9 ways to improve your concentration

9 ways to improve your concentration

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  1. Clear the room

 Try to find somewhere quiet and relaxed – too many people around will inevitably distract you. It’s also important to clear your workspace – a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind!

  1. Get rid of online distractions

The internet is a weird, wonderful and wide-reaching place – brilliant for many things, including procrastination. It’s so easy to get carried away checking Twitter, and it can be a real spanner in the works for your train of thought. There are heaps of browser extensions that block out specific websites for an hour or two – Search Google for ‘Blocksite’, a popular one.

  1. Clear your head

You know that feeling when you’re in the zone, and 2 hours later you’re staring at an entire essay but you’re not quite sure how it all happened?

Great spurts of working energy don’t just come from nowhere. You have to start out with a clear mind, with no distractions knocking around. Try downloading a ‘meditation’ app, they’re brilliant 10 minute exercises to help you clear your thoughts.

  1. Write down your goals

You’re never going to achieve much with your day if you don’t know what you’re setting out to achieve. Writing down your goals for the day makes it ten times more likely that you’ll conquer them. Seeing them laid out, ink on paper, is almost like having a written contract with yourself – and ticking them off is all the more satisfying when you get to stage 7.

  1. Set Deadlines

Having written down your goals, put a time frame on them! And not just “today I’ll do X Y and Z” – think “9:00-11:00 finish X, 12:00-2:00- finish task Y”. Breaking apart your time means you won’t get overwhelmed by all the bits and bobs you have to do, and you can focus fully on one task at a time.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to cram a year’s worth of work into one day either, be realistic!

  1. Break apart tasks

So you’ve followed the above steps, and now you’re getting to a whopper of a task. Take 5 minutes to brainstorm a plan of how you will do it from the very first steps – anything you’ll need to research, to the first steps of actually doing it


This is the most important step, the one to pay attention to if you forget all the others: JUST DO IT. It’s all well and good faffing around with step 1-6 all day but it’s not going to get anything done. Try and get those out of the way quickly.

  1. Short, Regular breaks

Once you’re on a roll, don’t let it burn you out – try and take a short break once an hour. Don’t get sucked in to the internet or social media – try to do something a little more invigorating. Go for a walk, make a cup of tea, dunk a biscuit for a dangerous amount of time – whatever gets you pumped.

  1. Live healthily

A healthy diet and regular sleeping pattern makes all the difference to how long your concentration holds out. You’d be surprised at how much more you get done with 8 hours kip and some form of granola-yoghurty brain food combination for breakfast!

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