Why You Can't Focus - And How To Fix That
In today's world, being able to focus is almost like a superpower.
You rarely see anyone who's able to concentrate on a single task for hours.
And the individuals who are able to focus, to nobody's surprise, get so much more done than other people.
There are many areas where you could benefit from better concentration. Whether it's for school, studying, work or a hobby. If you're able to focus you can get your desired results faster.
So today I'll explain what's holding you back from focusing and what you can do to improve it.
In today's world, concentrating is like a superpower. You can hardly find someone who can concentrate on a task for a few hours. And those who can concentrate can do more things, Compared with other people who cannot concentrate. Better focus is beneficial to your development in all aspects, This is true regardless of school, study or hobby. If you can concentrate, you will get the desired result faster. So today I will explain why you have difficulty concentrating and how to improve this situation. You watch this video now is a manifestation of your procrastination, But I will make the time you watch valuable. Now take out your paper and pen, Make sure you write down the key points learned through this video, Doing so will help maximize the value of your delay time. Please pay attention from now on, because this will be a longer video. Let's find out. There are two types of concentration, Distract and focus. Distracted refers to the widespread distraction of attention, A typical example is this person in the video, who is engaged in multiple tasks at the same time. Cleaning the house while calling, while still cooking Or maybe the absent-minded person is doing the thing at hand But at the same time, something else was in mind. This is what most people do, They divert their attention to many different things. But the problem is when you distract, It is difficult for your brain to switch back and forth between different tasks. When you shift your focus from one task to another, this is not an instant shift. The opposite is that your brain needs to take what you are doing Load and save to your working memory. When you divert your attention frequently, You are forcing your mind to constantly load and reload work content. In essence, you divert your attention back and forth like this, wasting a lot of energy, It makes you not only get nothing done but also exhausted. On the other hand, we have focused attention. When you focus on a single task, this is focused attention. This should be your goal. The efficient person's attention is focused when doing things. Each time they focus on the same spot as the laser beam. Then they ignore other interference factors and try their best to accomplish one thing. So how can we avoid distractions? The method is very simple, You should avoid what may cause you to lose concentration Distracted things and disturbing factors. Let's look at this problem from another perspective. For example, if you have five sets of free time, This means you can use these five sets of time to do whatever you want. For example, you can spend all of this time on learning to achieve concentration Another example is when your mother walked into your room while you were studying Then tell you that dinner is just 45 minutes away. Even if your concentration was very concentrated at that time, you were only distracted for ten seconds, Your attention is still distracted. You will think of dinner in your head, so there is no way to concentrate as much as before. A set of concentrated time is spent on dinner instead of the original study Now you need to spend some time to restore the previous state of high concentration, And this will also waste your mental energy in this process. Now the interesting thing is that you may carry one with you at any time Something similar to your distracting mother. That is your mobile phone. This small device is the biggest interference factor. When you receive a new notification, it will sound and vibrate. The tiny sound it emits is enough to distract you from things that you should concentrate on. But even if your phone is silent, you are very likely When you are bored, pick up your phone to see, So it is also distracting you. Of course, this does not mean that you should throw away your phone or do anything similar. Instead, I just make a suggestion. When you want to concentrate, Put the phone in a place that won't bother you and you can't see it. Unfortunately, mobile phones are not the only thing that distracts you. Anything may distract your attention, but mobile phones may be the biggest criminals. The point is that you need to know the potential interference factors, and then avoid these factors if possible. Another factor that may affect your concentration is your physical state. This factor is rarely noticed. But if you want your brain to reach its optimal state, you should take care of your body. If you sleep less than 7 hours a day, it will be difficult to concentrate. On the contrary, the experiment proves that the sleep time reaches 7 to 9 hours, This will help to concentrate during the day. Physical exercise is also something that should be done daily. Dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and other neurotransmitters Helps to increase your concentration on difficult tasks. Speaking of exercise, it is not for you to run a marathon, It is enough to take a walk around the community. If you are walking in nature, the effect will be better. Hydration is also important. You may have noticed that when you wake up in the morning, Your thinking ability will be weaker than usual. One of the reasons is that you have not been drinking water for 8 hours or more, So you were already a bit dehydrated. Your diet also has a great influence on concentration. If you eat a lot of junk food or drink for a long time, This will cause some damage to your brain. High-sugar foods can cause difficulty concentrating without thinking clearly and paying attention. You should choose healthier food. So if you want to focus more easily, take care of your own body. Now let's see how to build attention. Concentrating is a skill. You can train how to focus your attention, just like sports training. The more you train, the easier it is to focus your attention. When you first started, maybe you could only keep your concentration for 10 minutes. But if you keep training, your ability to concentrate will continue to increase, You will be able to stay focused for longer. It doesn't matter if you can't concentrate for hours now. You can gradually train