The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there. When you work, work. When you play, play. Don’t mix the two. – Jim Rohn
I really liked this quote! Wherever you are, be there. Whatever you are doing, do it with your full attention. Whomever you are talking to, listen with both ears.
I always laugh (internally) at people that claim they are multitasking in meetings. They are on their laptop, typing on their blackberry or taking notes from something other than the meeting. I believe true multitasking only takes place on computers. People, on the other hand, are not able to do that very effectively. Concerning my multitasking coworkers, without fail, every single one of them miss some crucial comments in the meeting. Then, several minutes later, they ask a question about something that was already discussed.
Multitasking means that you are spreading your attention too thin. Nothing is getting your full concentration and therefore you miss things, don’t have a complete experience or have to repeat actions and questions.
The most important thing is that putting your full concentration on whatever you are doing will bring you a deep satisfaction that you may have not experienced before. You’ll pick up on nuances of the experience. You’ll learn more. You’re creativity will expand. You’ll enjoy what you are doing.
So, next time you are doing something, anything, be there. Be fully there. Have a better experience.