How to be focused and concentrated

Build up your focus stamina
Each person may start off with a certain amount of "focus stamina" but rest assured that this is something that can be improved over time. To build your focus stamina, just give yourself a certain amount of time -- say, 30 minutes -- to do nothing but work on a certain task. When that time passes, see how long you can keep going before actually stopping, whether it's just another five minutes or another half hour.If you repeat this process, you'll see that you're able to focus on just one task much more than you thought. Keep going until you feel you need to stop, and try to focus for longer the next day.

Meditate
Meditating is not only a great way to relax but if you meditate for just 10 to 20 minutes every day, you will slowly improve your focus. When you meditate, you'll be focusing on clearing your head and concentrating on your body and breath. You can easily transfer these skills to clearing your head and focusing on the work ahead of you. You can meditate when you first wake up or to wind down before bed, or even during both times.

  • Find a relatively quiet environment so you're not distracted by noise.
  • Just find a comfortable seat and place your hands on your knees or lap.
  • Work on relaxing your body, one part at a time, until all of the parts of your body are relaxed.

Always Have a Determined Attitude
Well, yet another quality which I stress the most on is determination. Determination and success go hand in hand. Do not let your own selfish/foolish acts get in the way of your concentration, but have determination to finish what you have started.

Allocate your time deliberately
By studying thousands of people, Rock found that we are truly focused for an average of only six hours per week. "You want to be really diligent with what you put into those hours," he says.

Most people focus best in the morning or late at night, and Rock's studies show that 90 percent of people do their best thinking outside the office. Notice where and when you focus best, then allocate your toughest tasks for those moments.

Prioritize your tasks
Remember to do the most creative or difficult tasks in the morning, when you're full of energy and motivation. Save the easier things, like scheduling meetings, filing old papers, or cleaning your work space, for the afternoon, when you're feeling more drained.

Don't put off the hardest task until the end of the day or you may find that it will spill into the next day.

Stay motivated
If you want to avoid distractions and focus more, the best way is to stay motivated to finish your task. You should write down why you're motivated to get your work done, and look down at this reason several times a day, to remind yourself why it's important to focus and not be tempted by a distraction.

Consider the importance of your work itself. Tell yourself that if you're grading papers, it's important to give your students feedback. If you're wrapping up a project, then it's important for the success of your company.

Consider yourself. What personal advantage will you gain from getting the work done? If you study for a test, then you'll be able to get a good grade and boost your CGPA. If you seal an important deal with a client, you may be able to get a promotion.

Consider the fun things that wait once the work is done. Remind yourself about the fun things you can do once the task is done, whether it's taking an evening yoga class, catching up with an old friend over ice cream, or having a nice, relaxing meal with your significant other.

The SQ3R Method
"Survey" the book by skimming for titles, subtitles, captions, and anything else that could be important. "Question" by turning all of the titles and subheadings into study questions to track your reading once you finish a chapter or section. "Read" to find the answers to your study questions then answer any questions at the beginnings or ends of the chapter to make sure you learned what you needed to. "Recite" your questions orally and try to answer them. Use notes from the text but be sure to re-state them in your own words. "Review" the reading afterwards to keep it fresh in your mind for when you need it in school. If you find something you don’t understand, research it further online or in a book to understand it better.