your concentration. The best way to train concentration is to devote special time every day, Come and seriously focus on a single task. In general, you should develop concentration into a daily habit. Many of us are waiting for a perfect one before trying to concentrate We feel very motivated ourselves, and the timing of the planets lined up. But that is the wrong way. On the contrary, it is better to have a dedicated time every day, Let you sit down and focus on one thing as long as possible. Then you will understand the preciousness of time and cherish time. The best concentration time is about 1 hour after you get up in the morning, Usually during that time you are completely awake, And there is nothing else in your mind that distracts you. Furthermore, during that time, there were no distracting factors that distracted you, It's also a good time to allocate and concentrate on your day. This time was fully utilized by many famous artists, writers and philosophers in history. What about noon? You see, if you have been busy for a long time, Then your attention has been distracted to many aspects, And your brain has been strongly stimulated. This is why it is easier to concentrate in the morning, After all, your mind has rested for 8 hours. So if you decide to focus on tasks with cognitive requirements at noon, For example, if you study, you will hardly be able to concentrate, Your brain may already think of many other things. So such attempts often fail, But this does not mean that you cannot concentrate on other hours later than the morning. You just need to stop stimulating your brain, You can achieve this through reasonable rest. Focus on something for a long time, And it is very difficult not to feel mentally exhausted. Whether it is distracting or focused, They are all exhausting, This is why you need to give your brain some rest time. However, many people often make mistakes at this time, Rest does not mean that you can take out your phone and then brush various social networking sites Like Instagram, Youtube or others. You are still stimulating your brain and thinking, So you are still consuming your energy, not regaining energy. What you should do is take a walk, meditate or take a short nap. These activities will help you to recover your energy, Because they do not stimulate your brain. I know these may sound boring, but you should allow yourself to experience these boring times Come and give your brain a break. Of course, spiritual short breaks are not just for Switch from distraction to concentration. It is also very useful for improving your concentration ability. To put it another way, you can imagine yourself running continuously for an hour. Then you have a fifteen-minute break before you need to run for another hour. You have two options: A) Sit down and rest quietly for 15 minutes. B) Use this 15-minute skipping rope and Bobby jump. Obviously you will choose option A because you do not want to make yourself more tired. After all, you want to save enough energy to run for another hour. In this case, concentration is actually the running example When you have been concentrating for an hour, it is unwise to stimulate the brain again. If you watch TV or browse various web pages, you will only make your spirit extremely tired So you should find one that suits you, non-irritating And activities that can rest your brain. Personally, my favorite is walking. Every time it helps me regain energy. The most perfect tool for linking concentration and reasonable rest today, It is Pomodoro Time Management. I have already done related videos before, but I would like to briefly introduce them here, It works like this, you choose a focused task, Then set the concentration time to 25 minutes, in this process you can only concentrate on your task, When the concentration time is over, you rest for 5 minutes before proceeding to the next concentration task. After you complete four 25-minute focused tasks, You will take a long rest, usually 30 minutes. Of course, this is not rigid, 25 minutes of concentration time and 5 minutes of rest time are only recommended times. You can set the time according to your preferences and the difficulty of the task. For example, when I ’m making a video, I usually set a 45-minute concentration time, Then a 15-minute break. So you should try and find out the best time combination for you. If you have insisted on seeing this part of the video, you are already great! Your concentration is better than most people ’s, Because this is a very long video. Now I will quickly summarize what I just talked about, First of all, There are two types of attention, distraction and concentration. You should pursue concentration and avoid distraction. second, The best way to stay away from distractions is to avoid distractions and everything else that distracts you. Every time you are disturbed, your attention will be lost accordingly. And your brain will continue to load these contents, making you continue to lose energy. third, Take care of yourself and keep your body healthy. If you want your brain to function properly, you need to keep your body healthy. This means you should keep enough sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, And eat more healthy food. fourth, Concentrating is a skill. If you can't do it now, it doesn't matter. You can train concentration, Just like your physical training, you will become more comfortable with time. fifth, Get into the habit of focusing. Do n’t always drink poisonous chicken soup without action, You should set a certain time every day to concentrate. Morning is the best time to concentrate, because then there are usually no distractions, And your brain doesn't have much to think about. sixth, Stop stimulating your brain. Meditation, walking or taking a nap, Give your brain a break, do n’t do things that stimulate your brain like browsing the web, This is extremely important if you want to concentrate at a later time. seventh, Regular rest. Concentrating will make you feel tired very quickly, So give your brain a little rest, so that you can focus better and longer. You need to make sure that you are really resting, not continuously stimulating your brain. eighth, Use Pomodoro Time Management. This is a perfect way to combine concentration and rest. If you don't find a better way, use this as a tool for your daily concentration. That's all for this video. Thank you for watching! Hope you like this video! If you like it, Please like this video and follow our subscription number. Hopefully, after watching this video, your ability to concentrate will improve compared to yesterday.