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How to Improve Concentration.........?

Vikas Marele (CA in Service) (1144 Points)

31 March 2011  

One major snag in any time management plan is the ability to stay focused

throughout the day. Have you ever had days where you just couldn’t

seem to keep it together and found yourself running in circles and

getting nothing done?

 

Poor concentration is one common reason for a scattered mind-set. If

your mind isn’t as strong and alert as it could be, you won’t be able to

focus clearly for extended periods of time. Mental exercises can help

because they strengthen your ability to concentrate, and will improve

your focus over time.

 

Here are 3 good exercises that can help you create a strong, clear focus

and of course these are answer to your question how to improve

concentration:

 

1)Strengthen concentration : Twice a day, practice holding a specific

object in mind steadily for 5 to 10 minutes. The item should have some

detail that you can imagine, but it should also be simple to “see” it in

your mind. Some good examples: an apple, a pencil, the face of your

child or pet, your house as it looks from the outside, and so on. Choose

something you won’t have trouble picturing, but something that requires

you to focus in order to see it clearly. Call up a strong mental image of it,

and then try to keep your focus on the object for a full 5 or 10 minutes

without losing your focus.

This is hard to do at the beginning because your mind is probably

untrained. Random thoughts and pictures may keep popping in and

you’ll have to keep pulling your attention back to the object again. Don’t

let this stop you! Remember, the only reason you struggle with this is

because you don’t have a strong ability to focus yet. As you keep working

at it daily, you’ll notice that you find it easier and easier to concentrate.

The stronger your ability to concentrate during your focus sessions, the

more you’ll notice you’re not having trouble concentrating at other times

either. Could this be the first major step in how to improve concentration?

 

2)Empty your mind : Another focus-killer is a head full of scattered

thoughts. You know those days when you’ve got a million things going on

and you’re trying to remember them all at once and you keep forgetting

things anyway? Emptying your mind can do wonders for scattered

thoughts! Before you do this exercise, first make a list of everything you

can think of that you need to remember. This will help you feel more

comfortable about releasing your scattered thoughts.

Then, set aside 5 or 10 minutes to focus on quieting your thoughts.

Though this exercise is called “empty your mind,” you really can’t

completely empty your mind of thoughts. Your thoughts will keep on

flowing through your mind the whole time. However, you can detach and

simply let them pass by. You become an observer of sorts, watching your

thoughts flow by. You’re aware that you’re having thoughts, but you

don’t latch on to them and start actively “thinking” about them. You

simply sit in a space of peace and being while your thoughts flow calmly

past. This experience is hard to describe, but once you master it you’ll

have discovered a powerful technique for releasing stress and improving

your focus in a very short period of time! How to improve

concentration tips might be easy at first sight, but they are much more

difficult to do.

 

3)Visualize for practice : If you’ve got an important goal or task coming

up and you’re feeling unsure about your ability to do it, visualize it first!

Many studies have been done on the power of visualization, and the

general consensus is that performing tasks and activities mentally over

and over again is equally as effective as performing them physically! That

means that visualization can serve as a powerful practice session that

helps you master anything – including better time management!

Try visualizing yourself staying balanced, calm and focused throughout

the course of your day, easily handling any surprises and interruptions,

and feeling happy and proud of yourself at the end of the day. Visualize

yourself giving a successful speech, getting better at sports activities, or

anything else you want to master. The trick is to go through it completely

in your own mind, seeing and feeling what you would see and feel while

it’s really happening. The more you do this the more proficient you will

become at it and the more you’ll start seeing results in your physical

activities.

 

Hope these tips helped you in seeking the answer for how to improve concentration.


 37 Replies

Vikas Gupta (CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT) (16295 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

Very good article..

CA.ViVeK M ACA (ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT) (28514 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

Good and nice article... It will helpful to the students as a whole

MS SAMEER (CMA*CA*CMDM*ast FUND MANAGER*LEGAL ADVISOR)   (14938 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

NICE                                    


(Guest)

Tips are very helpful for one who is poor in concentration and less remembrance power.

Thanks for sharing.

shashidhar (article assisstance) (40 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

good one,,,

Vikas Marele (CA in Service) (1144 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

Thanks 2 all........

1 Like

sanjeev (student CA CS) (295 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

nice article .........thanks for sharing ,keep wr,,,,,,

Arniv Sharda (CA Final) (3006 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

very nice article sir

keep sharing

cheers

Sreya (******************) (131 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

Very Useful.....

Thanks

CA Shammi Prabhakar (Managing Director) (2066 Points)
Replied 31 March 2011

NICE ARTICLE...

radhika agarwal (pcc student) (169 Points)
Replied 01 April 2011

nice 1  n helpful......thnx 4 sharing


(Guest)

VERY NICE.... you can also check this  3 Exercises that imporves concentration

Thenmozhi (CS Professional Student)   (32 Points)
Replied 01 April 2011

Nice Article.........?It is very helpful not only for the exams ,help to achieve our goals too.Thanks

Pradeep Kumar (Article, CA Final) (227 Points)
Replied 01 April 2011

very good sir


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