You’ve probably been reading how meditation improves your focus and your concentration. What you might not know is that they are not the same thing!
1. Focus And Concentration
Focus is how you direct your attention.
Concentration is keeping your attention there.
When you want to perform a delicate or detailed task, for example, you focus your attention on the task. Keeping it there requires concentration. And it’s not always easy.
2. Tuning Out Distractions
Unless you’re really “in love” with what you’re doing and totally immersed in it, it’s too easy to be distracted.
Hunger, fatigue, stress, the phone, relationship problems, computer, email, ticking clocks, your neighbor’s annoying dog, money problems, your coworker’s music (doesn’t it seem that no matter how low the volume is, sometimes you just can’t tune it out no matter how hard you try?), the worries in your head and boredom or disinterest with what you’re doing all contribute to lack of concentration.
The result is, you miss out on a lot, and sometimes you spend all day accomplishing exactly nothing, just because your attention is too scattered.
But imagine if you could learn to concentrate, anytime, anywhere, regardless of the environmental distractions…
Even the most tranquil setting can leave you distracted and unable to concentrate. That is because the most powerful distractions are NOT external. They come from your mind, in the form of the thousands of thoughts it generates every day.
Tuning out distractions with meditation audio tracks
Meditation can help you learn to tune out distractions and concentrate your attention. The problem with traditional meditation is that no matter how scattered you feel, you still have to focus and concentrate just to get into the meditative state! Of course, that can be an exercise in frustration. But using the gentle, effective binaural beats technology, you’ll find it incredibly easy to get into the meditative state where brain activity slows and both internal and external distractions fade away.
Once you’re relaxed, you will find it easy to focus your attention (and keep it there), rather than allowing your mind to take you for a ride through the forest of thoughts.
This kind of mental discipline comes much easier with the use of binaural beat technology. You don’t have to worry about “how” you get into the meditative state; the technology does that for you. All you have to do to improve your ability to concentrate is choose something to focus on, and then hold your attention there while you meditate.
Once you’ve learned to do this in meditation, you can apply the skill to your work or personal life. Imagine how productive you’ll be if you can totally tune out distractions! Once you’re able to manage and control your inner speech, you’ll be able to say “no” to every mental/emotional distraction.
Try this technique, too: To promote concentration at work, break up tasks into shorter segments. Several 20-minute sessions of intense concentration will be far more productive than 8 hours of scattered attention and being only halfway present.
Also, pay attention to your biorhythms. If you’re super-energized in the morning, DIVE IN and get some serious work done, before your attention and energy start to wane. Leave the mundane tasks for later in the afternoon when you’re tired. In other words, leave distractions like email, phone calls, even music, and personal conversations, for later.
Put your frustrating inability to concentrate behind you as you learn the mental mastery you need to keep your mind from wandering. Meditation can be the key to success in every area of your life. When you improve your ability to concentrate, the quality of your learning and the quality of your work will increase dramatically.
What strategies do you use when you need to focus on a task? Share them with the tribe in the comments below!