Observation is a healthy brain skill. Using the senses to their fullest, paying special attention to many details, focus, analysis, reasoning, and memory all take up various processes in the brain. Many people envy those who are highly observant, belittling their powers of observation. They don't seem to understand that these skills can be developed and honed with diligence and practice. Here are the actions I found that contribute to improving your own powers of observation. Observation will not only help you be more knowledgeable and smarter in general, but it will also increase the effectiveness of work, relationships, etc. Observation is a very important life skill that many people take for granted.
Step 1. Meditate
Mindfulness meditation is the act of clearing the mind to pay attention to the moment and the world around you. Sitting meditation is the best way to get started; close your eyes and focus on your breathing. The idea is not to get lost in your thoughts or the world around you. As you practice this awareness, concentrate on the breath, sort of like a tape recorder. By practicing this for thirty minutes a day, you will begin to train your mind to pay attention to the environment, and you will hone your attention and concentration, two very important skills for observation. Meditation researchers have found that their gray matter, where attention, focus, and sensory processing are located, thickens and increases in size through regular meditation. They also found that meditation improved brain activity levels, similar to shifting a car into a higher gear. This means faster processing, better memory, focus, attention, etc. All skills that are important for observation.
Step 2. Exercise your logic constantly
Provided that logic and observation are separate, they go well together. Exercise in logic puzzles, Rubik's Cube, cryptograms, etc. will help to hone the power of logical reasoning. Sites that offer brain games often offer logic exercises to help improve your logic. With the help of everyday practice, the art of logic will become natural and easy for you, allowing you to extract information that is not visible to the naked eye. So a person can be several steps ahead of the game.
Step 3. Practice recalling something
Memory is another tool that observers use in noticing, or they observe in the hope of retaining information. By triggering the events of day after night and thinking about them, you exercise a fourth of the brain. She participates in memory, working memory, reasoning and analysis. Many of the same skills are used in effective observation. For further improvement, practice long-term memory once a week, choosing a date or event, then remember and think about as many details as possible. This exercises the same skills in a much more dramatic way and will help increase the functionality of the frontal lobes. Thinking about things in this way also helps to extract more knowledge from experience, gain a more mature and rational view of the past, and perhaps even solve any confusion about the past. The same skills can be applied to foresight. Helps to remain vigilant about what is happening in life and gives an idea of what will happen.
Step 4. Try new things
Learning new things helps to improve observation by attracting attention. Taking it further and consciously remembering to pay close attention to the details of the environment and the experience will help enrich the experience, increase the level of knowledge, and using observation is the best way to enhance the skills in question.
Step 5. Learn by trial and error
Look back consistently to find out what you actually observed, and then figure out new details that you should check when observing, this will improve the skills. If you continually forget to pay close attention, try to find ways to help remind you. A skill takes a lot of preparation, and with this preparation you will find that they become more automatic and easier to use.
Step 6. Test observation and recall skills
Take pen and paper and leave the room. Now, write down everything in the room. Any object, don't miss anything. Everything you can remember. You will learn that you cannot remember as many objects as you thought. Remember, you cannot look at the room while you are recording objects. Go back to the room and look at everything you've missed, everything you've seen countless times but didn't notice. Now take a close look at everything. Repeat the test and you will see that the list is now longer. Keep doing this every day and you will get better. You can do this exercise with anything: people's faces, clothes, objects, dogs, in essence: Anything with a lot of detail.
- Remember, this can take a while depending on how you work and how focused you are. But it can be achieved, just work hard and pay attention.
- Remember to keep an eye on what you see.
- Observation is a skill that takes time to perfect, practice even if you think you will never improve your awareness.
- As a reminder, I would recommend that you ask yourself specific questions in an order that brings up more details, such as "What kind of clothes he / she is wearing", "How did the conversation begin". The more questions you ask, the better you will be able to remember.
- Awareness tests are great tools for both improving and tracking improvements.