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Brainpower Contest Winner # 11

Here is the winning entry for the weekly brainpower contest:

(For rules and to see other winnimng entries, visit the page Brainpower Tips Contest.)

I just want to enter the competition, with what I use. I don't know if they have been reported about earlier, maybe they have. I hope you can use them though:

My biggest problem when memorizing things (e.g. for school) has always been to stay focused. I have found three things that I use to boost my concentration after a while, when mind wanders.

If you feel tired: first take one deep breath then hold it for 10-20 seconds, then take a new breath very fast and hold it yet again. Do this for one or two minutes. It is important you do not give yourself a rest
between the breaths. The effect reminds me of taking a walk (but it is much quicker).

If you can't help but think of other things all the time: most often this is because the task is not hard and stimulating enough. Start walk around while holding the book or whatever in your hand. You will find walking stimulates the brain just enough to make you concentrate better. If you still can't concentrate though I'd suggest you to bring that thing of which you are thinking of up, and then forget about it consciously.

And the last thing you need to do (this is a classic one); you need to be ruthless about setting aside time. Say to yourself; 30 minutes of work; then do it. No matter what.

Best regards,

Calle Ekdahl, From Sweden

Walking always helps me when I want to concentrate, but I hadn't thought about carrying the material to be studied while walking. Thank you Calle, and I hope that you like the prize.

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