Improving concentration means being able to finish each of our tasks earlier, be it tasks related to work or to study. Are there ways to do this? Of course, yes, here are three simple techniques to improve concentration.
1) DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR CONCENTRATION? MAKE AN EFFORT
You may be thinking “Thank you very much”, but it really is so.
The mind must be trained. It is like a muscle. If you perform a series of abdominal exercises the most difficult to perform will be the exercises towards the end. Similarly, our brain, if it gets used to staying focused every day a few minutes longer than the previous day, it will “train” and become used to staying focused longer.
“The mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open”, was a saying that Einstein liked to say.
There is no need to overdo it, it takes two more minutes a day.
2) IMPROVE YOUR CONCENTRATION WITH THE TURTLE
The turtle is a beautiful animal, but this is not the point.
In our case it is a simple paperweight. If you are a fan of William Burroughs you can also use a monkey because it is not the object that is important.
The job of this paperweight is to remind you of priorities.
Always remember that our brains and our minds work better if we are focused on one thing at a time. Being multitasking is a beautiful feature for a mobile phone, not for a human being.
Therefore, place this paperweight on the papers that contain the tasks you will have to carry out later or on the books you will have to read later on.
Many psychologists recommend placing everything behind your back on a cabinet behind you. The goal is to keep your next job as far away from you as possible, thus preventing these tasks from distracting you from what you are doing at that moment.
3) THE TOMATO HELPS IMPROVE CONCENTRATION
The tomato technique is a strategy of focusing and time management invented in the 80s by Francesco Cirillo, a software developer.
“But what is it about?” my colleague asked me while I was talking about it. If you continue reading, I will explain it to you. This technique consists of concentrating on a single task for 25 minutes, at the end of which you have to take a 5-minute break. The basic rule of the tomato technique is that you cannot stop the activity before the timer is up and rings.
However, every 4 tomatoes you can give yourself a break of 15-30 minutes.
In other words, our tomato is nothing more than a small timer. Kitchen timers are fine but I do not recommend using the mobile phone as a timer because I am sure that between one timer and the next you will check notifications and various social networks. If this happens, at that point we can say goodbye to concentration.
Going back to our timer, when 25 minutes have passed, the alarm sounds indicating that you have access to your well-deserved 5-minute break. This is a great way to expand your attention span gradually and gradually.
4) SUPPLEMENTS TO IMPROVE CONCENTRATION
There are several dietary supplements on the market specifically designed to promote concentration.
Do they do miracles? No, they don’t do miracles. They won’t turn you into a machine. They won’t study or work for you.
Are they useful? Yes, if they contain the right active ingredients, they can give you a nice concentration kick.
One of the most practical is definitely Mind the Gum, a food supplement in the form of chewing gum containing 15 active components.