ability to concentrate. No matter how much effort you put in, if your brain is not up to it, you cannot be as productive as you want to be.
There are several factors that affect our concentration and a few might even be out of our control. However, mostly concentration is determined by our behaviour. So, even half-hour of concentrated effort can help you get more done than an entire day of distraction and multitasking.
Here are a few tips to get your brain functioning and help you excel at any activity you take up:
Silence is the matra
Distractions obviously don’t allow you to concentrate, but have you ever tried to actually cut them out? Yes it is tempting to check your e-mail once every five minutes, reply to every ping on IM or read every update on Facebook. But all this is only preventing you from concentrating. So, make a schedule. Check and answer your e-mails once a day. Inform your friends not to interrupt you as you are working on a big project. Also, go into the ‘do not disturb’ mode on IM and most importantly log off from FB.
You have to make sure what your goals are before you start work. If you are not sure what the end result is, it might be impossible for you to concentrate as you are confused. For example: If you are writing an article, make sure to have a mental picture of the structure or you might end up redoing a lot of work instead of progressing with the article.
Identify a path
If you are working on a huge project that needs a lot of work, it would be a good idea to identify a path so you are clear about the start and end point. If there is no sequence to your actions, you will find it difficult to concentrate. At the beginning of the day, take a few minutes to plan not just your end result but also the order in which you will get there. This can save you hours of wasted thinking.
A deadline will force you to concentrate. It will make you speed up your work and at the same time make it easier to forget the non-essentials. You will have to set a deadline for yourself if your time is limited. If you have just one day to finish a project that could take weeks, it into specific deadlines as this will help you do away with all that is not crucial.
You can also use a deadline to keep your tasks under control. For example: If you are designing a logo and the task could expand to have new features, a deadline will help you keep it simple and avoid working on extravagant designs.
A huge oily meal always slows down your mind and body. If maximising your ability to concentrate is your goal, eat light and healthy meals. Make loads of vegetables, fruits and whole grains a part of your daily diet. Keep a few carrots, cucumbers, energy bars or a salad to munch on in case you are running out of energy.
All our bodies have pent up energy which needs to be used. Exercising is the best way to improve your concentration and keep you active and alert through the day. It clears your head, gives you a chance to plan your day and also allows your body to sweat out impurities. Exercise at least 30 minutes in the morning to feel rejuvenated, cleansed and ready to face the day with vigour.
It has been awhile since im away from blogosphere again, and i’m here to update you guys.
This past few days i had been busy doing a lot of school work and a bit busy in some other things as well. And tomorrow we’ll be having a house blessing, i will try to post some of the photos of the house here or in multiply.
I think that’s it for today now. I’m already sleepy. Goodnight guys.