This has quickly become the gold standard for improving focus, attention, and concentration.
It goes beyond traditional books and advice of “remove distractions” or "pomodoro technique," by offering unprecedented insight into your mind & body, and how they create concentration, and more importantly, why they take it away.
This knowledge is essential so you can develop the parts of your mind & body responsible for concentration, and reduce the effects of the parts that get in the way.
This book is truly a work of genius, and I don't say that lightly. Before this book, I would read at a tortoise pace. Not because that's all I was capable of, but because I never learned how to properly read as an adult. From just reading this book in one pass, I've increased my reading speed by at least 5 times. Not only that, but I retain more information I read because I have to maintain focus and concentration to be able to read so fast.
The tips were all simple and he uses great stories and analogies to help you understand their importance. What I like the most, and what separate this from all the other speed reading books, are the practice drills. Kam gets it, he knows that learning is not what creates change but applying what you learn and these drills help you do that. If you do the drills at the end of each chapter, by the end of the book, you're reading & comprehension will improve.
Even though English is not my native language, this was my first book that I read so fast, with just a couple of tips. I Usually struggle weeks or even months trying to finish a book, and some books that I didn't finish.
The author, Kam Knight, shares a lot of useful concepts. It took a lot of work on his part. I highly recommend this book!
CHAPTER 1 – WHAT IS CONCENTRATION AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
CHAPTER 2 – UNDERSTANDING AWARENESS
CHAPTER 3 – SELF-TALKCHAPTER 4 – VISUALIZATION
CHAPTER 5 – WORKING WITH THOUGHTS, IMAGES, AND FEELINGS
CHAPTER 6 – RETRIEVAL
CHAPTER 7 – ATTENTION TO DETAIL
CHAPTER 8 – PUSHING LIMITS
CHAPTER 9 – IMPULSE CONTROL
CHAPTER 10 – TRAINING THE BODY
CHAPTER 11 – STATE CONTROL
CHAPTER 12 – DIRECTED QUESTIONS
CHAPTER 13 – WHAT’S YOUR GOAL
CHAPTER 14 – TO DO OR NOT TO DO
CHAPTER 15 – BITE SIZE PIECES
CHAPTER 16 – VOLUNTARY DETENTION
CHAPTER 17 – BREAK TIME
CHAPTER 18 – FLOW
CHAPTER 19 – WHAT ARE DISTRACTIONS?
CHAPTER 20 – REMOVING EXTERNAL DISTRACTIONS
CHAPTER 21 – IGNORING EXTERNAL DISTRACTIONS
CHAPTER 22 – INTERNAL DISTRACTIONS FROM PAIN
CHAPTER 23 – INTERNAL DISTRACTIONS FROM EMOTIONS
CHAPTER 24 – INTERNAL DISTRACTIONS FROM UNFULFILLED WANTS
CHAPTER 25 – INTERNAL DISTRACTION FROM ADDICTIONS
CHAPTER 26 – LIFESTYLE
CHAPTER 27 – ROUTINES
CHAPTER 28 – ENVIRONMENT