I'm kind of procrastinating about doing an assignment that's due this week so I thought I'd write a take on how to become better at concentrating on what you're doing.
1. Use the 5 minute rule.
This one's probably really obvious but I always forget about it. Set a goal to focus on what you're doing for 5 minutes at a time. It's really easy to trick yourself into doing this multiple times in a row.
2. One think at a time.
If you've been obsessing over something/someone lately, schedule a time every day to think about that thing/person. It works like a reward system for your brain.
3. Conquer Procrastination.
Ask yourself: "Do I have to do this?", "Will it be easier later?" and "Do I want this done now so I don't have to think about it later?". It'll really help you put things in perspective.
4. Use your hands as blinkers.
Next time there are a load of distractions around you and you desperately want to finish the last few pages of the book you're reading, try cupping your hands around your eyes to block everything out.
5. See as if for the first time.
If you ever notice that, when you’re watching TV or at the dinner table you’re your family, your mind's continually wandering to insignificant things, try to look around you and notice something new. Look around you and smell the daises.