At many times of the day, I’m sure we are all in need of a time when we could use deep concentration to get tasks done. It easier said than done, but with a few tools, you can improve this process with real positive results.
Why is improving your focus important?
Get more done in less time – Always complaining about not having enough time in your schedule. A task that can normally take a while can be done much more efficiently with deep focus.
Do things better – With the improvement of concentration, the brain can more quickly move to a creative state to solve problems, redirect distraction quicker and improve quality of output.
Self-Rewarding – When you accomplish things faster and better quality, it gives you and your peers more confidence in your work and feeling of self-worth as a reward.
What are tools to improve my concentration?
When it comes to improving focus and concentration for study or deep work, most people turn to caffeine for the mind energy whilst others need to lock themselves in a room. Here are some of my favorites techniques:
Tidy Environment – Where ever you are doing your task, ensure it is as clean and tidy before you start. Less mess = less distraction = more production. For example, if you working at a desk, remove all unnecessary items, loose papers, boxes and junk. If you in a work shop, organise tools for the task and have a clean work bench.
Focus Meditation – Along with a regular daily meditation, before I have a task where I know I’m going to need all my focus, I try to clear my head with a quick counting meditation just before I start.
- Sit or stand in the location where you are just about to start work. Acknowledge the environment around you and take a deep breath in and out.
- Close your eyes or if you are at a place of work and don’t feel like closing your eyes, look down at your desk or floor
- Then count in your head your deep stomach breaths up to 10. 1 in, 2 out, 3 in, 4 out and so on.
- Once complete, look at the task or task list and get into it.
Task list – Its important before you go into to a deep state of concentration to have your task or lists of tasks written down ideally before you even do your pre-meditation. Its important if you have multiple tasks, ensure you only do one at a time and cross it off when the task is complete.
Set a time limit – Setting a time limit for each task drives the production side of your brain to subconsciously stimulate focus. Don’t set ridiculously short time limits and don’t make them too long. If it’s a large task that is going to take hours, break it up into 30-45min chunks. This will ensure you get a breather between parts and proper breaks.
Break times are important on large tasks, this ensure you are getting proper hydration, nutrition and mind rest. I normally get some water, go for a quick walk around the block or just get outdoors if I’m behind a desk.
Limit your break time to 10 minutes and try to schedule the task to be complete before or way after a large meal. If you feel you’ve lost your focus mojo after your break, do the quick Focus Mediation again.
Remove Distraction – Set phone to Don’t disturb, turn off all notification (email, social media and web browsing) and only use tools that help get your task done to reduce procrastination.
If you are in a busy office, put a small ‘Please don’t disturb sign between 10-11am’ at your desk. Where headphones which deters common interrupters, or get out of your office and work in a library or park if you can.
Also, make sure you have everything you need to do the task at your disposal. This will reduce diverting away from the task.
Music and Binaural Beats– I have certain music which helps me stay in the concentration groove, its generally the same albums which I play on repeat, when my brain hears them, it knows I’m going into focus mode.
The most profound tool I’ve used to help me get into deep concentration are Binaural beats. They seem to induce focus very quickly and set my mind into work mode.
What are Binaural beats?
Binaural beats are sound waves to put the brain into a relaxed or alert state. Binaural beats in the alpha frequencies (8 to 12 Hz) have increased alpha brain waves to go into deep relaxations. Binaural beats in the beta frequencies (typically 16 to 24 Hz) produce increased concentration or alertness.
I found that Binaural beats work better on some headphones than others. I found this is something to do with air pressure that the earphones creates.
Exogenous enhancements – Supplements and nootropics can give some added mind energy to increase focus. I don’t use these all the time but they certainly do help when extra tired or lacking on focus.
Even teas and coffee are a cost-effective way to stimulate an environment of productivity and concentration. I think coffee is the most commonly used but can have the most side effects on the body.
Exercise your body – Moving the body and getting the blood pumping before and during breaks of your deep absorption for work can provide major improvement in mental performance. There are new studies everyday highlighting the importance of exercise and brain benefits.
Hope this information ensures you achieve brilliant focus and concretion for your next tasks.
Do you have any special tip for focus? Please add them to the comments below.