“My mind keeps going from one thought to another.”
“I cannot finish what I start doing.”
“I frequently procrastinate, because I cannot focus for long which delays in work submission.”
These are just a few of the proclamation you may be heard or said. The general thread of all these statements is the lack concentration and the inability to focus the mind on one thing at a time. Lack of concentration not only affects work but relationships, school, and almost everything else.
In this very age of the Internet, smartphones, the social networks and information overload, the problem is even bigger. They not only trim down our time but make the attention span even shorter.
When people fix their attention in what they are involved with and when the attention is both constant and intense, they declared concentrated.
Concentration is a dynamic mechanism which stimulates and harmonises our physical and mental potentials to improve and to sustain the goal-oriented actions.
Let’s put into perspective to comprehend it in a better way. Three aspects play a significant role here:
1) Selectivity (the attention concentrates on a particular information).
2) Intensity (the extent to which body and mind are mobilised to perform the set tasks).
3) Motivation (the degree of intention to realise the planned objective).
For instance :
- [Silectivity]- In traffic, concentration is also maintaining the tendency to focus one’s attention on things other than the driving task.
- [Intensity]- The task difficulty is often low – driving is to a large extent automatic behaviour which means that your reflex action responds according to a particular situation.
- [Motivation]- Stimulates the desire to do other things.
“Train the body to obey the commands of the mind.”
1. Stop thinking about the negatives.
What are you pondering about when you take the time to focus? Are you thinking about crashes or enjoying the fun? What we observed was that they were thinking of failures. That negativity was what mow-down their progress most.
2. Being a perfectionist is no excuse.
Every master procrastinator has reckoned a way to defend that delay in completing a given task. One of the most popular tags is the perfectionist tag. Despite a fact that whether you recognise as a perfectionist or not, research reveals there is no marked variation in the way others perceive your delay. You are not going to get sympathy.
Proclaiming yourself a perfectionist won’t get you out of the fact that you are not getting things done.
3. Working under pressure does not construct satisfying outcomes.
It is not that procrastinators are lazy. Apparently, they busy themselves doing things rather than what they are supposed to be doing. Alleging you work best under pressure–another of the procrastinator’s favourite go-to’s–is utterly nuisance.
People claiming to work better under pressure, when put under time restraints to complete a task, actually yielded worse results.
4. Stop getting stuck on the big picture.
People who have difficulty in finishing a project do not have problems seeing the big picture. It is how to break it down into manageable tasks that can be deadening.
Just do something now. Start something and get going.