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10 Ways to Increase Your Concentration

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  1. Understand what concentration is: “Concentration is taking your mind off many things and putting it on one thing at a time.”
  2. Decide what you want to concentrate on. In many ways, you become what you focus on — that is, you take on some of its characteristics. Have you ever noticed how couples who have been married for many years start to look like each other, or how people often come to resemble their pets, their cars, their hobbies, or their work projects?
  3. Watch other people concentrating. Go see a good action movie. In the middle of it, look around at the people in the theater. What are they doing? They are absolutely still, eyes barely blinking, and their breath is slower. It would take a really major distraction to break their attention stream. These physical signs may give you a hint about ways to increase your own concentration abilities.
  4. Avoid constant sensory input. Multi-tasking (trying to do more than one thing at a time), loud noises, and visual stimulation (such as from a T.V.) make concentration much more difficult, and being around them or doing them too much can put you into a habit of non-attention which can be hard to break.
  5. Make it a point to put your full concentration on whatever you are doing. Don’t let anything distract you. It really helps to be in a quiet place, but you can learn to block out noise if necessary.
  6. Stay calm. Deep concentration is a matter of increasing or directing your life-force or conscious, cosmic energy. The more of this kind of energy you have, the better. Scattered energy doesn’t help. It must be calm, focused energy. Learn to be calmly concentrated and be concentratedly calm.
  7. Learn techniques to increase and control your energy. One such technique is Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises. Controlling your energy is an important first step toward the ability to concentrate deeply.
  8. Take breaks. Go outside and breathe deeply or take a brisk walk. Make yourself do this often and you’ll be able to return to your task recharged and ready to focus more creatively.
  9. Learn to meditate. Meditation is the most powerful of all concentration enhancement techniques. Learn a few simple meditation techniques and practice them at least five minutes daily.
  10. While meditating, watch your breath — don’t control it in any way, just observe. This teaches you to focus your mind on one thing at a time. As you observe your breath, it will slow down, along with your mind (this is a scientifically well-documented), and you move into a dynamic, peaceful (but not sleepy) state of being. Your mind will become recharged and creatively receptive.
 

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42 Responses

  1. Shrilata says:

    Nice one !!

  2. lokesh k says:

    These steps are very nice to get quick enhancement on concentration skills

  3. ankur damle says:

    main topic how to concentrate is still mising . i m serching most effective and fastest way to grow concentration which will help to meditate. if we say meditation is the way to develop concentration then we face a question how to meditate without concentration

  4. Bukky Awodiran says:

    This has been most educative.

  5. It is a nice package but am still lacking the materiality of your lessons, for instance if you tell me to learn and practice some physical and mental energization techniques (7), please tell me some of the examples, a material thing I can do.

  6. laxman says:

    i study though i can’t remember

    • Nabha Cosley says:

      Hi Laxman, there are lots of techniques to improve your memory. We don’t teach them at Ananda — we specialize in recovering your soul’s memory of who you are :) — but websites like MindTools (http://www.mindtools.com) have a great collection of tips to help you memorize lists, foreign languages, or other information. I’ve used some of those techniques and they are pretty effective.

      Just remember, understanding something deeply and knowing the facts are two different things.

  7. priyanka agarwal says:

    i really liked it and pkz give me some suggestions to concentrate on my studies

    • Nabha Cosley says:

      Priyanka, probably the biggest thing for most students would be to create an environment that helps you concentrate: find a quiet place by yourself (if you can) and remove as many distractions as possible: cell phones, instant messaging, snacking, etc.

      If this isn’t possible, you could listen to music with headphones to help you create a little bubble of isolation. It’s best if the music does not have words, as words would tend to engage the same part of your brain that you use to read and do other studies.

      Above all, don’t multi-task — you won’t be doing yourself any favors; and try to remove as many temptations to multi-task as you can.

      Best of luck!

