You know that feeling when you have a ton of things you have to get done, but you just can't focus at all? Your text messages are blowing up, you have a huge project due, you keep daydreaming about taking an extended vacation somewhere to get away from it all. I've definitely been there. It's really frustrating when focus feels like it's just not within your grasp, and that there's no way to improve your concentration, no matter how hard you try. But it's not an impossible feat; you might just have to think outside the box a little to find strategies that work for you.
"People get distracted for different reasons, but it is usually because there is a lot going on around us," Courtney Glashow, LCSW, owner and psychotherapist at Anchor Therapy in Hoboken, New Jersey, tells Elite Daily over email. "We tend to multitask by watching TV, scrolling on our phone, eating, having a conversation, and trying to get work done." When you think about it that way, it really just makes common sense that you have trouble sitting down and getting through what you need to get done: Your mind is so often being being pulled in so many different directions.
Look, I'm not saying it's easy to improve your concentration, especially considering that, yes, it does involve a willingness to let go of some of your favorite distractions, like cat videos and relatable memes. But if you need somewhere to start, here are a few simple ways to start improving your concentration.