Summary of “The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world”

We have known for a long time that repeated interruptions affect concentration.
“My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case any more. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.”
Put simply, better concentration makes life easier and less stressful and we will be more productive.
Every time your concentration is interrupted by a stray thought, wait until the second hand is at the 12 again, and start again.
In an effort to improve concentration skills, it’s worth considering how looking at and then visualising something, can reinforce concentration.
There is no right or wrong way to do this, it’s just an opportunity to practise focus and improve concentration.
Music is often just a background noise but real, complicated musical notation can be more than just pleasurable, it can be a real boon to helping relearn concentration skills.
Like anything, single-minded attention may need relearning in order to enjoy reading for pleasure again, but close reading in itself can be a route to better concentration.

The orginal article.