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Why I Cannot Focus My Mind and What Are the Reasons?

Do you sometimes ask yourself, “why I cannot focus my mind?”

You might ask this question when you cannot focus when studying, learning a new topic, listen to a lecture or reading a book.

As a student, do you listen to every word the lecturer says? You might seem to pay attention, while your mind is roaming elsewhere, and if the lecturer asks you a question, you don’t even know what he asked because you were not paying attention.

A 2015 study by Microsoft Canada discovered that that the average attention span was about 12 seconds in 2008, while a few years later, it dropped to eight seconds. Nowadays, it is probably even lower.

What is the meaning of “the average attention span”?
The average attention span is the amount of time you can focus on a task or a thought without becoming distracted.

What Are the Reasons that You Cannot Focus?

There are several reasons why you cannot focus your mind. If you have difficulties to concentrate it does not mean that you have to accept them. When you know the reasons, it becomes easier to deal with them and improve your concentration.

Divided Attention

If you have several things on your mind, you find it difficult to give precedence to only one topic. Your mind will be wandering between the two or more matters on your mind, and you will not be able to pay due attention to any of them.

It is the same with tasks. People often try to carry out several tasks at the same time. This makes it difficult to focus clearly and well on any of the tasks. You will need to constantly shift your attention from one task to another and therefore, waste time and energy.

You cannot focus your mind if you divide your attention between several tasks, and this reduces your efficiency.

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