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[Desk Column] Do You Want to Improve Your Concentration?
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  Modern people try to work better, harder, and faster by using time as efficiently as possible. Moreover, they try to achieve the best results when doing so.  I’m sure you will agree that ‘Concentration’ is absolutely necessary for attaining optimal results. People used to use the ‘noise canceling’ function of AirPods Pro, which is a set of wireless earphones, as well as an app which blocks your phone for a predetermined period. They also used to listen to ASMR to improve their concentration, however, I think these methods are a bit overrated.
  People used to multitask to use time as efficiently as possible. Multitasking is when someone performs several tasks at once, and it is a term that originated in the computer world. People think they can get good results in a short time when they multitask. However, Steven Kotler, who is an American author, journalist, and entrepreneur, said “Multitasking is a huge enemy of concentration. Contrary to our intentions, multitasking disperse concentration and increases working time.” I agree with this. As mentioned earlier, multitasking is a computer term. This ‘multitasking’ means that computers task multiple programs at the same time. However, computers can’t run programs at the same time. In other words, it is impossible for computers to actually multitask. Naturally, people can’t really fully concentrate or multiple tasks either.
  As everybody knows, the speed of computers’ tasking is very fast. Computers quickly switch between programs, in effect running only one program at a time. However, people may be under the impression that computers run multiple programs simultaneously, because they are very fast. Compared to computers, people wanting to multitask would be like running multiple programs on a computer. Clearly people can never work as fast and accurately as computers to process the tasks at hand. Therefore, multitasking is simply not a suitable work method for people.
  Then, what is a suitable tasking method for people? The answer is simple. Fully focus on only one task first, and start another after completing it. Your full concentration is needed in order for you to pay adequate attention to only one task, but many people have trouble focusing on it. It can be found that the number of views or related videos is as low as 12 thousand views and as high as 1.54 million views when you search for ‘how to increase concentration’ on YouTube. I think these videos can’t be helpful for people to improve their concentration.
  What is the best way to improve concentration? I think ‘mind control’ is the answer. Hugo Gernsback, who is a writer in Luxembourg, said “Even when in the supreme quiet region, you’re your own disturber 50% of the time.” I found that concentration comes from one’s heart. At the same time, I thought that the expression of poor concentration was the same expression as the lack of practice to endure the urge to do something else. Many people want to focus on controlling an urge or distraction, but rather than holding back the urge, they should focus on removing it. I also had a lot of time to decide to focus on removing the temptation. The results for controlling an urge, vs removing or eliminating it, were significantly different. I often studied while listening to music, but I couldn’t think of what I was studying because I was listening to music. However, when there was an interesting part that I wanted to focus on, I turned off the music and focused on the books. I also found that I didn’t have to review it several times. Naturally, I was able to get better results when I simply removed the distraction. Taking some decisive action will pay off in the end. Consequently, it was possible to realize that the positive outcome was the result of concentration and that the concentration was the result of compromise.
  As we try to juggle many tasks, we soon realize that we can only really focus on one thing at a time. If you take decisive action to remove the distraction, you can gain the power to achieve something instead of never experiencing success. This creates an inner driving force to obtain any reward, which motivates concentration. I hope you will be able to fully focus on one thing resisting the temptation to multitask. Next time you are tempted to multitask, take a step back, empty your mind, and fully focus on the main task at hand.

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