Improve your concentration – Text for reading comprehension
What can you do to improve your concentration?
Have you ever found yourself sitting at your computer with your mind drifting away from your work and onto something unrelated to the task at hand, such as what you are going to cook for dinner or how badly your soccer team played last night? If so, you are not alone. Many of us suffer from lapses in concentration, which lead to tasks taking longer than they need to. But what can we do to help keep our minds focused?
One of the easiest steps you can take is avoiding multi-tasking.
Multi-tasking is working on many things at one time. This could be working on a project while trying to catch up on emails or talking on the phone while trying to make lunch.
Most people believe that multi-tasking can help them finish something quicker. However, usually the opposite is true. Trying to accomplish too many things at one time is counterproductive. By not focusing on one job at a time, you force your brain to pull itself in many different directions. This leads to mental tiredness, stress, and sloppy work. A feeling of being overwhelmed sets in, leading to a state of unhappiness.
So, what can you do?
First, try to finish one task at a time. This is called mono-tasking. Do not spread yourself too thin. By focusing your energy on finishing one thing at a time you can improve the quality of your work. You will also finish faster.
Try working for a short period of time. The human mind works best in 20-minute intervals. Working in short bursts of time, makes it less likely to become distracted. This makes it easier for you to focus on the essentials, and in the end deliver better work.
Don’t forget to schedule regular breaks. Working through a break or skipping lunch might sound like a good idea. However, attention levels and decision making slow down when you don’t take some time to unwind. Get away from your desk for a while. This will help refresh your thought process.
Block interruptions around you. Turn off text messages and notifications on your phone or devices. This will allow you to work uninterrupted.
Also, figure out what time of the day you work best. Some of us are night owls and concentrate better after dark. While others are early birds and work best in the morning.
Don’t forget the basics. Get plenty of sleep, eat well and exercise your body. Try one or all these methods and see if your concentration improves.