In fact, your focus and attention are the main factors of short-term memory.
It’s almost impossible to quickly and efficiently remember the stuff without:
- the ability to focus on it and
- receiving the emotional refund of the study.
However, if you need to remember something more complex and extensive, a small concentration is not enough. So it is important to know and use a few important properties of your perception:
- the amount of your attention at any given time is limited by the number of 7 ± 2 objects,
- to remember a large amount of data requires a fairly long-term focus and attention, which is associated with the ability to organize your time and consciousness,
- your memory and attention quality depend on sensory experience about the object and with your emotional state – with relation to the memorized information.
Staying focused can be tough. A constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention.
Today’s digital environment makes it especially hard to focus.
Many people want the ability to focus more and feel like they’re losing the ability to focus on a particular task for long periods of time.
Worry about managing your attention? If you want the ability to focus on things for a long period of time, you need to try these three tips to boost your focus and attention:
1. Do one task at a time
While multitasking is an important skill, it also has a downside. The amount of our attention is limited. Set aside all unnecessary problems and issues. Avoid unwanted interruptions.
Allocate your time deliberately. We are truly focused for an average of only six hours per week, spend this time carefully.
Most people focus best in the morning or late at night.
The fact is that 90% of people do their best thinking outside the office. Notice where and when you focus best, then allocate your toughest tasks for those moments. Work on one set objective at a time. Multitasking is the enemy of focus.
2. Don’t stop
Probably you stop half way often when performing any task and give in to the temptation to escape from work and not completing it.
Try to deal with this desire, for example, applying the rule of five. If you read the book, read the five pages more or spend 5 more minutes and you will find that you may want to read or do more.
Keep learning short. Chunk your learning content into small “nano-learnings” 15-30 min at the beginning.
3. Focus—and Refocus
Most people are unable to sustain attention on one thing for more than about 40 minutes at a time, so sooner or later, you will lose focus.
It is important to understand that the true cause of inattention and forgetfulness is not in the chemical and biological processes of the human body. It lays, and in the psychological state and motivation. You must consistently work on improving it. Train your mind like a muscle. Start small, maybe five minutes per day, and work up to larger chunks of time. If you find your mind wandering, just return to the task at hand.
So, pay attention!