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Episode Info: In your job, you probably aren’t paid based directly on your output but that doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve more by working harder or longer. Ask yourself this: how many hours of your working day do you really spend producing your optimal amount of output? For most of us, we only really work our very best for a couple of hours a day. The rest of the time we spend looking at e-mails, we spend surfing the web or we spend on Facebook. Imagine if you had infinite concentration. Imagine if you could work solidly for the full eight hours. You’d accomplish more than the rest of your team put together and it would only be a matter of time before your salary reflected that. In other words, being able to concentrate on what matters and being able to stay focused at all times is the secret to doing more and to doing everything better. More Tips for Maintaining Concentration With all this brain discipline, you should now start to find that concentrating on what you need to is a little easier. Now you’re working on things that you love and already find highly engaging and valuable and you’re using cognitive restructuring to make sure that this importance stays right at the forefront of your mind at all times. Now your brain chemistry and the activation in your brain should all be supporting a highly focused and engaged state. But there are a few more things you can do as well to help yourself stay even more focused… Listen to Music Remember how your attention works in both a ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ manner? In other words, if you’re deep in focus while working on an all-important project, you can still find your attention interrupted if there’s a loud noise from somewhere else or if you start to pick up on a conversation that sounds interesting. So to help yourself concentrate better, you really need to be able to block out those distractions and a great way to do that is by listening to some music while at the same time using noise cancelling headphones. Also important is to use the right kind of music. There is some evidence to suggest that listening to music can actually ‘entrain’ brainwaves meaning that our brains become more active when we listen to faster music. Pick something with a rapid, steady beat then and you may work faster. Pick something more relaxed conversely and you’ll be more likely to be creative and come up with
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