I was thinking on this topic since the time I posted yesterday on the comment “how can I stop my mind from wandering”
While I wish, I had a silver bullet answer, I don’t.
However there are some more things which help put my mind in better state to get into flow. In yesterday’s post I already suggested you watch a video on YouTube of Ilovemarketing episode on the 50 minute focus finder. Its one of the best methods of getting the mind cleared and then fully in flow. Earlier to that I have spoken about breathing and yoga.
Another thing which I have found very useful when I am doing any activity which requires intense focus is to play Mozart and Beethoven symphonies. Those have a massive impact on my ability to concentrate when I am trying to do a job which requires immense brain power. In addition I use a paper and pencil to put my thoughts down on paper as they come.
The brain is like the CPU of the computer, it typically is working at a speed which is more than a 1000 times faster than the input-output devices connected to it . If you leave the mind idle even for a milli second, it will like to wander and think of multiple thoughts.
In the life of an average person a typical waking day of 16 hours has about 57000 seconds. You brain has massive compute ability, which means it typically processes tasks very fast and then till it gets the next task, it wanders. Potentially your brain could be wandering 50000 times in a day hoping from one thought to another.
To keep the brain engaged you should use multiple sensory organs (the input-output devices of your body).
If I am reading a book – especially a non-fiction book – then my mind tends to wander. So what I do is I use my fingers to scan through the pages diagonally. Since my eyes follow my finger, two sensory organs are involved and the mind wanders less, in addition I play Mozart and Beethoven symphonies and my ears also get involved resulting in much higher concentration levels.
Why not try these two ideas in addition to what I had mentioned about watching the video by Dean Jackson and doing yoga.
Let me know your feedback and do let me know if there are other methods you have found useful and share it with us.
Till next time
When I used to do Yoga earlier I had one major problem. Not sure if you have tried concentrating on something and you kept having thoughts continuously take you in a different direction.
I had thought Yoga would help me improve my concentration but my brain would keep hijacking me and I was never able to understand how people see so many benefits of doing Yoga and meditation.
And then I was reading Hyperfocus and Deep Work – two books with an agenda to improve productivity – that’s when the Zeigarnik effect came back into focus. I have written about this effect in a couple of posts earlier also. Due to this the brain keeps coming back and reminds you that a task needs to be closed.
Now when I would do Yoga, all the pending tasks would come right in front.
So a simple solution – instead of trying hard to concentrate and suppress the thoughts, I have started carrying my phone or a sticky note pad with me. The moment a thought starts flashing I write it down on paper or on my to do list on the phone.
So now since my brain knows that I have written it somewhere to take action, it stops trying to remind me for that period of time. Then I do my Yoga peacefully.
Next I make it a practice to strike of the items which I have completed. This action of physically striking of the item tells my brain that it does not need to anymore do the job of reminding me. This also has helped me feel less stressed overall.
There’s one habit which Tony Robbins speaks about bunching tasks after you have made lists and Dan Sullivan talks about eliminating all the irritating tasks. I have still not been able to master them.
As I do, I will let you know of the results.
If you find this method worthwhile do let me know in the comments section
Till next time….
This pandemic made everyone look for various ways to build immunity.
I ended up watching a lot of yoga with Baba Ramdev teaching various Asanas and Pranayams and then I read one very good book by James Nester called “Breath”
James Nester has done such an amazing amount of research on the science of breathing which has been known to man kind for thousands of years. He’s done so much elaborate work on himself as well on various breathing techniques from across the world. I would highly recommend you read this book.
This book made me realise the massive amount of research which our ancestors in India had done over thousands of years and made me feel very proud of being an Indian. Before that I used to do the Pranayams that Baba Ramdev used to show without thinking too much about it.
The good thing about Baba Ramdev is that he explains very simply the reason behind each specific Pranayam and why you should do it. After I read Breath, the explanations given by Baba Ramdev on the meaning of the Pranayam’s which he suggests, became even more clear.
As you grow older health issues start cropping up and realising that breathing can reduce the impact of ageing has made me a big fan of doing various kind of pranayams daily once in the morning and then during the day if I am feeling low I do Anulom Vilom which is all about breathing alternatively through opposite nostrils.
When I have had a heavy meal to digest food I breathe concentratedly through only my right nostril which builds heat in my stomach .
One statement from Joe Poslish’s friend Christian Cotichini has had a major impact on me ” Those who have their health have 1000 dreams; those who do not have their health, have only one”. And as I have written multiple times in my blog earlier I have a massive bucket list which I have to achieve. So I have very seriously begun looking at breathing to keep my health stable.
Let me know your experiments on health in this lock down.
Till next time….