What do you do to concentrate?

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Concentration is very important to achive goals in life.

What do you do for it?
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  • Profile picture of the author nemock
    I set a timer and work in 50 minute sprints. When the timer goes off, I stop and take a break. Very effective (for me).

    Dave
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    • Profile picture of the author sublime311
      Originally Posted by nemock View Post

      I set a timer and work in 50 minute sprints. When the timer goes off, I stop and take a break. Very effective (for me).

      Dave
      I follow the same pattern as Dave. I break down all the task i need to do for the day, and arrange them from most critical to least critical. And then I assign estimate time of completion for each task.

      After all that planning is done, I shut down phone, skype, shut down all open programs on my mac that is nothing to do with the task, lock door lol! No distractions. And then I start the timer and go do that task. It works like a charm! Stuff gets done!!

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    • Profile picture of the author MysteryOfSean
      If I did that, (and I have done that!) then I would sit and wait for the buzzer to go off! The problem would be that - I know it's coming so that would be on my mind at all times! It would be most frustrating! But I'm glad it works for you! For me, I'm just very nervous!
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    • Profile picture of the author ibiamu
      Hi, i make sure that i set a timer. i remain focus in actualizing my dream job.
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  • Profile picture of the author iconicconcept
    I'll make sure that I have a lot of concentration as of being always have a presence of mind and how to control your self not pay attention to the useless things.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinP
    Dave... that is a great technique. I love the idea of concentration sprints. Working in chunks of time and then taking breaks to rejuvenate.

    I did that today and had a session of about 45 minutes where I was KILLER productive.

    Concentration and focus are still areas I'm developing but I definitely want to try your tip. Thanks for sharing it
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Chua
    I do some meditation during break by closing my eyes and observe complete silence. This way it clears my mind and my body too. I do this everyday in order to like recharge and then work again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Wolfe
    I am a big fan of the timer method. I create a list every night before I go to sleep of everything that I need to accomplish the next day. I then write next to each task exactly how long I expect it to take. I won't schedule myself for more than 8 hours a day. I use a timer and take at least 15 minutes off for every 1 hour that I work. And by 15 minutes, I mean away from the computer. I go for a walk, read a book, watch tv, exercise, etc. I actually schedule in things on my list like Twitter, forum time, and checking e-mails so that I get my fix every day.

    That's my method. I developed it when I worked for a brick & mortar business and I carried it over to my online business. It keeps me productive.

    Matt
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  • Profile picture of the author jschop
    I take out my wifi card and take my laptop to the library. It's quiet, and without the internet, I can write without any distractions or temptations (like netflix or a nap). I also tend to write a lot more quickly because I want to get back home.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricky Tango
      Originally Posted by jschop View Post

      I take out my wifi card and take my laptop to the library. It's quiet, and without the internet, I can write without any distractions or temptations (like netflix or a nap). I also tend to write a lot more quickly because I want to get back home.
      jschop, That's a brilliant idea about taking out your wi-fi card from your laptop and going to the library to write. I usually just power off my wi-fi but I like that you took it a step further! Going to a location like the library also sends a psychological trigger that you are there to do work and be productive, but I suppose it is different for everyone.

      Personally, i work well in my home office (I intentionally did not order cable to avoid distraction).

      I also find that changing working locations, desk, kitchen table, library, or even a coffee shop keeps it fresh for me. I use my cell phone headset, which are ear bud earphones that are like earplugs too. They block out noise very well. I put on some classical music (no lyrics), and my productivity soars, becuase I want to get back home. Or, if there is a game that i want to watch (NBA, NHL, etc), i will reward myself only after I complete what I needed to do for that work session.

      I also do the timer thing - in sets of about 40 minutes each, which is optimal for me since I have a short attention span.

