What are the things you do to keep you focused?

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If you are a 21st century society, your attention will definitely be diverted every three minutes or so by entering messages or with anything on your mobile according to Gloria Mark's informatics professor, from the University of California at Irvine. In addition, factors that exist within yourself, such as fatigue, interference, lack of motivation, etc., can bother you to concentrate. Therefore, let's look at various good ways to stay focused on the following. Ways to stay focused:

1. Meditate

Meditation can provide solutions to solve problems in paying attention to something. In May, a report in the Brain Research Bulletin journal illustrates that mindfulness training or meditation can improve one's focus. In a study led by Christopher Moore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participants underwent two months of training to improve their perception with general sensations, such as breathing.

When Moore and his team measured the brain activity of each participant with a magnetoencephalography scan, they observed an increase in area related to selective focus. A study at the University of North Carolina revealed that students who meditated for only 20 minutes per four days could do some better cognitive tests.

2. Reducing multitasking

Multitasking people may look like supermen, but according to a 2009 study at Stanford, they have fatal weaknesses. In a sample of 100 Stanford students, about half of them identified themselves as multitasker media, and the other half did not.

Research examines focus ranges, memory capacity, and the ability to switch from one task to the next, and multitasker performs each test with worse results. "They are weak for irrelevance. Everything can shift their focus, "according to Clifford Nass, one of the researchers.

3. Exercise regularly

Exercise is not only better for the body, but it is also important to promote brain health that is important for memory capacity and concentration, says John Ratey, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

In particular, scientists think that regular exercise can help to stimulate the release of neurotropic chemicals derived from the brain. Some studies also state that exercise can help repair damaged memory circuits to improve brain function.

4. Try to find a quiet place

Noise, like the sound of a car horn or screaming children, can stimulate the release of the stress hormone cortisol, according to Mark A.W. Andrews, a former director of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill University Pennsylvania. Too much cortisol can damage function and block focus. And unfortunately, the more we hear noise, the more our body responds to cortisol.

5. Drink caffeinated drinks

Caffeine and its effects on the body, including its ability to increase alertness have been extensively studied. And it turns out, coffee can also increase our focus, even if indirectly. This might happen because caffeine increases physiological arousal, which can also make a person not easily distracted and more able to maintain attention in doing tasks, obviously, Astrid Nehlig, a French psychologist.

6. Look at a distant object for a few minutes

Many people spend their time staring at screens, such as TV screens, computers, cellphones, and others. Therefore, tension in the eye can make it difficult to stay focused. To restore focus to the eyes, you only need to stare at a distant object for a few minutes. Some doctors recommend "rules 20-20-20" to LifeHacker reporters. The point is that every 20 minutes, you rest for 20 seconds to stare at an object in the distance 20 feet (6 meters).

7. Works without internet connection

If you can disconnect your internet connection, then there are only a few things that can bother you. Experts think that every time you do something else between jobs, such as seeing new messages, social media, etc., you will only have a little attention to the task that you just left behind.

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