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10 Focusing Exercises for Better Focus and Concentration

26 February 2008 44 Comments

You can find strong powers of concentration in yourself. When you are decisive and sincerely want to excel in your studies, pass an important exam, or playing one of your favorite games; the power of concentration becomes available to you. This kind of concentration and focusing exercises is raised because of some need, or desire. Increasing it in a systematic way, brings it under your control, and grants you the ability to use it easily, with no exertion whenever you need it. Real and good concentration is developed slowly, through daily work, and with special exercises. It has to be approached in a reasonable and practical way.

  • When starting to learn to concentrate you have to find a suitable place where you can be alone and undisturbed. You can sit crossed legged on the floor if you can, or on a chair. Sit with spine erect. Take a few calm deep breaths and then relax your body. In your mind go through each muscle and part of the body and relax it.

The following concentration exercises should help you develop concentration skills:

Exercise 1:Exercises for Better Focus and Concentration
Select some thought and see how long you can hold your mind on it. It is nice to have a clock at first and keep track of the time.
Suppose you decide to think about health, think of health as being a great blessing in the world. Do not let any other thought drift in. Just the moment one starts to obtrude, make it go away. Make it a daily habit of concentrating on this thought for, maybe ten minutes. Practice doing this until you can hold it to the exclusion of everything else. You might have to do this exercise regularly for 10 days or more in order to sharpen your concentration skills.

Exercise 2
Take a book and count the words in any paragraph. Count them again to be sure that it was correct. Start with one paragraph and when it becomes easier count all the words on the page. Perform the counting mentally and only with your eyes

Exercise 3
Take a small simple object such as a spoon, a fork or a glass. Concentrate on it and watch the object from all sides without verbalisation, that is, with no words in your mind. Just watch the object without thinking with words about it

Exercise 4
Draw a small geometrical figure, about 3 inches in size, such as a triangle, a rectangle or a circle. Paint it with any colour you wish and concentrate on it. Only see the figure. Do not think any words, only the figure exists. Watch the figure in front of you and try not to strain your eyes.

Exercise 5
Concentrate on the Within. Lie down and thoroughly relax your muscles. Concentrate on the beating of your heart. Do not pay any attention to anything else. Think how this great organ is pumping the blood to every part of the body; try to actually picture the blood leaving the great reservoir and going in one stream right down to the toes. Picture another going down the arms to the tips of the fingers. After a little practice you can actually feel the blood passing through your system.

Exercise 6
Watch Concentration. Sit in a chair and place a clock with a second hand on the table. Follow the second hand with your eyes as it goes around. Keep this up for five minutes, thinking of nothing else but the second hand, This is a very good exercise when you only have a few minutes to spare, if you are able to keep every other thought in the stream of consciousness subordinate to it. As there is little that is particularly interesting about the second hand, it is hard to do this, but in the extra effort of will power required to make it successful lies its value. Always try to keep as still as possible during these exercises.

Exercise 7
Close your eyes and start to visualize the number one in front of you and say “one” in your head when you see it clearly. Allow the one to disappear and start to visualize the number two and say “two” loud in your head when you see it. Repeat this procedure up to 100 if you can.

Exercise 8
Select an object like a half eaten cookie, a coin, a pen – anything – try to relax every muscle in your body and concentrate on the object. Start thinking about its shape, color, material etc and try to memorize its form. Then close your eyes and try to visualize it in front of you. If you can’t, open your eyes again and start over.

Exercise 8
Write a dream log each morning when you remember a dream and every night before you go to sleep, review your day in reverse. This exercise will help you remember your dreams.

Exercise 9
Choose a spot on the wall and look at it – do not focus too much on it though. Erase all thought from your mind and concentrate as hard as you can on your breathing. Hold on as long as you can.

Exercise 10Exercises for Better Focus and Concentration
When You Read. No one can think without first concentrating his thoughts on the subject on hand. Every man and woman should train himself to think clearly. An excellent exercise is to read an article in a newspaper, and see in how few words you can express it. Reading an article to get only the essentials requires the closest concentration. If you are unable to write out what you read, you will know you are weak in concentration. Instead of writing it out you can express it orally if you wish. Go to your room and deliver it as if you were talking to some one. You will
find focusing exercises for adults like this of the greatest value in developing concentration and learning to think.

