There are times when we just can’t clear our heads and focus on one task at a time. Multi-tasking just divide our thinking power into the different tasks but when we focus on one task at a time, we can focus all our brain-power onto it. But, how can we do just that? I don’t consider myself a master of this skill but I have noticed that the following 5 things help you tremendously to focus on one task.
1. The Rewards Of Your Task: By thinking about what you might get in return for whatever you are doing, you are encouraged to do it. For example, how we all love to get straight As in exam and so, if you are studying and stupid thoughts keep crashing in your head, then just think about those long holidays you are gonna get, what are you gonna do in them, the prospect of getting straight As. In fact, thats how I spent the whole of April and May. Focusing on my CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). However,some tasks might not have much of a reward. Like finishing your homework. So think about what benefits you get by doing your homework. You won’t get into trouble with your teacher, you are free to watch T.V or play Skyrim and you can sleep in peace knowing your homework is done. Small and narrow-visioned examples but still, this factor is very important in focusing on your task.
2. The Consequences Of Not Doing Your Task: This one is the complete oppositte of the above factor. Just turn the benefits of doing a task the other way around and you have the consequences of not doing it. This makes you do a task out of fear of what will happen if you don’t do it or fail to do it. Though I don’t recommend this, as a positive approach is better as opposed to a negative one but we all know that we can do it ‘the easy way’ or ‘the hard way’.
3. The Insignificance Of Other Tasks: This one might be a bit confusing so let me explain it a little. Every thing we do has an advantage and the disadvantage of not doing it. Lets give them points. The more useful an advantage, the more points it gets. The more damaging a disadvantage, the more points it get. So now, we take the total points of what we do and compare them. The result? The one with the highest points wins and gets more priority then other tasks. Similarly, when you are trying to focus on something, just make a quick mind-
map about how this is much important than anything else at the moment. A bit confusing, I know, but trust me. I’d say 40% of your attention on a task depends on this.
4. Meditation: From the Budhas to the modern day monks, meditation is not some “Achieving Higher Spirituallity” thing. Though it could be. How? Simple. Meditation is just an excercise for your brain to fully grasp the concept of whatever you are about to do. Meaning, clearing your mind of unnecessary things and bringing out the complete focus.And its not a 5 hour, Yoga-pose-statue thingy. You can meditate while sitting, lying down on your bed or even swimming. The thing is that you should be comfortable. It can be as minimum as a 5-minute excercise before whatever you are about to do, or a 30-minute relaxation technique before you go out and face what your day has in store for you.So assume whatever comfortable posture you like, close your eyes and just breath. Inhale with your mouth and exhale with your nose while focusing on your task. Eventually your mind would be clear enough to be crammed with the details of whatever you are going to do. It is indeed helpful as I do a 5-minute Meditation before studying and it helps me memorize very easily.
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