If you spend a lot of time at the computer, navigating different websites for work or school purposes, the frequency of changing gears that quickly can interfere with the ability to focus and complete one task at a time, according to Nick Begley, Head of Research for Headspace, an organization that connects the importance of meditation with mental focus. Begley reports that the average worker switches computer windows an average of 37 times an hour. This degree of starting and stopping research at this pace and frequency can interfere with one’s ability to follow a task to completion and maintain sustained concentration on one task at a time.
As a result of this reduced capacity to focus, it can interfere with the ability to separate important information from unimportant information. The solution? Take 10 minutes a day and do nothing but focus on your thoughts without judging them. While you are in this state, take time to focus on the present moment alone without thinking about the past or future. This little bit of meditation time can go a long way in reducing stress and improving productivity. If you find yourself getting burned out from your Internet research, for a project or homework assignment, this little exercise can “refresh” your brain and enhance your focus to get the task or assignment done! Best of all, it only takes 10 minutes of your time.
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