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How to Increase Your Attention Span

Increase your attention span and improve your focus with these tips.

Attention span is the amount of time an individual can focus on a task or activity without getting distracted. In today's fast-paced world, with abundant information and distractions, it is essential to have a good attention span to stay productive and focused.

However, studies have shown that the average attention span of a human being has decreased from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to just 8 seconds in 2015, which is one second less than that of a goldfish.

This decrease in attention span has been attributed to an over-reliance on technology, especially smartphones and the internet, which has got us used to quick bursts of information.

So, here are some tips to increase your attention span and stay focused:

Set goals and prioritize tasks

Having a clear objective in mind and prioritizing tasks helps in keeping focus and completing them efficiently. Create a to-do list, break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and start prioritizing them for execution.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness helps in keeping the mind calm and focused on the present moment. Take a few minutes to meditate every day and practice deep breathing exercises to improve your ability to focus.

Limit distractions

Turn off notifications from social media and email when working on a task. Put away your phone and any other distractions to stay focused. Your workspace or desk has to be where nothing but work gets done and anything unnecessary should be kept away.

Exercise regularly

Exercise improves brain function and helps in keeping the mind alert and focused. Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can help improve your attention span. To organize this better, schedule the workout on the Routine Calendar, and you'll never miss it again.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can cause fatigue and reduce the ability to focus. Make sure to get enough sleep and establish a consistent sleep schedule. One thing you can do right now is take the chronotype quiz to determine your ideal sleep and wake schedule.

Take breaks

It is essential to take breaks and give your mind a rest. Spending too much time on a task without breaks can lead to fatigue and decreased attention span. You can use the Pomodoro Technique to manage your work and break times.


In conclusion, increasing your attention span is essential for staying productive and focused in today's fast-paced world.

By setting goals, practicing mindfulness, limiting distractions, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks, you can improve your attention span and stay focused on your tasks.

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