How to get your brain to focus: 6 tips to increase concentration

 Being able to focus, without being distracted for a longer span of time is truly an art and a skill that needs to be inculcated if you are determined to be victorious. Agaru tree has an exquisitely fragrant wood, which stinks when it comes in contact with water. When your mind is tainted with distractions, the same happens to you.

Nowadays, people have immense trouble paying attention and focusing on things. They are distracted almost all the time, thus ruining their capabilities. Students find it difficult to remember what they studied. Even in the work front, employees are facing troubles related to attention costing their companies millions. 

According to Udemy's survey, nearly 3 out of every 4 (75%) workers admitted being distracted while working. 16% claimed that they are distracted all the time.

"Wherever the focus and attention goes, the rest of the brain follows", said Amishi Jha, a Neuroscientist. You can stand out from the mob by doing things better than others. But you can't do it as long as you let your brain be a trash can.


In this article, we shall look into ways to develop a strong focus. So strong that you wouldn't let your brain look at either side of the path, no matter how shiny and shimmery they are.

Why are you unable to focus?

Here comes the first question. Why are you distracted?
It's very obvious that the reason for being distracted is being bombarded with information like emails, messages, gossips, social media, music, peer groups, expectations, goals, etc. 
What you are doing, basically, is ingesting unwanted things, maligning your brain. 

Whenever you do something, you are not only thinking about the present task but also are engaging your thoughts into something else which makes your task even tougher. And this happens all the time. So, you are practicing distraction nearly 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year!!!
And over time, you become so good at being distracted. According to the law of practice, you get better at what you practice.

Unfortunately, some of us are accustomed to it. But, there's still a way out. Keep scrolling.

The first step to improve your focus and concentration

How can you control a machine? By learning how it works. Isn't it?
The same is the case with your mind. So, the first step is to learn how your brain functions. Then it gets easier to control it. 
Many people complain that they feel motivated for a while after reading or watching something but can't bring themselves to do things. As rightly pointed by Dale Carnage, Our problem is not ignorance but inaction. We want things to work for themselves without involving our efforts. 
The significant thing to do is to take action and leave reluctance. Flush it away. Push yourself. Nothing worthwhile ever came easy. Our life is very much similar to video games, with disasters and monsters heading our way, impeding our path, and blocking our vision. The only difference is that we don't have three lifelines. We've got only one. Solitary one. It's the only chance we've got to make the best or the worst out of it. It solely depends upon your choice.

So, choose to be productive and focused. That's the first step. Once you have taken the choice, the rest will be easier. 

Tips to stay focused and pay attention

1. Doing one thing at a time. 

Imagine that you have 4 flashlights. Let us look into two situations. The first is pointing each in different directions. And the next is pointing all four in the same direction. 
The brightness would be more in the second scenario. The same is the thing with multitasking. When you do 4 tasks at a time, your concentration, focus, and energy are being divided and diverted in four different directions rendering you inane and not letting you do any task perfectly. 

Doing one thing at a time helps in increasing concentration and focus thus yielding the incredibly best results.

2. Dopamine detox/ fast

This is specially designed for those people who think that technology is their biggest distractor. 
Dopamine fast means solemnly renouncing things like social media, food, alcohol, etc which are pleasurable. This fast is done for a certain period of time, most commonly, 24 hours. The concept behind it is, when you stay away from unwanted things that consume your time, you get more time for yourself, to introspect, and to actually know what's happening in your life and how you could control it. Your focus is forcibly being laid on yourself. 
Dopamine fast can help you rewire your synaptic connections and reprogram your subconscious mind to focus on important things rather than wasting time on unnecessary thoughts.
It's scientifically proven and known to reap benefits that actually work. It's worth a try.

3. Wake up early.

Many successful people accredit their success to waking up early. 4 am would be the ideal time to do so. 
It gives extra 2-3 hours of time to do some things which you might not be able to do in the rest of the day. Have you known that less than 4% of the population only wakes up at 4 am?
Sadhguru says that something phenomenal happens in the cosmos between 3:20 and 3:40 am. He adds that it's the best time to tune with the cosmic vibrations and to tap into your subconscious mind. 

Waking up early not only gives you extra hours of time but also it's known to increase your focus and sharpen your concentration. 

4. Prioritising your goals.

We are human beings and we're never satisfied with 'one' thing. We always wish for more. It's quite common for us to have multiple goals. And it's good too. 
But, prioritizing them is important. You should be aware of your most important and least important goals and lay focus meticulously. Otherwise, things get messed up.
Let's say, you have a glass jar. And you have big rocks, pebbles, and sand. If you put the rocks first, then the pebbles, and then the sand, each fits in properly. But, what if you reverse the order? What if you put the sand first?
Obviously, there would be no place for rocks. 
What I mean to say is focus on what is important to you.

5. Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation is the process of rhythmic breathing, and letting go of worldly affairs by concentrating on only one image.
Your mind drifts off and wanders. You bring it back. It drifts off again. You bring it back again. This continues. But only in the beginning. As you progress, you can concentrate better. 
You are forcibly forcing your mind to stay in the present moment. 
And be receptive to your senses. Keep your eyes wide open. Stay in the now. Pay attention to the simplest of the tasks that you do often. The best way that I'd suggest is to eat something pleasurable. Dive into its delicious savory.  Let your taste buds sense the taste. And when you are eating, do not think about anything else than your food. Don't you think it's fabulous to practice mindfulness this way?

6. Eat healthy.

There is a rigid connection between what you eat and the way your brain functions. As the saying goes, you are what you eat.
Eat healthy food. Include fruits, veggies, and probiotics in your diet and make sure it's balanced with all kinds of nutrients. If required take supplements and do not miss out on vitamin D.

Your brain can't focus properly if there is any kind of trouble in your body. Adapt to healthy eating habits. Stay away from junk food. Most importantly stay away from alcohol, tobacco, and other narcotics.

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