This post gives good insight on the causes of lack of concentration and symptoms of being unable to concentrate. It will then feature a thought-provoking way to overcome the lack of concentration.
For digital nomads, the ability to concentrate is their nutrition. It helps them get more done in less time and deliver high-quality masterpieces.. As a result, they can have more free time traveling and experiencing the beauty of life.
However, concentration is often not something we can command at will. Just because we want to concentrate, it doesn't mean we will.
It's easy to get distracted internally and externally. The environment is packed with too many things: social media, news, notifications, updates, emails, meetings, to-do lists, and the list goes on and on.
But the good news is that studies have found an unorthodox way to overcome the lack of concentration.
No, it has nothing to do with forcing yourself to sit still. It's also not about consuming caffeine either.
In fact, it's about spending time alone (I will explain more about that in the section below).
What you will learn in this article:
The inability to concentrate can be caused by chronic conditions, including:
Some lifestyle changes can affect your concentration as well, such as:
The lack of concentration affects people differently. Some of the symptoms you may experience include:
These symptoms may appear at different timings and locations. It's important to pinpoint the time and place whenever you feel difficult to concentrate. This can help you understand what's causing the lack of concentration better.
It is evident that making changes to your lifestyle is critical: sleep more, eat better, healthier foods, reduce stress and anxiety, and spend less time on technology.
Note: If you have any of the chronic conditions listed above that's affecting your ability to concentrate, please consult your doctor immediately.
In this article, we'll explore a unique way to overcome the lack of concentration. As mentioned at the beginning, it has something to do with spending time alone.
You guessed it. It is 'being alone'.
Studies have proven that being alone actually increases concentration and productivity.
You can solve difficult problems better on your own than in a group. Your speed and accuracy increase when working alone. Even better, those who actively seek to be alone regularly are less stressed and feel more relaxed.
The positive effects of being alone are enhanced when spent in nature. It has a calming effect on the mind, thus helps in restoring attention.
With so many advantages to being alone, it is truly an experience worth trying for.
But, please, do not mistake being alone with loneliness.
While the latter is associated with depression, anxiety, and other chronic conditions, being alone comes with freedom and bliss of being with yourself.
Loneliness is an unmet expectation, the desire to connect with people, but they're not around.
On the other hand, being alone is choosing to be comfortable with yourself without allowing distractions.
You might ask, "how do I start?"
Being alone when you're comfortable with the crowd can be slightly challenging for you. But that doesn't mean it's impossible.
Like how every new habit may feel impossible to install, starting a routine to be alone is just like installing a new habit. It takes time, effort, and the right strategy to make it easier.
The key here is to start small.
If you've never been alone before, the following tips can help you get started on the right foot:
If you're spending time alone regularly, you might want to take it to the next level by trying the ‘100 days of isolation' challenge.
Unlike the 'Alone 100-days' TV series where you must survive in brutal, wilderness conditions for 100 days, our ‘100 days of isolation' is nothing of the sort.
It is about disconnecting yourself from the world and doing anything you love. No phones, no laptops, no other humans. Just you and yourself for 100 days.
You can stay at home and do the ‘100 days of isolation' or travel alone. Where you do the challenge doesn't matter. What's important is detaching yourself from other people to explore yourself and restore your concentration.
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