Family worries, work emergencies, fear of failure… It’s often impossible to concentrate. And yet, you have to complete this difficult project, prepare for this sensitive interview or finish that term paper. You need to clear your head, right now, and harness your neurons and energy.
But how exactly can you increase your ability to focus and be attentive, whatever the situation? Verywellmind’ Sam Horn suggests 5 focus tips to help you maintain concentration whether you’re studying in a classroom, working in a busy environment, or sitting in a meeting.
F = Five More Rule
Whichever task is giving you a hard time, just do 5 more.
O = One Think at a Time
Assign a single task to your mind to avoid thinking about another preoccupation.
C = Conquer Procrastination
Ask yourself 3 questions to provide you the incentive to tackle or complete a task.
U = Use Your Hands as Blinkers
Place your hands around your eyes in order to achieve 100% concentration.
S = See As If For the First or Last Time
Give full attention to whatever you’re doing at this moment, and be completely present.
Just as runners get their second wind by not giving up when their body initially protests, you can get your “second mind” by not giving up when your willpower initially protests. Continuing to concentrate when your brain is tired is the key to S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G your attention span and building mental endurance.
For more details on each of these focus tips, read Verywellmind’s post.