The most important, basic and decisive factor that determines a person’s success in any field is his concentration power.
For example, one day in the epic Mahabharata, while teaching archery to the Pandavas and Kauravas, Guru Dronacharya decided to test the concentration power of his students.
Dronacharya placed a wooden bird on the tree branch. He would call his student one by one and ask him to pierce the eye of the bird. While watching the students, Guru Dronacharya asks them, what do you see? At that time every student answered and someone saw the branches of the tree, someone saw the whole bird and the things around it but only Arjun who said that he could only see the bird’s eye.
This happened because only he was able to concentrate himself on the bird’s eye (target) and leave all other distractions behind. It was his concentration power that made him one of the greatest archers of the time.
Scholars believed that Albert Einstein used special techniques through which he could focus on anything for more than an hour, ignoring the distractions of the surroundings.
We all know that six pack abs cannot be made in a day, it takes time, effort and dedication to make it. Similarly, one needs time, effort and practice to increase his concentration power.
Some very effective techniques for increasing concentration power are described below. By practicing these techniques regularly, you can increase your concentration power.
Techniques to increase concentration power
- Spider Web Technology
Spider web technique is one of the most well-known techniques for improving concentration. With regular practice of this technique you can avoid any kind of nervousness.
If you touch a spider web with a spoon, the spider will react and see what is touching the net. But if you do the same thing many times, then the spider will realize that there is no worm and then she will stop looking. Similarly, when you sit in front of your workstation, take five minutes and think of possible sources of distraction. After this, instruct your brain to ignore such distractions.
For example, when you are studying, someone will close the door aloud, then someone will come close to you and drop something. So before you start studying, keep it in your mind that such incidents will happen but you will not pay attention to them.
- Keyword Techniques
This is a very simple but effective technique. In this technique all you have to do is find a unique word (or keyword) related to the ongoing work. Whenever you feel that your attention is distracting, you keep repeating the same words in your mind again and again until you return to the ongoing work. There is no specific rule for choosing keywords and you can choose it according to your convenience.
For example, you are learning to play the piano and suddenly your attention is broken due to something, then you keep repeating the music, music words till you start playing the piano again.
- Deep sleep, short break and meditation
Research shows that when a person sleeps or rests, then that person’s brain reboots. After resting, the person’s brain starts working more effectively. 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day (24 hours) is sufficient for those doing average physical labor. Sleeping too much will negatively affect your concentration power.
Take short breaks or sleep for 15 to 30 minutes while working or while studying. By doing this, your brain will be refreshed and your concentration power will also increase.
Meditation is a proven technique for improving concentration power. While resting during work, try to focus on something unique in your mind, whether it is a mark, a symbol or an idol. This is the simplest technique of yoga which you can practice anytime and anywhere and improve your concentration power.
- Brain Games
There are some games like Sudoku, Chess, Solitaire which not only refreshes your mind but also increases your concentration power. All these games require a lot of concentration. The decision making ability of the person playing these games also improves.
We all know that by exercising continuously, a person’s muscles become stronger. Similarly, our brain can also be considered a muscle and high concentration can be achieved for a long time by playing games like chess, crossword puzzles and picture puzzles etc. again and again. You can play these games anytime and anywhere on your smartphone.
- Physical exercise and brain developing diets
A healthy mind resides only in a healthy body. If a person is ill or is suffering from many types of diseases, then he cannot concentrate his mind. Therefore, physical exercise and healthy diet are very important to improve concentration.
Aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jumping jacks, jogging, increase the concentration of oxygen in your brain. Make aerobics exercise a pleasant part of your daily life. This will help you to keep fit and will also increase your concentration power. By clapping, laughing with lion laugh, warm up with deep breath exercises with laughter. These are extremely light exercises which also help in reducing your stress levels.
Apart from exercise, healthy diet is also very important for improving concentration levels. There are some foods that have a positive effect on a person’s mind. Plum, broccoli, avocado, whole grains, fish and pumpkin seeds are some examples of such food. By avoiding eating junk food and including such food in your diet, you will be able to improve your concentration power.
So dear students, remember that improving concentration power is a slow process and for this you need to practice the above mentioned techniques daily. You may not feel any change from using these techniques in the beginning, but over time your performance in all areas of life will definitely improve.