Concentration: How To-Do Lists Improve Focus and Attention

Hi again,

Hope you're doing well and enjoying learning about concentration and ways to enhance it.

I've Got Another Concentration Tip for You Today

Inside the Mind and Body, There Is A Lot of Activity

You have verbal thoughts running in and out, mental images flashing back and forth, and more importantly, feelings streaming and coursing every which way.

All of this activity is not there for the sake of being there.

There is a purpose to it all!

One Purpose to All Your Thoughts, Images, and Feelings Is to Remind You of Things You Should Be Doing or Need to Get Done.

For instance, you might be on the phone, and all of a sudden, a twinge of fear come up to signal that you left the oven on. Or you might be driving and a thought pop up reminding you to drop off the rent.

At any given moment, the unconscious is tracking numerous tasks and activities, and throughout the day, it will remind you about them.

The problem is,

When We Track Too Many Things in Our Head, the Mind Gets Overloaded

This gets in the way of concentration, because instead of using the resources of the mind to focus on a task, the resources are being used to track a bunch of reminders.

What’s worse, having too many reminders to track causes fear, anxiety, and worry to build because now the mind is unsure if it’ll remember everything, or worse, have enough time to get it done. The mind is forced to send nagging feelings of "do this," "do that," "remember this," and "don’t forget that."

This adds to the challenge of concentrating because as soon as you sit down to do one task, your awareness fills with thoughts of wait, what about this, don’t forget that, if you start this, how will you have time to finish that. And with each thought, images of what might happen if you fail comes to the forefront, eliciting feelings of fear, panic, or dread.

It doesn’t take long before you are overwhelmed and unable to focus.

To Stop these Thoughts, Images, and Feelings from Affecting Concentration, Resist Tracking Your Day-to-Day Tasks and Activities in Your Head

Get them out of your head by writing everything down in the form of a to-do list.

By getting everything down on paper, the overwhelming feelings subside. That's because the mind doesn’t feel forced to track it all. The to-do list lays everything out so it is easy and clear to see what needs to get done and when.

Once the mind knows that you are aware of what to do, it no longer has to worry about tracking it for you. It can feel less pressured and more calm, so all that focus and energy on tracking and worrying can go to actually doing.

Often you’ll find that your day is not as hectic and chaotic as you imagined…it only felt that way because the mind was tracking everything and feeling overwhelmed that something might get missed.

Next Time You Find Yourself Feeling Overwhelmed and Unable to Focus, List Out Your Worries, Concerns, and To-Dos.

This is not only a great way to elevate concentration, but peace of mind.

Now, writing everything down Is a good step, but not the only step.

There are many things to consider when doing this, but unfortunately, I can’t get into all of that in a single post.

You can get in-depth advice in Concentration: Maintain Laser Sharp Focus and Attention for Stretches of 5 Hours or More.

The books deals with all the ins and outs of using to-do lists to improve concentration to get more done, in less time, and with greater peace of mind.

You can read excerpts from the book at http://www.mindlily.com/concentration.

Until next week,

Kam

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