With instant entertainment and information, you rarely need to exercise much patience or concentration on anything. For instance, if a video takes too long to load, you change your mind and closeout. Many times, unfortunately, mind wandering can happen at the wrong moment, like when your boss is giving a presentation and asks you a question. How to stay attentive? In this article at Lifehack, John Hall explains practical ways to improve your focus.
How to Increase Your Attention Span?
Set Small Goals
To improve your attention span, you must set small and realistic goals. If you find it challenging to focus for more extended periods, try the Pomodoro method. Under this method, you must identify a task, set a timer for 5 minutes (depending on your attention span, you can increase or decrease the time), complete your task, and take a break. Add another 5 minutes to the timer each day to push your brain to focus for a longer duration.
Exercise not only improves your physical fitness but also helps you in increasing your focus. A study from the University of Illinois revealed that physical activity increases cognitive control. You can also consider taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day four or five times a week.
Keep Yourself Engaged
If you struggle to pay attention during meetings, try taking notes, or ask questions. Evidence shows that taking notes by hand improves concentration and listening than using a laptop or other device. Devices can distract your attention.
Meditation involves training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. The practice helps you in developing beneficial habits such as self-discipline and positive outlook. Studies have also indicated that meditation can improve focus and leads to improvements in sustained attention.
Start every day with a plan and commit to it. Own your attention. A lack of ownership of attention will only make you waste precious time. To read the original article, click on https://www.lifehack.org/885119/short-attention-span.