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Your brain goes to search mode whenever it hears a question and it is hooked to topic! They fire another question by time your brain finishes search and is ready to jump to some unrelated thought.
You may have proof to this with you! For example, you're talking with some friends. Questions and answers are flying from one brain to another. A friend asks a question to another. But your brain jumps to answer even though you've not been asked that question!
Take another example, reading a story. Why we read stories with such total concentration? Because a good story raises many direct or indirect questions in your brain. And your brain wants to find answers to all those questions. Till your brain finds answers to all those questions, it even postpones reminding you to take food!
Remember, you've many times told your mother, "I'll eat later, I'm not hungry!" Why? Because you can't put down that book till you find what happened to that hero or heroine!
You can use this property of your brain to concentrate while studying or hearing lectures. How? Just keep asking questions, mentally, like, ‘what' ‘why' ‘where' ‘how' on statements or facts or characters expressed by teacher or lecturer or author. When you engage your brain with these questions you keep your brain engaged on topic. It doesn't get time to jump to another topic.
Incidentally this is easiest, fastest and most effective way for students to concentrate 100 percent in classroom or while self-study. By using this method students learn more on topic being taught or read.
STEP #6: Work when you work, and play when you play!
It is age old advice. Valid for ever. When you follow a time schedule for all your activities it becomes easy to concentrate. When you watch TV don't think of studies. It is bad habit! Just enjoy program. When you eat concentrate fully on food, its taste, aroma, its value for your body and so on. This discipline helps you to concentrate fully whenever you want.
STEP #7: Mix these three ingredients to make total concentration effortless:
Here are those three ingredients: 1. Knowing what you really want in life 2. Having strong intention to get thing you want 3. Repeatedly paying attention to all tasks that takes you near to your goal.
Now relate task at hand to your goal. You'll be able to concentrate fully with minimum wandering of your thoughts. If task can not be related to your goal, think whether it can be avoided. If it can't be avoided treat it as a social service and decide to do it with all love you can generate. Above steps help you to some extent to concentrate fully. You can improve your ability to concentrate 100 percent, naturally and make it your habit by learning more about your brain.
B. K. Narayan is the author of "Success Mindware--the complete self-improvement system for children of any age. Ebook version of this course is available at his web site. Visit author's web site: http://www.mindpowerguide.biz to read articles on working secrets of brain, motivation etc. Get free copy of positive parenting guide ebook and subscribe to Weekly Motivation Gems.