Why can I no longer concentrate while reading?

15 mistakes to avoid while reading

Are you a good reader, or are you making these 15 mistakes?

Anyone can read an age minus 5/6 years, depending on when he / she started reading.
It's a familiar one habitthat very few think about. Texts have changed massively, materials (today still more digital) have changed, the speed has completely changed.

If you use a certain software program on your computer, it is normal that you will find one after a certain period of time Update do. Even if the interface changes, you can simply continue to use the program and you will get there faster and faster. Automatism sets in, you don't have to think about the basic functions and can design and handle them according to your preferences.

When it comes to reading, very few people make a good update. Therefore, due to the changes in the outside, various errors creep in.

In order to read efficiently, you should avoid the following mistakes:

  1. Read when you are tired.
    There are times when the brain works “better” for attentive activities than at other times. The mistake that many people make during office hours is to edit texts because they are just coming in now, because they are at the table, because people are always reading at this time.
    Prime time, the time when the brain is productive, receptive, creative, should be used for reading. Times when you are tired are ideal for doing activities that do not require special mental effort. Reading is definitely not one of them.
  2. Reading when there is a distraction around you.
    You should be able to concentrate while reading. So that your brain not only carries out the activity of reading, but also receives the maximum amount of content, memorizes or saves it for editing, make sure that you really have the necessary peace. Silent phone, close the door, switch off the computer or switch off all functions that alert you to incoming information.
  3. Reading when you are stressed.
    Stress and concentration are only possible for a short time. As soon as you have to concentrate, you need inner readiness, calm and / or balance. To be ready to read, take a few minutes to fully focus on the activity ahead. (Incidentally, this also applies to other activities and guarantees higher motivation and quality ...)
  4. Reading when your brain isn't ready.
    Your brain is busy doing many things at the same time. Always. However, it works exactly according to your preferred instructions, otherwise the unconscious takes control. Conscious pre-reading focus is unreservedly the primary means of reading successfully.
  5. Reading is completely unknown.
    Occurs, but can easily be changed: getting the most important messages out of the reading material in advance, clear strategies for developing the reading material and targeted decoding of important terms help you to make the reading material brain-friendly from the start.
  6. Read too long.
    Reading requires a lot of attention, conscious concentration and movement in the brain. If you read during the day, give your body some exercise as well, at least small units, like going to the window, around the house ...
    Your brain has pulse times when it works best. Take short breaks after sessions that last no longer than about 20 minutes. Look up, breathe consciously, realign your focus and continue reading. So you can cope with a lot of reading material without getting completely tired.
  7. Reading without aim.
    What do you want with the info? How can you use the information? Where will you use it. Give your brain direction, it will immediately work better and more focused. Try it!
  8. Always read the same way.
    Reading is a habit. Break these habits. You wouldn’t listen to someone tell you things the same way for hours ... don’t artificially bore your brain!
  9. Read all texts the same way.
    Every text has a different quality. Just like the point before, make a difference in how you read texts. Articles are structured differently than non-fiction books, books with different topics are almost always written in different languages. Don't just vary the pace, but especially the demands and quality of your reading.
  10. Read texts that don't motivate you at all.
    Before you lapse into total displeasure, spend a few minutes making the text "pleasurable" for you. Combine content with pleasant experiences or deal with the goal that you will achieve after reading the text.
  11. Read pre-marked books.
    Personally, I work in books with Post-its. As soon as you highlight a text, your attention will automatically fall on these places. However, it is easily possible that you will have completely different demands on your reading at a later point in time and then you will find it difficult not to bring the old opinion back up, but to read new aspects. Better to take a new copy ...
  12. Read professional texts in the private sector.
    The main mistake, of course, is reading professional texts in bed at night. Your brain stays in doing mode and, if necessary, takes the stress associated with reading with you to sleep. Doesn't make a good night! Keep the areas neatly apart, you protect yourself with it and maintain your private reading pleasure.
  13. Read something completely ... instead of reading several works.
    You know this: a good book, already learned some important things and now you have two other works next to you. Why not read all three? You can do that easily, on the contrary: in order to increase your memory, intentionally take something completely different into your focus, it increases attention and you are forced to take clear, unambiguous images in your head.
  14. Read when there is too little light.
    Reading, eyes, light. These three components are essential. Studies have shown that too much and too little light are bad - but reading works for both. You can feel best yourself what is exactly right. Too little light is more stressful for the eyes, and you cannot tolerate too much or too bright light for long anyway. Small eye training and eye muscle relaxations are effective, but beware of dubious offers!
  15. Read in a bad posture.
    There is a connection between your head (brain) and the rest of the body that is essential for the active absorption of knowledge. As soon as your shoulders tense up, this connection is disrupted, which affects learning because you have to be able to feel good to learn well. It is best to take breaks again and again so that you can always adjust your posture well.

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