One Awesome Mind Hack for Better Concentration – Smart Focus Trick

Do you also start yawning like me when you are about to read a book? Is it hard for you to concentrate when you are in the most need to focus on something? If yes, then I think the method for achieving a good degree of concentration on any specific work at hand that I am about to share here will solve your problem.

But first I will like to warn, this method is not for kids because it needs a certain level of maturity to understand this thing, if you are a parent then you may definitely create something of your own to help your kids from what you take from this content.

See, it has always been very difficult for me to concentrate, leave alone the high school days and the college days, even now when I pick an important work especially which involves “learning by reading”, my mind becomes my biggest enemy and finds the best possible ways to distract me.

Personal development activities on the other side have made me observe my own actions and work on my behavioral patterns. That’s how this one day when I was exploring this new program which I had to review called the “Tesla Code Secrets”, I realized the reason behind my lowered level of concentration while reading books.

Why Are Non-Fictional Books So Boring?

Not everyone, but a lot of people like me find reading books a very boring task and I am especially talking about the nonfictional ones here.

It is strange that despite being so curious about personal development it takes a lot of time for me to finish a self-help book, I will complete a program very fast when presented in video or audio format but it is almost impossible for me to finish an eBook in one go (unless it only contains 10 pages).

So, I asked myself “Why is that so difficult for me?”. I gave a lot of thought to it and preferred to do my favorite meditation for such times because I usually get amazing ideas whenever I clear my mind after a lot of thinking.

Then I got an answer which made perfect sense to me. From whatever I have learned about how our mind works I know one thing for sure – When we do something that is uninteresting according to our inner set of beliefs our thoughts work against us.

But why my mind was deciding that the books were uninteresting? I liked the information, I knew it would benefit me and my readers, then why?

You know what? Our inner mind is like a kid and it associates everything in our life with what has happened in the past which means that some of the tasks that we now find boring, might have a long story behind it.

For me, like most people, story books were fun as a kid and thus, fictions were always cool. But whenever it came to any other book you know what it means? A strict teacher or a parent forcing you to sit with an open book!

To our inner mind, books signify sacrificing our favorite cartoon show, no more playtimes, exams, competitions, stress, nightmares, etc,  basically the end of happy times.

Do you see how our inner mind sees it whenever we are supposed to learn or do some work using deep concentration?

If you don’t believe that childhood has a role to play in such cases then maybe you don’t feel a sudden excitement during Christmas holidays even now or when a song from good old times is played or when you find your favorite childhood show on the internet, then I think this won’t work, but if this is making sense to you then I would like you to try this and tell me if it makes any difference.

The Smart Focus Trick

Okay, the method is very simple; all we are going to do is to associate a different kind of feeling with a work that seems like a tedious one to us right now.

You won’t be able to have a laser fast focus right away, however doing this will make it easy for you to do the work without the usual sluggishness. And with practice, you will keep getting better at it.

Let’s start:-

– Choose your most favorite activity. It could be watching your favorite show, a movie or spending time in the garden.

– At this time when you are sure that you are pretty much in a good mood, start doing your work.

– When you get bored, resume that interesting activity once again.

I prefer watching a movie while doing the work; some people can even do such work without having to pause the movie, sometimes I also prefer listening to my favorite songs in the background.

More importantly, whenever you are super excited for something, try doing the tedious work with that thing for which you have been waiting (maybe a football match), even if you can’t do it, just try! We are only trying to associate that new feeling with this activity.

As a result what happens is that our mind will stop seeing that particular task as an enemy that kills all the fun and once you have got enough involved in it, you will stop needing any kind of aid to do that work.

Here’s what happened to me the other day, so I was reading about 10 pages of a book and then watching a movie for 10 minutes, then I was resuming the movie whenever I was yawning or losing interest. After about an hour I was so much immersed in the information provided in the book that I totally forgot about the movie, that’s when I decided that I should write this post.

Apart from this, some of the lessons and methods from Alex’s Tesla Secrets Codes especially, the rules he provides in the book were also very helpful to me.

I know the method I have used is unusual but it worked well for me, I don’t force things on me instead I prefer to make everything interesting because I have learned a lesson in my life that the worst thing we can ever do is to see our mind as our enemy. It is a part of us and we have to make friends with our thoughts, I believe it is wise to not ride a horse that is not friendly with you.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. What is your opinion on this? Do you also believe that our inner beliefs are responsible for what our mind perceives as interesting? Please let me know by commenting below, I would love to hear from you.

You can also email me your queries at hari@zerotoinfinitude.com, I will be very happy to help you.

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9 thoughts on “One Awesome Mind Hack for Better Concentration – Smart Focus Trick

  1. Lance

    Hari,
    Great post and I can totally relate to this. I actually do very little recreational reading because of this very issue. With my current job I am forced to take a bunch of training which becomes very difficult at times because I lose interest and my mind tends to wander while trying to read the training material.
    I am going to try the technique you have described here to see if I can increase my recreational reading level.
    Thanks again for the post.

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Same here, any reading work is a bit difficult for me because from childhood “reading” has been something that kills fun-time for me. But since I know the root cause now and I have worked on it, I am certain that this method will work for you too.

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  2. Peter

    I love this post! It demonstrates how focus is a balancing act that must be taken seriously. I really like the part about how you focus on a task and when you get bored you take a break with the interesting task.

    I believe a routine like this is the best method for success in the long term. Thank you

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  3. Vic

    What an awesome Smart Focus Trick.Have got to try Mind Hack for Better Concentration Smart Focus Trick maybe is gonna work for me.

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  4. Edmundo

    I have never thought about using other “happy” activities to improve my effectiveness in other projects that I have little motivation to tackle. This is an interesting method, but I can definitely see how it could help! I will certainly be trying this out very soon.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      If you can understand how this stuff works then it is definitely going to work for you, I am very excited to know what results you are going to get with the use of this method!

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  5. Phildora Perez

    Wow Hari S Nair, I never thought of it this way! I would just take several breaks and try to resume where I left off. I like your approach on how to change your mindset in order to complete a certain task. Your approach allows me to see the task in a different light with a more positive mindset. This way I am able to focus on the task to its completion.

    Thank you for shedding light on a common problem of mind wandering and allowing distractions.

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Phildora,
      I feel so good to hear how you can connect to this content and know beforehand how this method will work, I really hope that you will be able to put it to use like I did. Thanks a lot for sharing your views 🙂

      Reply

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