Concentrate Better by Starting a Mindfulness Routine

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Sometimes it feels impossible to stay focused at work. Mindfulness can help. Studies have shown that people who have a mindfulness routine are less distractible and better at concentrating.

o You can develop your own routine by scheduling three 10-minute mindfulness sessions throughout your day.

o Put everything aside — close your email and the door to your office or a conference room — and bring your full attention to your breath. Don’t try to control it; just sense the full in-breath and the full out-breath. Of course, your mind is likely to wander — that’s normal. Don’t judge yourself for these runaway thoughts.

o Simply guide your attention back to your breathing and start over with the next breath. It’s the act of returning your focus to the breath that strengthens the brain’s circuitry of concentration — and eventually helps you better control your attention.

Adapted from “Here’s What Mindfulness Is (and Isn’t) Good For” by Daniel Goleman

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