If our thoughts start wandering…
…our concentration gets lost. Thoughts we want to follow through don’t get lost, but disappear somewhere in the background. That’s disturbing at times when we want to make progress in our work, to develop new ideas or to just reflect on a particular topic. Home-office conditions, when we experience lots of various distractions, make it particularly difficult. What could we do to re-focus again on our initial subject?
Starting from this for many of us frequent situation and inspired by a related article in ‘New Scientist’ (Caroline Williams, ‘…tame your wandering mind and achieve better focus‘, 20170520) I remembered a simple but suprisingly reliable trick. As soon as you caught yourself in daydreaming, just stop it by asking yourself
What will be my next thought?
This not only stops your wandering mind at once, but gives you the (usually much wanted) opportunity to choose the next topic yourself.
Try it out!
This content has been published as a Letter to the Editor in ‘New Scientist’, 20170708, under the title of the Beatles-Song ‘The rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering‘.