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It was just a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on my desk and working on an important project. I had decided that no matter what I will not allow anyone to disturb me and I will only step out of my working place once the work is done!
After a few minutes, My phone vibrated and I subconsciously picked it up to see the notification. I surfed the whole whole world on my phone and when I realized that I was working on my project, half an hour was gone!!
WOWW! WHAT A TERRIBLE WAY TO WORK!
I was wondering about the attention span of human beings.
We have often heard that ‘where awareness goes, energy flows”. Modern science now suggested that on an average 62000 thousands thoughts per day are generated by our mind.
If we see our daily lives, you really understand that from how many things we are surrounded with like technologies, Social media, news, people etc.
According to research, our attention span has markedly decreased in just 15 years. In 2000, it was 12 seconds. Now, it has shrunk significantly to 8.25 seconds. In fact, scientists reckon we now have a shorter attention span than goldfish, who are able to focus on a task or object for 9 seconds.
Have you heard about one of the greatest gifts of mankind?
IT IS “ATTENTION”.
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” — Steve Jobs
We have often heard that “where awareness goes, energy flows”. A human brain is the most evolved brain among all creatures and it took millions of years to reach this level of consciousness. We can see that one’s mind can create misery, while other is capable of producing endless blissfulness.
I think that human mind can achieve almost anything on which he puts his 100% attention. The concern is only that most human beings has lost their ability to focus on a particular thing for a long time. New terms are coming to define this type of mental disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
If we see all the successful and impactful people around the world, irrespective of their fields, the only common thing which helped each and everyone to attain tremendous achievements is “UNWAVERING ATTENTION”. This may sound very easy or simple. There are many scientific research suggesting that if humans start to improve their ability to focus, their productivity and quality of work will improve drastically.
From the beginning of school we are taught to concentrate on studies, career, success etc. but no one told us how to concentrate. In today’s world, where everyone is surrounded by technology and hundred of things, loosing focus become natural.
Instead of practicing “focus”, we are unknowingly practicing “distraction” and manifesting unwanted things in our lives most of the time. Almost 90% of human energy is wasted because most people don’t know how to focus the energy for a long time on a particular thing.
We are destroying our ability to focus when we practice multi-tasking unconsciously every time. When we are having our meals, we are either watching TV or using phone… listening to music while doing our projects or some work, and you know the list goes on…
Meditation is one of the best tool one can use to increase the ability of focus. Meditation is like the gym for your mind. Daily practice will improve your awareness to do one task at a time. This is not a philosophy. It’s a scientifically proven fact. You can start with any form of meditation. If it’s something new to you then you can just still and start by focusing on your breath.
“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” — Tony Robbins
Author: Avi Sharma | Publisher: Kosha Life