5 Simple Hacks To Boost Your Powers Of Concentration

Get Doodling

Get Doodling

Believe it or not, studies have shown that simple doodling can help to increase your powers of concentration. I know it might seem like it's pretty much a direct display of the complete opposite, but it's true.

While you're indulging a little of your inner creativity, you're also allowing yourself some valuable regenerative thinking time. Even when you're in a lecture or business meeting, you will actually pick up more if you're doodling at the same time.

It's just that, the person speaking probably won't see it that way. I mean, you could always point them towards the research...

Make Yourself A

Make Yourself A

We're all familiar with the concept of a "to-do" list and the benefits involved. Everyone knows that this helps your productivity as you check off tasks as they are completed. But what about a list of things that you shouldn't do?

Firstly, what you need to do is identify the things that stand in the way. Next to your to-do list, write down the biggest barriers between you and concentration on the tasks at hand (anything that has you procrastinating - maybe start with Facebook).

You'll glance at the things you shouldn't be doing as you go through those you should, reminding yourself to keep your eyes on the prize throughout the day.



Take Your Mind Away For A While

Take Your Mind Away For A While

Just because you're spending all day on a task, doesn't mean you're giving it your all. It's far better to give it your full attention when your mind is prepared to give it. So, in order to get in the right head space, it really is a great idea to go do something completely different for a little while before coming back to the task.

For some people, exercise is where it's at. But that might not work for you (or rather, you're not prepared to work for it), in which case, even a quick call to chat with a friend will help you take your mind elsewhere so it can come back stronger.

Chew Gum

Chew Gum

It's true. Studies have proven that chewing gum helps you concentrate and maintain focus during a continuous activity. I guess it really depends on present company. I mean, you don't want to be chewing gum in the company of those who might expect a little respect, but if you've got a task to complete, chewing gum will help you get it done.



Meditation

Meditation

We've all heard about how meditation can help us with stress levels, whether we decide to take it up or not. But it can also help with building your ability to concentrate, if you adopt meditation as a regular thing.

In learning how to be "present" during meditation, essentially what you are actually doing is harnessing your powers of concentration and training your mind to focus. Think of it as a gym for the mind.