When I first began high school, I had a really hard time concentrating. I would read something over and over again in a textbook for an hour and not make any headway. I wasn’t used to concentrating hard and plus let’s face it, it was high school: I had other things to think about. Over the years, through my own experiences and people’s suggestions, I came up with some ways to increase concentration to help you get your work done faster and more efficiently!
1. Let there be light!
As strange as it sounds, a good light source will help you concentrate! The idea is actually explained pretty easily with some biology. When we are in a dark room or place, our body begins producing melatonin, the compound that causes drowsiness! In light, melatonin is not produced and thus we are more awake. Think about it, you don’t usually sleep near bright lights right? Well the same is true for concentration. The more light, the better you can concentrate. But make sure not to produce a glare, that will just hurt your eyes!
2. Position is key
Whenever you want to concentrate, make sure you aren’t lying down or sprawled on your back. When your body is in a lying position, your body begins to shut down since it thinks you are going to sleep. Although you can technically condition your body not to undergo this response, you should play it safe and sit up when you are trying to concentrate!
3. Clear away that mess!
When I was in high school and college, my room was always messy (especially in college). Whenever I tried working in my room, I would never get too much done, since the mess would get on my nerves. This is true for everyone:clutter in the background won’t help you concentrate. The idea behind this one is more psychological and explaining it isn’t in my place but remember that you shouldn’t work in a messy area. Taking time to clean your room or wherever you are working could help but if you are too lazy to clean and/or don’t have enough time, a library is a fantastic place to work. Everyone there is usually working and you have all the resources you need.
Just writing this makes me worry that someone who reads this will decide to chug down ten Red-Bulls. I must stress that there is a very fine line when it comes to caffeine. A little and your concentration can soar but a just a tiny over and you will plummet into the opposite direction. I must stress that you really need to drink only a little to feel the effects and that constant use of caffeine will get you addicted and lower the effects. If coffee isn’t your thing I would recommend tea as it is just as good (in my opinion at least) and will get you enough caffeine to boost your concentration!
5. Let’s get physical!
Although I personally haven’t really tried this one, all my friends and eveyone I have ever talked to about this subject have said the same thing:” exercise!”. Doing a quick work-out like a jog or lifting weights will get your blood flowing and increase your concentration. This is great for people who have time but probably won’t be effective to people who are hard-pressed to meet a deadline.
Follow these five tips and you will be able to concentrate longer and more efficiently!