Technology has made our lives indefinitely easier over the years, especially over the past decade. However, as we attempted to solve one problem, the solution itself gave rise to another problem: it could potentially be making us ‘brain-lazy’. The term was popularized by Harley Street hypnotherapist Malminder Gill and was defined as “a lack of motivation, ability or awareness to focus one’s mind, the absence of which leads to a monotonous style of thought which in turn dictates mood, beliefs, and attitude over time. She further stated that brain laziness can lead to what she called a silent epidemic, destroying our ability to finish a thought, solve a problem, or even complete a sentence. It is not so much the technology to blame, but how we use it and the effect it has been having on our neural capabilities.
Try To Avoid Multitasking
Multitasking seems to be like the norm in the 21st century, but it only leads to a depreciation in the quality of the outcome desired. Even though we seem to think that multitasking makes us more efficient, but in reality, it has quite the opposite effect. Focusing on one thing at a time can reduce the mental clutter in your mind and help you concentrate on it better, hence improving the quality of the outcome. You can also make use of streamlined music – a kind of soothing music that was developed by neuroscientists – to put you in the zone and help focus on one task at a time.
Take Regular Breaks
Always remember to take short breaks at regular intervals so that your brain can relax for a short while before focusing on the same task again. When your actions become monotonous, it becomes difficult to concentrate, and therefore long hours of work and skipping lunch may seem effective in getting things done when it actually does not. If you do not take breaks, it can decrease mental performance, make thinking more rigid, reduce attention levels, and slow down decision making.
Daily Mental Exercises
Easily getting distracted is seen as a bad habit, and with most habits, it is easy to break it by introducing small positive changes into the routine you follow every day. It is always possible to train your way out of a habit such as this and therefore there is no reason to fret over it. One of the best ways is by focusing completely for 5 minutes on the task at hand and then having a two-minute break. Another effective way is by reading slowly with a focused mind. The mind gets to hone its senses onto each word full stop, hence enhancing concentration.