The Benefits of Developing Concentration and Concentration Exercises:

• Control of thoughts

• Peace of mind

• Self-confidence

• Inner strength

• Will power

• The ability to focus your mind

• Better memory

• The ability to decide and carry on your decisions

• Better functioning in daily life, whether at home or work

• The ability to study and comprehend more quickly

• Stop being carried away with every passing thought

• Freedom from needless and annoying thoughts

• Think when you want to, about what you want to think

• Inner happiness

• Help in developing psychic abilities

• More powerful and efficient creative visualisations and guided imagination

• True meditation

• Spiritual enlightenment

Put your whole attention into the exercises. Do not think about anything else. Be careful not to fall asleep, daydream or think about other matters. The moment you find yourself thinking about something else, stop the exercise and start again. When you become proficient, lengthen the time and, if possible, include another session in the afternoon. Do not attempt too much at the start. You may think the exercises are too simple and easy and try to perform them all at once. Go slowly, do not overdo or tense you brain. Try to reach perfection before you move on to next exercise.

If you find it too difficult, or thoughts distract you and make you think about other matters, do not worry. Everyone encounters difficulties along the way. The successful ones are those who go on and never give up. If you persist in spite of difficulties and disturbances, success will crown your efforts.

Exercise 5

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  • holojojo said:

    An interesting and holistic method of achieving a higher level of consciousness. I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t work as well as more traditionally “spiritual” meditation, I intend to give it a try. Let you know the results in a couple of months.


    This is an amazing article, I have come to my own conclusions regarding concentration, focus, and mind control that this article presents.

    Summed up in two words: “mind control”
    Control the thought that goes though your mind (this is much harder than it sounds)

    During my meditation I try to think about NOTHING and focus on my breathing. I try to eliminate all wandering thought (words in my mind)

    after about one week of meditating in the morning my focus significantly improves

    Everyone is different, this is what worked for me!

  • Jeff Bellamy said:

    Do I understand correctly that “lae” found the exercises to improve his/her concentration on his/her own website?

    Talk about listening to your inner voice.

    jeff bellamy

  • passerby said:

    Do these on a full stomach to realise where the problem is.

  • nwdc said:

    I’d love to do a few of these exercises at work before I have to start a big task. Problem is, I work in a cubicle and there is nowhere to go to be alone. Any thoughts on putting on classical music to block out the rest of the office? Will this defeat the purpose? I’d like some thoughts from the author or readers.

  • Pinbot said:

    Have these exercises been tested? Or did the author just pull them out of er … the within?

  • business said:

    I desperately needed this. Thanks for the tips. I’m printing this out and starting tomorrow. More focus and concentration means better business acrumen.

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    Thanks for the post. My wife and I are trying a few accelerated learning ideas to learn a foreign language. We just began but it\’s fun.

  • Jonas R. Mohnk said:

    i used my powers of concentration to discover there were two number eights on this list. you may want to rename it “11 exercises for better focus and concentration.” or maybe you could leave it the way it is and call it “12 exercises…”

  • Shawn said:

    Not sure if it was intentional or not but did you realise that there are ‘Two’ Exercise 8 posted. This would mean that there are actually eleven exercises or is this some way to se how focused we were?

  • Amabelle said:

    Sometimes I have trouble sleeping. I try some of these exercises (1 and 10)to help me get off to sleep and they really work (for me). Even if it still takes me a while to drift off I feel peaceful and now really enjoy the 20 mins or so before I fall into proper sleep.

    Other things I do is:
    1) Pretend to be giving a speech about a very specific subject that I find interesting but it hasn’t nothing to do with work or my immediate life. I find this useful and peaceful.

    2)Other times I imagine I’m walking in a strange place and I have to imagine every detail that I can see in front of me. This is great for creativity and imagination but also brilliant helping to control thoughts. If I wander off I have to start my journey again.

