What are some techniques you use to keep your mind focused and free from wandering thoughts when you are trying to concentrate? For example, I employ some habits that make boring school lectures more interesting and allow me to do something constrictive, yet still be attentive. I will count down from 100 to -100, mentally, and then count up from -100 to 100. If something important is being said I will stop [ if it demands that much attention, though, lectures rarely do.] but will continue when I am able. I find that this counting of numbers keeps my head clear of: Worrying about problems that I cannot solve at the moment, random songs popping into my head, stopping any unwanted story ideas and so forth. My mind feels more aware and attentive in this state. If my thoughts start to drift I say the numbers loudly [ inside of my head of course] and force my attention on counting. I have asked many people and have received different reponses. Here are a few common ones: -Yes, I draw or doodle to keep my focus -Yes, I look to the side of whatever I'm paying attention to [I don't understand this one, so if anyone could explain...?] -No. I don't ever focus, what are you talking about? -Well, usually I'll just focus really hard [Yet they fail to mention -HOW-] Any questions, comments, concerns or responses?