      I will also echo the comment about deciding what your to-do list is for the day, the night before if possible. I divide mine into MISSION CRITICAL items, and then my regular items which i label as High-Priority but you can call them whatever. Essentially, the mission critical items you MUST complete. The other items, you do not. I like to have the High-Priority items written down so that I do not forget them. Most of you probably are like me and have numerous ideas and goals in your head when you wake up in the morning. so getting them jotted down is important. Then, these items will naturally move up to mission critical items naturally. remember to ask yourself,"Will this task profit me in some way?" whether in terms of cash in the bank (sales) or perhaps goodwill (relationship building with your customers/clients).

      I will emphasize that your daily/weekly task list needs to be written out (for me anyways). Whether it is a sticky note or your little special notebook, there is something about writing it out on paper that gets it into the physical world. Sticky notes on my computer work somewhat, but not as effective as the real, physical ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
    I visualize myself going through the process of completing the task at hand, and then my happiness and feeling of success as I complete it It works wonders for me!
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  • Profile picture of the author pmg2712
    I am still struggling practicing it!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert Boduch
      If you're still struggling, try concentrating for a shorter period of time. Try 5 minute instead of 50 right out of the gate. Focus on one task, to the complete exclusion of all others. Do it again for another 5 minutes. Than try 10 minutes. Stretch yourself incrementally. Eventually you'll be able to put in 50 solid minutes and you could get more done in one of these power house sessions than you did in a day before.

      I've found that meditation is excellent for creating the right mental environment -- one that's conducive to to intense concentration. Meditation offers many benefits and clearing your mind is a BIG one.

      Meditation requires a relaxed state of mind and body. When you're able to let every competing thought go, in other words, you suspend the barrage of conscious activity, that's where the magic happens. It takes practice, no doubt about it. But once you're able to reach this level in just a few minutes, you'll find that your concentration and productivity soars. There's no weight on your shoulders. No worries. No wondering about this or that. You simply find a level of bliss and when you return, you feel lighter, more energetic and positive. Your vibration increases when you let go of what's dragging you down.

      Visualization is effective as well, as Jenn Dize points out. A lack of concentration means you're thinking about multiple things and your effectiveness wanes. But visualizing keeps you focused on the prize. Keep your eye on the results you desire and then take the action steps that will get you there. Everything is just a diversion. The only way to get there is to roll up your sleeves and produce. And that take a concentrated effort.

      Hope that helps a bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Willard
    I love timeboxing, and though I need practice on it, focusing on the present moment is a great help. Like Robert said, focusing exclusively on the task is a big help. Focus on the feel of typing keys, or the words appearing on-screen, or whatever little detail you can. Zen Habits has a lot of info about this subject, and I recommend checking it out for more details.
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  • Profile picture of the author markjoshalyson
    I'm doing to concentrate before i start i want to make sure all thing that i need on my work is ready.
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    • Profile picture of the author rkseid
      I usually have coffee and smoke the lightest menthol brand around here. The really clears my thinking. I don't know, maybe my genes (gotta blame it on something).
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  • Profile picture of the author shahedny
    Just concentrate & focus on your goal and try your best to reach to it without distractions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gil2gen
    I paid for a self hypnosis pre-recording to be successful and to be in the position to help others. So far all of it is happening. Got it for only 5$. It's a really relaxing and deep hypnosis that really helps you feel focused, relax, and brand new.

    I also like to say positive affirmations like "Money flows to me" they tend to actually bring money lately thousands of dollars have been coming my way from the internet and offline as well. I am now able to pay the bills in a house that my family owns I am supporting two other adults and it feels good to help people with internet marketing. Nice to know it makes a difference in a huge way and there is nothing like it! Aum!
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    I think you should set things up. Know your priorities in life and give more focus to the things that are important to you. Don't let any distraction distract you. Keep FOCUS!
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  • Profile picture of the author suhrandy
    just focus in what you do...
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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    First I try to understand the thing in brief on which I have to concentrate. Then close my eyes for few moment and think on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author morantis
    I look at the work that I am doing for my sites and plugins as a job, meaning that I devote X number of hours to the tasks daily(5 days a week) and hold myself to those standards. I have actually downloaded or wrote simple timecard software and clocked in and out when getting up from a task.
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  • Profile picture of the author TamilYoung
    Concentration is definitely a big thing to look into. We can get great things done smarter and in short time.
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  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    Using a timer for a 20 or 40 minutes of heightened concentration on the task in hand..
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  • I am good in time management, that is why I can focus on one task after its done proceed to another one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janis Ian
    Originally Posted by idesignbanner View Post

    Concentration is very important to achive goals in life.

