Cart View Shopping Cart | Register | Login

Free Training Resources, Games, Roleplays, Exercises & Downloads

Current Articles

Concentration Exercise: Focus on a Single Thought

Concentration Exercise: Focus on a Single Thought
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Productivity, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Stress Management, Report Writing, Attention and Focus, Creative Writing  

Purpose

The digital age has made it possible to multi-task. Multi-tasking increases productivity because you can do more in a given time. But can you? With certain activities, such as driving while listening to an audio book, this is highly productive. With some activities, you may easily end up producing sub-standard quality or finish none at all.

Like everything, if used excessively, it can actually reduce productivity. People who multi-task too much may start to suffer from lack of concentration. For example, you may sit behind a computer and decide to write a report. However, lots of unrelated ideas about you latest emails, browsing, conversations or daily activities can pop up in your mind that constantly slow you down.

It pays to practice concentration, so that when necessary you can focus as if nothing else matters and give a task your 100% effort.

It is famously known that if you want to increase your productivity and quality of your life to 100%, give 100% to every little thing you do. In other words, when you write a report, only think about writing it and when you are on holiday, only think of things you can do to have fun and not about work you left behind, or work that you will have to do when you get back.

This activity contains a series of exercises on increasing concentration. Depending on your course and delegates, you can initiate them during the course or provide them as ideas for post course exercises.

Objective

Follow a series of mental exercises to increase concentration.

Setup

  • Explain the following exercises to the delegates. Make sure nothing will interrupt the concentration as they go through the exercise. If you were using a projector, turn it off or blank the screen.

EXERCISE 1:

  • Choose a thought. This can be anything.
  • Hold on to this thought for 5 minutes.
  • You should not let any other thought to creep in. As soon as you feel you are drifting, focus and block out the new thought.
  • Options:
  • You can make this a daily habit so you can switch to high concentration at will.
  • Increase the length to about 10 minutes and focus on a single thought for this amount of time.

EXERCISE 2:

  • Lie down and relax all your muscles.
  • Think of your heart pumping blood to all of your body. Feel how the blood starts from your heart and goes down all the way to your toes and then comes back up again for the next cycle. Visualise your vein carrying blood to various parts of your body.
  • Make sure you stay focused and no other thought drifts in.

EXERCISE 3:

  • Place an object in front of you. This can be anything. Examples are scissors, earphones, a biscuit, a pen, a watch, etc.
  • Observe the object and look at all the details. Memorise as much details as you can in about 3 minutes.
  • When you are ready, put the object away.
  • Relax your muscles and then close your eyes.
  • Now, imagine the object with as much details as you can.
  • Test yourself to see if you were right.

EXERCISE 4:

  • Sit in front of a clock which has a second hand (one rotation per minute).
  • Concentrate on this hand and think of nothing else as it goes around.
  • This rather simple setup can be challenging since after a few seconds everything starts to get repeated again. This is when you are most susceptible to drift. It requires strong will power and determination to stay focused which is the real power of this exercise.

Timing

Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes.

Activity: 5 to 15 minutes (various)

Group Feedback: 5 minutes.

Discussion

If running the exercises in a class, ask delegates to provide feedback after going through the exercises and reflect on their experience.


Post Rating


Did You Find This Useful?

If you did, then please help others benefit from this too:

   
 Register to Skills Converged 1. Register to access exclusive training content.
 Like Facebook 2. Like this training resource on Facebook.
 Circle Skills Converged 3. Share on Google Plus.
 Subscribe RSS and Email 4. Subscribe to our site to receive free training materials via RSS or Email.
 Tweet Trainig Resources 5. Tweet this training resource
 Share Linkedin 6. Share this training resource on Linkedin
   


Comments

mina By mina @ Friday, November 12, 2010 9:17 AM

I find the material very useful for my training sessions. Thankyou for sharing!

Sameer Agashe By Sameer Agashe @ Friday, July 27, 2012 3:06 PM
This is a very useful technique. Thanks

Post Comment

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above:


Concentration Exercise: Focus on a Single Thought
Rating = 2.75 out of 5 - 16 user interactions.

 

 

Subscribe to Get Training Materials

RSS Feed    RSS by Email   

Free Exclusive Training Resources

What You Get

Subscribe

>> Frequently Updated <<
 
Skills Converged - Clusters of Training Resources, Exercises, Articles and Handouts

Exercise Similarity Analysis helps you to find the training activities you are looking for quicker than ever before by letting you follow clusters of similar exercises. Our Similarity Algorithm can accurately spot exercises in the collection which are similar to the one you are currently reading. These are shown in order of similarity at the end of each training activity. Following clusters of exercises can inspire you to find better exercises suitable for your specific training needs.

We are constantly looking for ways to make it easier for you to find what you want. Please let us know about your views on this or other features.

Train the Trainer Self Study Course

Body Language Guide

Free Giveaway Training Resources

Download a free comprehensive training package including training guidelines, soft skills exercises, assessment forms and useful training resources that you can use to enhance your courses.

Download Free Training Resources


Product Categories


Can't Find What You are Looking For?

What Training Course Materials Do You Need in Addition to Those Provided Already?



















































Submit Survey