Use mindfulness techniques for improving your concentration and focus

The average attention span for the goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds, highlighting the affects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.

I don’t think we need to become attention robots with laser sharp focus 24hrs a day. After all, imagination and daydreaming allow us to relax and unfurl like a warm summers day and this can be so lovely. I do think that it’s nice to have options. And if one of those options is to be able to focus when we need it then I’m all in.

Attention is like a muscle and, generally speaking, the more you train it the easier it becomes to keep it on task. Something to try:

Pick a simple task that you’ll do today (sending an email, making a cup of tea, watering a plant) and notice what you’re doing with your full attention. If you get distracted just bring your attention back.

Emma Mills,  ‘Inhale. Exhale. Repeat’  (2017)

Do you also think digital life has influenced attention span, is it different for different ages?