A short span of attention has an adverse effect on the working process and daily pursuits, and even can create a dangerous life situation. Of course, everyone can forget where the keys are or get confused
with emotion, but the person with high attention concentration is able to collect himself or herself and get concentrated at the right time.
The exercises below will not take much of your time, but doing at least some of them you will develop your attention span, and consequently help your memory and attention.
1. Choose the target.It is one of the simplest exercises, which you can do simultaneously with your daily routine. Choose a figure, color, shape or a car model, and during the day record this object when you come across it. Make this exercise your daily game, set a target and search for it.
2. A clock hand.Start playing a film or some music and then look at a second hand, keep watching it for two minutes without distracting, thinking nothing else but this second hand. If you get distracted, start again. This exercise is not that simple as it seems. The main effect is to develop the brain ability to keep
the state of total concentration for a long time.
3. A fresh approach.Look at a familiar object or picture and find 10 new details.
4. Bourdon-Wiersma test.When looking through a set of letters (figures) strike out the earlier selected
letter or a combination of letters (figures). Along with special tables you can use any text. Make the task even more complicated: select letters to
strike out, underline or circle and note how much time you spent for this. Make sure to check the number of errors and omissions.
5. Münsterberg Test.This test promotes development of attention selectiveness. Some words are hidden among jumbled letters. Your task is to find these words in two minutes. Check yourself and gradually reduce your time for this test.
6. Schulte Tables.It is a grid with randomly distributed numbers which you need to find one by one in a correct order, and then find the same numbers in the reverse order. Try focusing on the center of the grid
and use your peripheral vision. Record the time you need to complete this test; it helps to trace the progress. When you start doing this exercise with ease, proceed to the stage - modified Schulte-Gorbachev tables with black and red numbers.
These grids include red numbers from 1 to 24 and black numbers from 1 to 25. You need to fulfill three tasks:
● find all red numbers in ascending order;
● find all black numbers in descending order;
● simultaneously find all red numbers in ascending order and all black numbers in descending order.
7. Call the color.This exercise aims at development of attention selectiveness. Look at the color of the word and call it aloud. Make this task more complicated by setting time limits. If possible, ask someone to
check you when you do this exercise at a quick rate.
8. Write and read at the same timeCount aloud to 25 and simultaneously write these numbers in the reverse order. In other words, you say 1 but write down 25, and so on. Then do the same exercise vice versa: count numbers in the descending
order while writing them in ascending order.
9. Read several articles at a time.Choose three articles, start reading the first one, in 20 seconds place a
mark and proceed to the second article, in 20 seconds proceed to the third one. Repeat this cycle for two more times. As a result in three minutes you return to each text for three times. Then right down what each
article was about and check with the original. You can measure the amount you read not in seconds but in half-pages, so after you read a half-page of the first article proceed to the second article and so on.
10. Listen to several texts at a time.For three minutes listen simultaneously to two different audiobooks.
Your task is to capture the main points of each of these extracts. This exercise is similar to the previous one, but in this case you develop your auditory concentration and ability to identify the essentials in
Attention training and understanding of some specific aspects will help you achieve outstanding results. Below are some tips for better concentration:
● small sound stimuli such as soft music and an open window will help you in your intense brainwork; avoid deathly silence;
● to avoid exhaustion and learn how to reach maximum concentration of the task, every hour make a break for 5–10 minutes. Use this time to take your mind off, stretch your legs, take a deep breath for several times, do some exercises for neck and eyes rather than surfing the social media or keep thinking about business;
● bright emotions obscure concentration, so when getting down to work, try putting aside any thoughts about this impressive event or accept your emotional outburst first, let it calm down and only after that proceed to your task;
● if you cannot take your mind off some annoying thoughts, try meditation. 5-10 minutes will be enough. Sit down with your back straight and concentrate on your breathing. Listen to it and feel it. If any thoughts emerge, let them pass by without concentrating on them and return your
attention to breathing again.