5 ways to increase your concentration skills

First published April 16, 2022, 4:32 PM IST

If you’ve ever struggled to complete a difficult task at work, prepare for a critical test, or work on a challenging project, you may have wished you could improve your ability to concentrate. Here are 5 ways to improve your focus:

If you’ve ever struggled to complete a difficult task at work, prepare for a critical test, or work on a challenging project, you may have wished you could improve your ability to concentrate. Here are 5 ways to improve your focus:

Use games to train your brain

Certain types of games can help improve your concentration. Sudoku, crosswords, chess, puzzles, word searches or scrambles, and memory games are all recommended. Brain training games can also help you improve your working and short-term memory, as well as your processing and problem-solving skills.

Get enough sleep

Sleep deprivation can easily damage concentration, more so than other cognitive processes like memory and attention. Occasional sleep deprivation may not cause you too many problems. However, not always getting a good night’s sleep can impact your mood and performance at work. Being too tired can even impair your reflexes and impair your ability to drive or perform other daily tasks.

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Meditation

Meditation is beneficial for a multitude of reasons. It reduces tension, promotes relaxation and has the potential to increase your attention span. According to studies, it increases gray matter in the brain, which improves memory and cognition. To reap the benefits of meditation at work, start your morning with a brief meditation practice. Meditation can be as simple as sitting up straight in bed and focusing on your breath for a few minutes.

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Avoid distractions

Eliminating distractions isn’t always as easy as it sounds. While turning off the television or radio may be as simple as turning it off, dealing with a co-worker, spouse, child, or roommate interrupting you can be much more difficult. To reduce or eliminate these internal distractions, make sure you are well rested before activity and use positive thinking to counteract fear and worry. If your mind drifts to distracting ideas, intentionally bring it back to the task at hand.

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Exercise

Although aerobic exercise is recommended, doing what you can is better than doing nothing at all. You may want to exercise more or less depending on your own fitness and weight goals. If you don’t have time to exercise or don’t want to join a gym, try to find interesting ways to include it in your daily routine. If you want to improve your concentration organically, try to spend at least 15-20 minutes outside each day. You can take a short walk in a park. Sitting in your garden or lawn can also be beneficial.

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