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  • Anna said:

    this is great. i will try one of the exercise in a while bcoz am along in the office. expect my feedback in a while. bravo!

  • liviu said:

    Visualizing numbers from 1 to 100 is really easy.
    How do you know you’ve visualized correctly a number? I tried some time ago imagining words in my head. But to be sure that you have actually imagined the word/number and that you have clear focused image just try reading them backwards from your mind :) That was a surprise for me because I realized that I can only imagine words that contain less than 7 letters and that goes the same for numbers. The longer the word/number you try to imagine the harder it gets to imagine it & read it backwards from your mind. So it would probably be a good exercise to try to expand your concentration by trying something more challenging? How far can you go? I’m at six :D Theoretically if you practice long enough you could speak backwords :)(Btw, don’t cheat by breaking a word/number into pieces and imagining each piece backwards because that’s easy)

  • tarun said:

    pretty intreasting, seems quite effecite, i would give it a try sometime soon, ive heard of of these very vaugely before from some people but never acutally seen it on the net.

  • axel g said:

    When we’re aligned with the present moment, the mind flows beautifully…

    Meaningful post +_+

  • ganesh said:

    it was awsome and cool

  • Steve on self-confidence said:

    Cool exercises! Reminds me of some the things we did in the 60’s……

  • Gewdton said:

    Is there an extra exercise step where it can help me start doing all these 10 exercise steps?

    I always have trouble getting something started especially something thats require huge amount of focus and concentration or just something that sounds boring.

    Horrible short attention span!

  • Gary said:

    I got to number three and decided this looked like something I could use. So I bookmarked it and stumbled on …………..

  • hitesh said:

    interesting and really useful…!

  • ashutosh said:


    i will try them for enabling my attempts for exams successful!

  • Abbas -Pak said:

    It was an excellent article which helped me a lot to get control on my mind. Its a great job done by the managment of this blog. May God bless you for sucg contributions and services.

  • Indrajit Metya said:

    I will try and comment after one month

  • syed said:

    it a great way to ur success….develop ths ideas in ur daily life…

  • Asim said:

    Yes it’s good suggestion and the techniques stated here might works ,I feel these are as common as valuable and simple too. We expect if get some way out of meditation and some diagrams used for concentration it would be great .

    Thanks .

  • THANK YOU said:

    Thank you so much!

    Hopefully this can help me with my studies. In 2 days i can already feel my mind being more functional and having more focus.

  • Gerald said:

    Advice like this is very important for life and mind development. Peopl shuld take this stuff more seriously.

  • Eric said:

    Very interesting. Will give it a try and will return for result after sometime. Thanks.

  • ANUPAM RAWAT said:

    pretty cool exercises…..everyone should try it.

  • Daniel said:

    Something I use that’s so similar to all these is an iPhone app called Dotout that is basically just a dot on your iphone that you look at for a certain time, it fades in and out and that’s really all it is but when I use it before tests I just feel calmer and more alert.

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  • Roderick said:

    Fantastic post. I think I will enjoy implementation #6 the most. Kudos to this post!

  • Gurkhas Kukri said:

    During Exercise calculation time duration is very hard. If we I look at clock it distract the mind. Therefore If we count silencely it will work better i think.

    Gurkhas Kukri

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  • Omega 3 said:

    These exercises are great for focus, thanks!

  • cosmo said:

    Great article. I would work on your verbiage, however. Let someone proof read your work before posting.

  • Ted said:

    The article is very understanding. Good work!

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    At which poing people start claiming that Catholics aren’t Christian….

  • Clenbuterol said:

    When you feel calm and relax then your mind remain fresh and it creates some constructive thoughts which gives benefits to your work and social life.

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  • Sinisa Janicijevic said:

    Great article. I was always focusing on body exercise. But better focus and concentration are rely important for achieving many goals.

  • The Time Man said:

    Focused action on the right task is the key to good time management. These exercises can be very useful in training the mind to focus better for an extended period of time.

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