Focus is the key to success in learning. Learning is also the most important thing we have to do in this world. Learning does not just mean acquiring knowledge; It is a kind of ability that helps us to think better and make more accurate life decisions. “The lesson I have learned is that nothing can be ignored,” said Diane Sawyer, one of the world’s most successful and influential news anchors. But how can attention and focus be increased? In this text, 5 effective and practical points to increase concentration are revealed.
It does not matter if you are studying at school and need to be focused or if you are trying to be more focused in your busy office and get things done. You need to learn to focus to complete different projects or increase accuracy in one session and almost anywhere else.
1. The law of “five more”
People in the world fall into two categories: those who have learned to work through hardship and fatigue, and those who wish they had the skill. From now on, overcome all the fatigue and temptations while working with the “five more” rule. The rule is very simple: whenever you want to quit in the middle of work and, in other words, lose focus, tell yourself that I will get up in five minutes, read another five pages, or solve five other academic problems. I do and then I finish.
Runners are rejuvenated at exactly the right time and can continue to run, even though their bodies no longer seem to have the traction to run and, so to speak, do not slow down. You, too, should continue on the path when your will begins to play and is on the verge of diminishing, and do not let your concentration be distorted. When your mind is tired, try to stay focused. This is a way to develop the attention span and create mental stability; This means that it helps you to keep your mind ready and keep working.
۲. Focus on one issue
Have you noticed that when we are overwhelmed by our thoughts, we look confused? Thinking too much about several things at once can be confusing. To alleviate anxiety and confusion, a contract must be made with the brain, a contract that it will certainly welcome. Believe that the brain is very good at bribery and indoctrination. So bribe him. Instead of dwelling on different thoughts and concerns, tell yourself that I am thinking about the subject at a specific time.
For example, instead of drowning in workplace thinking about loans and lending, tell your brain that you will think about it at night; Instead, plan ahead and spend time thinking about your presentation to your management and presenting a project. For example, say that you work on your presentation from one to one and thirty minutes to have a eloquent and effective expression. Do not think of several things at once. This will result in nothing but confusion.
If you still can not get rid of many different thoughts, write them down on a piece of paper and postpone thinking about each one to the right time. By writing down your worries, you no longer have to put constant pressure on your brain and be in constant worry. By doing this, you have a prioritized list of your tasks that you will refer to in order to handle each task.
3. The Law on Combating Postponement of Work
Not feeling focused? Do you constantly postpone your work or project? Procrastination can lead to a lengthy and erosive process. For a long time, you will be involved in something that, if you decided to do it quickly, would end soon and its task would be clear. Each time you want to procrastinate, ask yourself three key questions:
- Is there a compulsion to do so?
- Do I want to finish this so that it does not occupy my mind anymore?
- Will postponing it make it easier to do so?
These questions will help you to be honest with yourself and remember that you are not shirking your responsibilities. Postponing things only makes you feel more guilty about not doing them. The fact is that the responsibilities are necessary, they do not disappear by procrastination, and their difficulty is not reduced. So instead of creating bad feelings about postponing them to another time, it is better to work faster and focus on getting things done.
4. The law of “focusing on specific angles”
Suppose the brain is a camera and our eyes are its lens. Most of the time, we are faced with several scenes that enter this camera through the lens. These scenes enter the brain in a wide view and we can enter all the images into our camera at the same time. Have you noticed, for example, that we can both drive and talk to our friends in the next seat and listen to the radio while paying attention to the road and other cars?
But to increase focus, we must learn to sometimes limit this wide angle. We need to be able to focus on a certain angle of what we see. Sometimes we need to focus 100 percent on something specific. So sometimes we have to wrap our hands around the eyes and limit the angle of view to the more important things that require concentration to understand.
Have you heard anything about “Pavlov’s dog”? Do you know the story of its conditioning? Pavlov was a Russian physiologist who experimented with the conditioning process in dogs. He fed the dog by ringing a bell. In fact, the dog was fed as long as the bell rang. This process was common for dogs; As he already knew, when the bell rang, food was waiting for him, and when he heard the bell, his saliva began to secrete.
To increase focus on specific items and reduce the angle of view with the lens of the eyes, you should also wrap your hands around the eyes and when you need to focus on a particular subject, limit the angle of view and the scope of the subjects of your mind. Each time you wrap your arms around your eyes to reduce the angle of view spiritually, your brain learns by conditioning that it is time to focus more.
5. The law of “looking for the first or last time”
To increase focus, you need to look at everything as if it were your first time or the last chance you can pay attention to it. The first visit or the last opportunity to meet is always accompanied by more attention and attention. For example, when you open your eyes in the morning, the eye pays close attention to the whole environment and receives all the information carefully; It seems to be the first time it has opened to the world. This will make you more focused.
With such care, your focus on the subject matter increases. Even if you look at things as if there is no more opportunity to see again, you will still be more careful. Do not let the various thoughts distract you in the moments of life. Confusion caused by the presence of the heart in several places reduces concentration.
For example, when you put your child to sleep in your arms, worrying about your tomorrow’s journey will cause you to miss the moment; As a result, you will not be able to feel the love that your child conveys to you. So focus on what you are doing and be fully aware of the moment. Pay attention to the moment as if you are experiencing it for the first time or as if it will not happen again. So once your mind has flown to another place, look around you and be thankful for what you have now and feel it with all your being.
Quotes about focus
- Emo Phillips, American stand-up comedian: “I thought the human brain was the most attractive part of the body, but now that I think about it, I come to the conclusion that what told me that? [کارْ کار خود مغز است. مغز برای خودش تبلیغ میکند؟ این جمله اشاره به اهمیت تمرکز دارد]. »
- Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter: “Iron rusts in unfavorable conditions, stagnant water loses its purity and freezes in the cold, lack of concentration and impracticality also sucks and destroys the sap of the brain.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher: بگو “Tell me what caught your attention to tell you who you are.”
- Rudyard Kipling: “It may be tolerable for me not to have shoes and clothes, but the loss of focus disturbs me.”
- “It’s not that I don’t want to listen to others,” said Paula Poundstone, an American stand-up comedian. Incidentally, I am also very interested. “The thing is, I can’t listen to them and concentrate, because I’m constantly talking.”