Focusing on Making Your Brain Strong
The moment was lost to work effortlessly, it goes through a number of names: the attention, the concentration, escape, flow, and many others. It is the point where it is able to scramble the world around you and calibrate your brain to pay attention to one task. It is your sweet spot. It is when things are done. While cognitive effort is focused on a task and when, at that time in the outside world disappears.
We all strive to keep the focus on our daily lives. endless distractions to keep our brain to focus on a task in our fight to make things work and complete projects around the house. But what actually happens in the brain when you are lost in a project? More importantly, how you can train for inducing concentrated state on you?
For a better understanding of how the focus and concentration of work, I spoke with Susan Perry, Ph.D., social psychologist and writer for creating flow in Psychology Today blog. It is important to know what happens in your brain when you focus on something and what happens when distracted. From there, we can look to minimize distractions and training your brain to focus better. After all, stress is a skill and takes practice to develop.
What happens in your brain when you are focused (and distracted)
To begin, we’ll see what happens in the brain when you start to focus on something and then do what approach breaks. It is, the two processes are intimately linked.
The two-step process: What if I’m careful
The brain goes through two main phases when it is concentrated on a task. It is believed that selective focusing is controlled by the system of care up and down. This system is under control and poses a simple question: “What do you want to focus on” When deciding to focus on something, the brain goes through two steps to classify and understand the information.
Visually, it takes all the information in a scene and begin the processing of information to find what you need to watch. Imagine the process as a blurry photo that slowly begins to come into focus.
The second part is to focus on one aspect. As the same image is in focus, attention begins to approach one of the aspects that you need to be careful.
This is the same essential process for voluntary and involuntary approach. When you’re focused their perception of the world around you changes and has a greater capacity to ignore the things around you. It’s being in “the zone” or “current”. It is when you are focused and not report on events around unless something starts low care system up (discussed in the next section).
From a psychological perspective, Dr. Perry describes these moments:
From what I’ve studied, it appears that the right and left brain working together effectively, but can detect peripheral distractions. Time seems to disappear and you and you do feel as if they have become one. These flow statements have aspects in common with trance states, although it is difficult to make MRI of someone who writes a book or play a game.
Photo of Mike Warot.
That’s what happens in the brain when the discussion breaks
The root of the breakdown of the approach of the evolutionary system is designed to keep us safe. If a selective approach depends on the attention of top down, breaking approach comes from involuntary attention upwards. You can not control this because the attention of the bottom up is wired in your brain as a passive process. bottom-up focus question: “What happens that needs your attention?”
Two events make us burst approach: bright colors and lights and loud noises. Its objective is drawn to things that could be dangerous or rewarding, like the growl of an animal or sound and lights of a police siren.
Once the top-down approach breaks an average of 25 minutes is necessary to return to a project. Each time has been broken, restarting the process and use the resources of his brain. Essentially, you are growing slowly depleted by distractions.
Imagine your health care system as a glass of water. When again it is easy to see through the window and focus on one thing. Arriving everything is modified and takes some time to calm down so you can see clearly through it. Over time, the evaporation of water and the end of the day, you end up with nothing.
This leads to ways to identify and eliminate triggers evolutionary distractions so you can focus on what needs to be done. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.
Identify what breaks your concentration and remove those triggers
No one is completely identical. It is likely that at some point in your life have you known that a person can enjoy reading a background in television and has no trouble focusing on a task, while screaming death metal . To help you approach you if necessary, it is important to identify your triggers and get rid of them for blocks of time. Let’s look at the two triggers distraction sciences showed the cause to break focus.
Triggers minimize external distractions that we all
For external distractions, the two leading candidates to break their no matter how you are involved in the concentration we do: loud sounds and flashing lights. Minimize these common distractions is a surefire way to ensure that no external forces break your focus.
Many ways exist to easily block outside influences. businesses and entire applications are based on the same idea. Here are some simple tips to help minimize the risk of breaking their discussion outside influences suggestions.
Wear headphones or ear plugs: If loud noises are a major cause of distraction while the most logical approach is to remove them from the equation. headphones or noise canceling earplugs can do it easily. The important thing to remember is that distraction is not just sounds that are just addressed to you (someone shout his name), but noise in general. This includes car crush Cyndi Lauper, the screaming fire truck on the road, and even a high tower oven. All this is enough to break your focus. If you really want hard on blocking their external audio signals, store your entire day on a digital recorder to find out where and when these sounds come so that you can carry your day around them.
