We all have experienced that feeling when you are in a long meeting and your mind wonders. The same can happen when you are in a ‘classroom’ being trained. Rather then ‘fight it’, we help our learners use this to their advantage. In our ‘Learning To Learn‘ training course, which is the first part of Sticky Learning ®, we help them use the ‘Distraction tool’.
Albert Einstein sat in a comfortable chair in the evenings before he went to bed, holding a steel ball in his hand. He knew the power of ‘daydreaming’ and had figured out how to replicate it, because he knew that this was where he could find the solution to many of the mathematical problems that he’d encountered during the day. What he didn’t know then, but we know now, is that he was accessing alpha brain waves, where the right and left side of the brain come together in a daydream like state. By holding the steel ball and not letting it drop to the floor, he kept himself from falling asleep and maintained the daydream state.
Staying 100% engaged all day long is just not possible for anyone. We encourage our learners to accept that they will go into a daydream at some points through the day. To harness the power of this state they are taught to use the ‘Distraction tool’. A page headed-up ‘Distractions’ and kept on the desk in front of them. When a learner experiences a daydream moment, they let it happen, embrace it, write it down and then return to be present again with the other learners.
How do you keep yourself focussed? Please share your view by commenting below.