Are you often absent minded?
- Do you often lose your attention while working, studying, reading or doing anything else?
- Do you sometimes forget where you put your eyeglasses or phone?
- Do you sometimes, when you are out, start worrying whether you locked your door or turned off the stove?
- Do you lose attention in the midst of a conversation?
- Do you start a task, and then get distracted by thoughts or external factors, and do something else, leaving the previous task unfinished?
If the above questions are true for you, this means that you are absent minded. Don’t feel too bad about it, because you can overcome this habit. It is a common habit that you can stop. You can become less absent minded and more attentive.
Being absent minded does not necessarily mean forgetfulness. It could mean that you are preoccupied or absorbed in something else, and therefore, being inattentive to your immediate surroundings.
It could mean that you are easily distracted by thoughts, people and external events, due to lack of focus.
It could also mean that you are tired and exhausted after a day’s work.
How to become less absent minded? There are various things you can do, and here, we will focus on a few simple things you can do.
Most people are sometimes, absent minded in certain situations and circumstances. If you think that your situation is more severe, you might need a more professional help than the tips listed below.
Read on, to find tips you can use to stop being absent minded.
Why You Are Being Absent Minded and How to Stop It
1. Lack of focus and attention
The main reason for being absent minded is lack of focus and attention, which leads to being inattentive. If your mind is always busy with something else, you don’t pay attention to what you are doing at the moment.
When you are not attentive you don’t remember well what you did. This is not forgetfulness, because if your mind is somewhere else, hardly any mental note or impression is made on the mind. It is as if you are in a different world.
If you want to stop being absent minded and inattentive you need to improve your focus and control of your mind.
You need to strive to focus on your actions, on your tasks and on your work. Simply, each time your mind wanders away, bring it back to focus on what you are doing. Persistence will eventually bring results.
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Avoid multitasking. Do one thing at a time, instead of trying to carry out several tasks simultaneously. This will make it easier to focus on what you are doing, and therefore, do it better and more efficiently.
Trying to accomplish several tasks at the same time, do not allow you to focus well on each task, and therefore, you might make errors and mistakes. When you do too many things at the same time, none of them are done particularly well.
It is best to do one thing at a time.
Daydreaming is a pleasant activity, but if you indulge in it while busy with other things, you may lose your attention and get absorbed in your daydreams. This implies that your attention is not under your control.
Be careful not to daydream while listening to a lecture, working, reading or studying. If you catch yourself daydreaming or thinking of other matters, immediately bring back your attention to what you are doing.
4. Watching TV
How many hours do you sit in front of your TV screen, watching movies and other programs?
If you watch TV, and do other things at the same time, you do them absent minded way, and therefore, inefficiently.
Watching too much TV weakens your willpower, your self-discipline, and your ability to control your thoughts.
5. Have enough sleep
Get enough sleep at night, since lack of sleep weakens your focus and attention and leads to being absent minded.
Some people need more sleep, and others less. The average time is about 6-8 hours a night.
6. Don’t dwell on worries
Avoid fretting and worrying, since they keep your mind agitated, leading to lack of attention and not being here and now. Overcoming this habit might not be so easy, but it is possible if you strive to focus on what you are doing, keep yourself busy, and try to think positively.
7. A list of tasks
Make a list of the important tasks for each day and look at it often during the day, so you won’t forget what you need to do. Put this list in a place where you can see it often, and not with other papers on your desk, wallet or purse, where you might forget about it.
8. Being Bored
Boredom often leads to being inattentive. This happens in lectures, while listening to a boring conversation, or while doing a boring and monotonous work.
To avoid boredom, try to be more interested in the subject that is being discussed, ask questions in a lecture, join the conversation, or do your work in a different way. This would require your focus and your attention, making your more attentive and less absent-minded.
Taking a few deep breaths, drinking water or eating a fruit can help you restore your attention when you are bored.
9.Lost in thoughts
Are you sometimes lost in thoughts and become unaware of your surroundings?
Often, when you are preoccupied with a certain thought, when you worry too much, and when you are stressed, you might get lost in your thoughts. Your attention might go far away and you lose contact with what is happening around you.
Again, the remedy is focus. You need to focus on the present moment, and no matter how many times your mind wanders away, always bring it back.
10. Switch off your phone
When doing work or carrying out a task that requires attention, switch off your phone or put it away, so as not to scatter your attention by texting, messaging, checking your email or conversing with friends.
11. Focus on what you are doing
Learn to focus on what you are doing, especially when doing a work that requires attention, doing something new, or while studying. Learning how to focus and strengthen your concentration is the best remedy against being absent minded.
I hope you will find these tips useful. Remember, you can learn to focus your attention. This is within your reach.