Put your digital blinders: Since you probably do not want to wear blinders, literally, when you want to focus on one task, the best thing you can do is remove the visual cues in their environment. For most of us, that means blocking audible and visual notifications. We have already mentioned that notifications are bad and as they usually come with two distraction triggers, audio and visual, can cause serious havoc on your concentration. You can set timed Internet blocks blocking tastes email or Facebook, extensions use the browser to stay the course, or if all else fails, just close your e-mail, launch the phone in another room and get to work. Their solutions may vary, but the point is that you want to block notifications that draw attention to something other than the task you are working.
Creating a private sound and light free stand is good for blocking external influences neuroscientists have identified as the cause of distractions, but what about the all-too-familiar distractions inside us, all treaties ? Photo of Chris.
Internal distractions to identify and stop before they start
We are all distracted by various internal things throughout the day. These thoughts can be about what you eat for dinner, why the girl in the cafeteria would not go on a date, or that stupid thing you said the boss. However, you can limit these wanderings of the brain when you need to focus on a task by simply putting the brakes on the process of thought. Dr Perry said:
You can configure your environment to minimize distractions, decide on a routine or ritual that feels to you like a good way to start your specific job. But in reality, our mind is so busy multitasking and keeping track of many inputs that make a genuine decision, a commitment to make the transition from “everywhere” to “here and now.”
Author and professor David Roche described as pay attention to your attention. He suggests that it is not easy to do, but it is possible to stop these thoughts overwhelm you:
To inhibit distractions, you must be aware of your internal mental processes and capture the evil impulses before they occur. It is, as the old saying goes, timing is everything. Once action is taken, an energy loop begins which makes it more difficult to stop this action. Many activities have been included in the rewards in the form of increased excitement that keeps your attention. Once you open your email program and view messages from people you know, it is much more difficult to stop reading them. Most engines or mental acts also generate its own momentum. Decide on your chair and brain regions involved, as well as dozens of muscles, all are enabled. The blood starts pumping and the energy travels. To stop receiving the chair once you start will have more attention and effort to decide not to get up the first time you need. To avoid distractions is useful to make a habit of stopping the bad start, fast and often long before taking care behaviors.
Learning to cope with the distraction is great, but what is more long-term sustainable is training your brain to focus better. Let’s see how you can.
Maximize your approach with the power of science
Learn to focus requires training. If you enlarge your environment and train your brain, central moments are easier to get when you want. In addition to the above examples to create an environment favorable to the approach, here are some ideas for training your brain to put in fashion developed without much effort on your part.
Increase the relevance of the task
The idea here is quite simple. Our care is a priority list from top to bottom (and distractions are bottom-up). This is the key element in a list of pending tasks. More importantly, the summit is less important at the bottom. If you have already successfully introduced a task in one night, it is known that period is crucial to force you to concentrate. The same is said for any task you need to complete. In an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers suggest that it can replace your system to maintain the attention of focus every time you have a good working memory, which is something you can train .
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To increase the relevance of a task, assign a due date (if not assigned) and press the brain’s reward center and offer a reward for accomplishing a task. For example, “When I finished writing this article, it gives me a biscuit.” Prioritize a list, organize everything and focus only on the most objective summit. The goal is to add weight to the project you want focus so it is easier to do.
Meditation as a training home
Early research at UCLA suggests that meditation can build brain tissue around the brain areas associated with attention. Although the study focused on the long-term effects, the most interesting part is that the brain is malleable and trainable. In this case, meditation is used to train your brain to focus better.
Before you get involved to learn more about the chakras and WMO, it is worth noting that we discussed practical ways anyone can meditate. One of the first stages of meditation is focused on your breathing and block his thoughts. As mentioned above, put the brakes on the wandering thoughts is one of the main ways to stay focused. The first stage of meditation teaches you how. It is something that applies to almost all the time and trouble trained to do, even if you do not follow through the whole ideal meditation.
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Train your brain the easy way: they get lost in a good story
By focusing on something productive triggers the same parts of the brain that focuses on entertainment. The use entertainment as a training program is a great way to teach yourself to be free of distractions, enjoy a good story, and learn what it takes to focus. Dr. Perry suggests getting lost in a story is not so different from getting lost in something productive:
It is difficult to distinguish the feeling of being lost in something productive with a state of flux. After all, there is no objective difference between a class and another absorption. It can be read, watch a movie actively, or creating something or working toward a goal to work actively. During one of these activities, you can go to get bored and engaged mentally adrift at any time. I think we all know that when we read or see something that requires no effort (what I call means brain death). You are in the flow when it is slightly challenged rather than bored, straddling the line between too much and too easy.
You can use any type of entertainment you like, but the key point is Dr. Perry said it was difficult and actively. TV does not work so well because the ads focus, but books, movies and games are all ways to use your escape as a way to calibrate your brain to concentrate break. The key is to actively pay attention and absorb what you consume. That means no Twitter breaks, phone calls, or anything else. Turn off lights, snuggle on the couch and enjoy your media without distractions.