[SUMMARY] TO IMPROVE YOUR FOCUS, NOTICE HOW YOU LOSE IT, MICHAEL LIPSON
Michael Lipson, psychologist, analyses the phases of attention and distraction, and shares a simple and effective way to improve your focus.
The best way to learn to focus is first to be OK with distraction. In other words: to understand what is its structure, how your attention deviates. Then, noticing it, you can more easily bring your mind back.
Michael defines four phases of distraction:
- You choose a focus (conscious choice)
- Your attention wander
- You wake up to the fact your mind is wandering
- You may choose to return to the initial focus, or give up (conscious choice)
Work on noticing those steps over and over in real time, and you'll see that the pattern changes. Your mind will tend to stay focus longer on the original theme. If your attention deviates, it will wander less far and for a shorter length of time. For sure, meditation gurus will agree with this process.