    What do you do for it?
    I set goals in my life and I need concentration to achieve those goals and dreams. I always to start my day with a prayer and everything will be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterlee12
    Thanks for this post, there i find the great ideas for the concentration. In my point of view YOGA is the best way for the concentration. I always use this way for concentrate myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Frisby
    I always play my favourite music that suit the situation I have to concentrate, faster slower smoother.
    Relaxing while working is less challenging for brain because I enter the state of "break time" so in some way I'm cheating my brain that I'm not working and I never get bored or exhausted.
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  • Profile picture of the author leewiggins
    productivity: set specific chunks of time in the day for individual tasks, get a timer, have a little break every 45-90 mins (water and stretch) get a diary, set goals exactly, time date and write down all the details to achieving them, and then finally just act on your goals daily to achieve the things you want

    At least that's what I try to do, hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author leewiggins
    And another thing I forgot to mention look after your health
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    • Profile picture of the author sublime311
      Originally Posted by leewiggins View Post

      And another thing I forgot to mention look after your health
      Yeah keeping healthy is definitely the #1 task!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Nick
    when my mind starts to wander I play music for 15 minutes, music seems to up my level of concentration because of the calming effects it has on me...but i play music that gives me really good memories, try it, nostalgia is the way to calm yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author ionutcib
    Silence is the most important...if there is no silence then a good song will help me to not let other things distract me.
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    Visualization with music. That always gets me motivated and focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author slc4us
    I control my mind to concentrate because I think that if your mind is not working well so you can not concentrate upon any thing..
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    I setup mind map in my book and after that, target of finishing it
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  • Profile picture of the author fearlesspioneer
    I think the most important thing is your interest. If you are very interested in the thing you do, you can always concentrate very easily. I like playing the game Plants vs Zombies, every time I play this game I am very concentrated. And every time I xxx with my girlfriend, I am very very concentrated. haha...
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  • Profile picture of the author namktqs
    I know something, when i don't work with what I want or what I can do, I do something else, this mean I'm wasting my times. This is my choose focus or go around something. Maybe you will at the same case with me, you will know that you should focus on what you want accomplish for your life better. When you know this is your choose, you will power.
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  • I usually work an hour and I do 15 minutes break. Silence, peace and relaxation ... Then I come to work. Concentration is important, but equally important is to get rid of what distracts. Turn off the TV, be silent at work, the work area is also important. I also recommend affirmations and visualizations to accomplish each goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author ezplr
    It's best to take breaks, then start working again.
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    A lot of members here use and promote the "timer" method, and I respect and understand the value in that. However, for me that doesn't work. I am one of those people who works by inspiration and if I'm waiting for the clock to tick down, that destroys my concentration.

    What I do to help concentrate is set priorities for what needs to be done, then focus on the priority of the moment.

    I enjoy music, but I often have to turn it off so the lyrics do not distract me.

    GT
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  • Profile picture of the author DoWhatWorks
    I have a checklist of to-do items that I always keep on my desk, right in front of me, not under papers or off to the side. I literally keep the to-do list right in between where my arms rest on the desk, so that my fingers are on the keyboard and the to-do list is in between my forearms. The work I'm doing with my fingers on the keyboard always corresponds to the next item on the to-do list. This makes it impossible for me to deviate or get off track from the tasks that need to be completed.

    -Terry


    Originally Posted by idesignbanner View Post

    Concentration is very important to achive goals in life.