  8. Rishi says:

    I just can’t study and i never studied with focus before…

  9. I failed to concentrate in my studies my head is full of things plz i want to get them out bt how

  10. Robin says:

    Thank you for your great ideas

  11. Med says:

    this is very helpful … TNX

  12. sia says:

    nice one but isnt there any more methods to gain concentration

    • Nabha Cosley says:

      There are other methods of course, but we’re just listing the ones we think are most effective.

      Meditation is probably the most powerful item on the list here — if you don’t already practice it, try it for a while and I bet you’ll notice a difference.

  13. Biplab says:

    I would like to have more info about this issue
    thanks

  14. suyog says:

    i am not getting concentration

  15. plz update concentratn power t i
    ncrease

  16. vijet says:

    I got good points.. thank you

  17. unaisvt says:

    superrrrrrrrrrrrr

  18. Vinaypasad says:

    I can’t concentrate to learn maths. I am msc maths student.but in degree i am a topper .
    I have no interest to study. Plz help me any one. How to get my study interest again..
    How i wil bcome a topper.
    My concentrate on watching tv.

  19. SUHAS says:

    Nice steps thanks

  20. sharon says:

    i was an excellent student before but nowadays i’m not the topper in my class anymore.so plz help me and tell me how to bring back my focus..my greatest asset is i have a great memory and aptitude when im in full cocentration mode.

  21. Gavish says:

    Superb if u hv any tips to avoid mistakes in my office work please send a mail on my id

    • Nabha Cosley says:

      Gavish, I’ll reply by email as well, but here are some thoughts:

      Concentration will certainly improve your performance. I also work in an office and occasionally make mistakes. Here are a few things I find that help:

      1. Be organized: Use a task management system like David Allen’s Getting Things Done, which will help you stay on top of everything and not forget to do things. It may also help you relax.
      2. Be realistic: Watch yourself to learn what causes you to make mistakes, and avoid those things. One way to analyze the cause of mistakes is a technique called The Five Whys; you can learn about it here. You may find, for example, that being in a hurry or having to multitask tends to cause you to make mistakes. If so, you are not alone! See what you can change in your environment to help you focus better on one thing at a time. Some things, like unplugging your phone or working from home, may need buy-in from your boss, but it’s worth having the discussion with him or her to see what is possible.
      3. Ask for help: Get a second set of eyes to look at what you’ve done, if that’s an option. Writers need editors; professional athletes need coaches; you might need someone to help you with quality assurance.
      4. Stay calm: Everything is easier if you stay calm. :)

      Swami Kriyananda wrote a series of lessons on achieving Success and Happiness that was aimed in part at office workers, and which you may find helpful in general: Success and Happiness Through Yoga Principles.

  22. issa kabuka says:

    its very usefully,

  23. S.Silambarasan says:

    i need simple exercise for developing concentration

  24. khaleel says:

    i cannot concentrate in my college classroom

  25. satya says:

    it’s very good to&very use i deffenetly follow ur suggetions. thank u

  26. sundeepti says:

    thanq for these tips..

  27. sonali sharma says:

    hmmm
    ……. thaaaankxxx yeaaa … now i ‘ll be able to concentrate after joining ur words ;-) thaankuu

  28. pooja says:

    plz help i hv nly 1 n half mnth to study bt ny prblm is m damn slow i cnt catch my sylbs…plz gv me sm tips or any.kind of sugtns..plz plz…m waitng :’(

    • Nabha Cosley says:

      Pooja, not sure I understand your question with all those missing vowels, but I’d suggest the same thing as I have before: create an environment that helps you concentrate. Turn off your cell phone (if you have one), television, music, etc., and just do your best to focus.

      People read and learn at different speeds. Speed-reading courses exist and have helped people improve, but since you only have two weeks left, you probably just have to accept the rate at which you learn and spend more time studying.

      If you want inspiration, you might want to read Chapter 10 from Autobiography of a Yogi, in which Yogananda receives divine help in passing his examinations.

  29. j.karuppusamy says:

    i have love failiar. so you give ideas pleace remain my concentration

  30. Rupesh kumar says:

    Good tips i’ll must try this.

  31. Saumyaranjan says:

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  32. indra says:

    I will be thankful if I get new post update at my imail box.