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How to improve concentration – Personal Success

We have all heard of ways to set goals. But how do we stay on course once we have our goals?

Very often, we give up after a few weeks because of procrastination so that we never finish our projects.

The purpose of this article is to get out of this infernal spiral to succeed in focus on what we are aiming for.

A major difficulty of the goals is that they require concentration in our very distracting world. One tip you will read everywhere is to cut your notifications when you work. It's a base, but it's not enough.

We will also talk to you about the Pomodoro method, which is to time yourself to work 25 minutes as efficiently as possible, then take a break and start again.

But these two techniques are not enough to get all the benefits of better concentration. What I'm about to share with you allows me, among other things, to move faster in my projects, to make fewer mistakes and to have this feeling of work done regularly rather than bloating following an overdose of chips in front of me. TV.

I call that 4 roots of concentration. These are tips from psychology that counteract our natural procrastination. I'm going to give you these 4 roots in the order from most important to least important. The first are the deepest roots, like the base of a pyramid.

Put them in place seriously before moving on to what is easier but less essential!

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<h2>Have a why to justify our concentration</h2>
<p>Have you been to school before? Have you ever had to learn things that do not interest you?</p>
<p>Well, I think you've noticed, we learn much more easily what we like than what we do not like …</p>
<p>When we love something, it gives our brain a reason to focus and perform well for this task.</p>
<p>And I think having a "why", that is to say a deep reason that pushes us to realize a project, immediately facilitates the concentration to achieve it. So even if what you are doing does not please you, do you still find a positive point? Maybe it allows you to gain experience, maybe it allows you to meet exciting people. Or maybe it can feed your family …</p>
<h2>Use your concentration</h2>
<p>Our concentration is not infinite every day. It requires the will to focus and the will works like a muscle according to the<strong>Baumeister study</strong> (click here to view the study)</p>
<p>According to Baumeister, if we train our will regularly, we can improve it. On the other hand, just like a muscle, if you use it too much, it gets tired.</p>
<p>Since we have a limited will of will (and therefore a limited concentration), we must choose what we are paying attention to. We want to avoid losing our focus to unnecessary activities.</p>
<p>There are several ways to define your priorities. Let's see some essential questions to ask if we can abandon a project:</p>
<p>– Why is this project important to me? (related to the previous point to find his "why")?</p>
<p>– Am I enjoying this project?</p>
<p>– What external reasons push me to continue?</p>
<p>– Do people depend on this project? (If you go it alone, there is no problem, stopping your project will not hurt anyone, but if you have a team, maybe you have to find a way to replace yourself before leave them 😉)</p>
<h2>Protect yourself from the Zeigarnik effect</h2>
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Are you still thinking about the task you just left while you start another one?

This phenomenon is the Zeigarnik effect. Scientists have shown that with each change of task, we leave a flap of our attention on it. In other words, the more you change your task, the less you can concentrate.

So, either you only do one thing a day (that's the ideal), or you set up a little ritual at the end of each task.

This ritual is quite simple. Before you stop something, take a few minutes to plan the next sessions. Take notes on what you plan to do at this time.

These two actions will reassure your brain: "there is no need to keep the last task in memory, I can focus on the next one".

I must admit that I do not put this in place for each project. On the other hand, I always do it for the most important ones. It prevents me from constantly rehashing and it allows me to sleep better!

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