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5. Take a break if you start feeling stressful. Once you are distracted by emotion it's that much harder to give your full attention to present task. It's best if you don't lose what concentration you've built up to that moment by talking to others. Instead take some deep breaths, gaze out window, take a short walk, or listen to instrumental music for a few minutes. Once you finish job, then take a longer break to relax before moving on to next item you need to accomplish.
6. Do your best to block out everything else. Obviously, this is much easier said than done. Becoming preoccupied with what will happen when you finish this project tends to make your thoughts more scattered. You need to be focused on present moment. Your thinking must be that right now, this is most important project to you. It should be only thing in your consciousness while working on it.
7. Believe that you are capable of attaining whatever end goal is. How many of you played card game of Concentration where you had to match cards as they were flipped over? You paid attention to location of cards, you developed a ritual for remembering where certain cards were, you didn't leave game until it was finished, you told yourself and/or your partner that you were going to win, and you were elated (or at least quite satisfied) when you ended up with lots of matched pairs.
Here's to improved concentration in whatever you do whether it be work oriented, scholastic, social, sports, or anything else.
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