Here are some quick examples of how to check and practice your concentration:
- Take a book and count the words in any paragraph. Then count again checking if the results match. Later you can progress to two, three paragraphs and a whole page.
- Count backwards in your mind from 100 to 1.
- Choose an inspiring word or phrase and repeat it in your mind for 5 minutes.
Concentration is important in everyday life. Scientists discovered that the ability to stay focused can be an important indicator of a person’s future success. Many influential and hugely successful people like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates stressed the power of simplicity and focusing on priorities. As an old Zen proverb says: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat”. This quote is not only about walking or eating. It describes an approach to life. It simply states that the most important thing is to focus your attention on present activity. In that way you can achieve the best results. So what is concentration and why can you have problems with it?
Definition of concentration
Concentration is the ability to think carefully about something you are doing and nothing else. It means control of the attention. It is the ability to focus the mind on one subject, object or thought and at the same time exclude from the mind any other unrelated thoughts, ideas, feelings and sensations.
Unfortunately you can get distracted often. At work the temptation to read an email, to answer a phone, to respond to a tweet or instant message, to make a coffee or talk to a friend can destroy your schedule, force you to move meetings or be late with completing your projects. Your brain becomes quickly overworked. Instead of focusing on one task you skip from one to another, becoming less effective and losing concentration.