Concentration is one of the most important powers one should have, as said by Haruki Murakami, to complete any task. Without any kind of concentration, we would be frantically switching between a number of tasks and not achieve anything successfully. If we learn to concentrate we would not only finish our work, but we would finish it with precision.
Imagine having to do seven things before midday. They are all equally important and need an equal attention from you. You could do either of the two things-
(a) Do everything little by little, but together such that everything is spread across the room and when you are nearing your deadline you'll find it very difficult to assemble everything and you might miss something out.
(b) You could do everything one by one such that you concentrate on everything properly. After you finish one task you quickly assemble everything before moving on to the next task. This way you can finish all your work without making any mess.
Wouldn't you prefer option (b) over option (a)?
Let's look at a few benefits you could enjoy if you taught yourself the power of concentration.
• You get to have a control over what you think; when you can concentrate well, you can keep your mind from drifting away and losing chains of thought.
• When your concentration power is strong, you can organize your thoughts the way you find best and can make quick decisions for yourself.
• You might not realise this immediately, but over time, your memory both short and long term will improve, thanks to being able to concentrate.
• You can focus on things a lot better. Today, with so much information being constantly thrown our way it is important that we learn how to focus on the task at hand.
So how can you improve your power of concentration?
• Fix gaze on fingers - raise your hand to shoulder level pointing right, such that you can see your fingers. Keep your hand steady for a minute to begin with and eventually increase it to five minutes. Through this exercise you will be able to block out other distractions and concentrate better.
• Candle flame - flickering flames are a very good object to practice your concentration on. Keep a candle at the other end of the room and sit comfortably on chair. Try to not shake your gaze off the candle flame for as long as you can.
• Meditate - meditation, other than being great for relaxation, works wonders for concentration. Close your eyes and concentrate on the different sounds around you. During this exercise it would help to have a lot of stimuli around you, so you could play a video of a forest where nature can be heard at its best. You have to quickly jump between different sounds. This will keep your mind off a lot of things and help you organize mentally and concentrate quickly.
• Take breaks - when you're doing too many things together or even one after another, your mind might find it difficult to jump between tasks too quickly. So when you finish one thing, take a short break that will let your mind rejuvenate itself and then you can tackle your next job.
• Stay calm - you could get overwhelmed when you have too many deadlines to meet, but keep your head about yourself; stay calm. By being calm you can think smartly about how to bring everything together and concentrate.
Concentration is important today when we're moving in this fast pace world. If we let ourselves get buried under the stress and disorganization of things around us, we could lose our way. So think of concentration as the torch that lights the right way for you.