Writer: Jael Obi
I was going through a book sometime last week and I came across the phrase “wandering thoughts syndrome”. It was so striking that I decided to write on it.
Most of us someway or the other go through this. For example, while engaged in a conversation, suddenly you remember something else and almost for a minute or more you deviate from the exact thing you’re supposed to be doing at that time.
Wandering thoughts share the time you should spend focusing on a particular thing and if not curtailed, you may end up not returning to what you were doing initially. I’ve decided to drop some tips that can help us manage this syndrome.
1. If you get easily distracted, that flying bird can take you off your current work and drop you in the world of imaginations, then I would suggest you get a friend while working on a project or while studying. Having next to you, someone who would bring your attention back to the present anytime your mind travels is very helpful.
2. Try your best to work when your mind is calm and there is no distraction. It may require you to work at night, in the early hours of the morning or in a place where there are no fanciful things or lots of people who would take away your attention.
3. Do one thing at a time. If you would not want a situation where you’d have to abandon almost all you find yourself doing. This could send you into the world of an unorganized person. Start a job at a time, giving it your full attention and let all your thoughts be centred around it. If while working on a particular job an idea comes into mind, write it somewhere and leave it, when you’re done with your current job, you can go back to it.
Wandering thoughts syndrome can make a person very disorganized. You would have a table filled up with unfinished work or a library of unread books. Organize your thoughts together and train your mind to focus. Unless you train your mind, you won’t concentrate. The mind can be likened to wi-fi, it wanders to different areas for connection. You must train your mind to connect to one thing at a time. If the ideas are that important and helpful, write them down.