    What do you do for it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    I use an app called focus booster which pretty much what it does is give you 25 minutes to do one task then 5 minutes for a break then when the 25 minutes is up move on to the next task
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  • Profile picture of the author CK Pittman
    I really love putting on some good music... Preferably soft jazz. Then I create a "To-Do" list and simply list everything that I need to get done. I list the items in order of priority, but I don't go to bed until I get them all done; I also use the timer on my Ipod to give myself "mini-timelines" during the day. Works for me ( :
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  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    Music makes me concentrate.
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  • Profile picture of the author vasionit
    (1) first things to do is to set goal and give time frame.
    (2) avoid any distraction task like (facebook, email checking, etc..)
    (3) switch of mobile phone or put on silent mode. keep out from you while working
    (4) concentration will automatically become your friend.

    Am I missing anything?
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    Sometimes I punctuate my session with exercises sometimes my eyelids get heavy and a punctuate that with a nap during the weekends I punctuate it with the new testament, proverbs etc
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    • Profile picture of the author dannn1
      I make a list of everything I can possibly do to reach my next "plateau" of success. Usually these lists last for about a week, and I knock off around 6 things a day.

      Crossing things off your list of "to dos" gives you a sort of satisfaction that gives you the motivation to keep on going. I find I am most productive when I don't think that I have to force myself to concentrate.

      I just see what I have to do as is written on my list, and every time I cross something off I know I am slightly closer to accomplishing my goal of IM success.

      When you are motivated, the idea of "staying concentrated" doesn't really factor in... Just find the method of work that constantly rewards and invigorates you as you consistently accomplish the tasks you have set out for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author PR Wizard
    Personally, I can't have any distractions such as tv or radio or my concentration starts to slip. I do however like to sit by the window and listen to the birds chirp because it helps to keep me, "present," in my work and environment. Recently I started using five minutes out of every hour for exercise. I get up from my desk and do squats, lunges, ab exercises etc. and plenty of stretching. Those few minutes away from the desk help to wake me up and the little bit of exercise helps to re-energize me. It has been quite good for the mind, body and spirit and helped me to accomplish more most days than I previously did. If you have any interest in something similar to that with less work google something like chair yoga or maybe office yoga. Deep breathing and stretching are both great ways to regain concentration. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author isaacburks9z
    Its hard to concentrate. Like meditation is so hard I have tried to be emptiness and tried to quiet my mind but for me its hard.

    I use hypnotist and it works great. I use it to focus my mind to stay positive and not get discouraged. Believing in myself and my dreams.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Before working on something I make a "to do list" so I won't forget and won't loose my focus achieving it.
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  • Profile picture of the author boyce
    I usually do meditation to make my concentration strong. and Try to make focus on the work by ignoring all the useless thing happen around me.During the working hours i took a break and really me to concentrate on my work.
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  • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
    When I need to do something to meet a deadline...I turn off all my gadgets to concentrate with my work.
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  • Profile picture of the author ibiamu
    Hi, concentration is the best way you can achieve success. without been concentration you will not achieve more thing at the right time. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mygrowth
    A lot of great points here from contributors. The mind will wander or go into a trance like state every 45 minutes, so having breaks is a good idea.
    If you find you have a mind that just doesn't slow down, then meditation will allow you to focus over a prolonged period.
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    • Profile picture of the author Romi
      What I do is usually I put my 1-week plan in writing or in a mind map, then break that plan into a smaller daily plan. Each daily plan is then broken down more in chunks like working full throttle for 50min then take a break for 10min. Each daily plan was broken down into chunks the night before so I will know immediately what I need to do on that day right after I woke up in the morning...

      I use a small kitchen timer to monitor my 50min of straight work to make sure I'm in tune for that day's schedule.

      -Romi
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamtech
    I'll make sure that I have a lot of concentration as of being always have a presence of mind and how to control your self not pay attention to the useless things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb D Miller
    I do meditation. So breathing and mental focus. All this requires physical and mental energy. I sit down and listen to some music and concentrate on my breathing until I am more relaxed and I've freed up some mental energy.

    Yesterday I just got a tincture bottle of Maca which is great for physical energy which influences mental energy as well.

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  • Profile picture of the author dbwebdesignz
    Next to my computer i make a to do list like a check list and i stick to it and it is needed to be completed by the day so i know i must knuckle down and do the work or i will suffer later
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