Why you close your eyes when you want to concentrate and focus? You don’t?
I do. This technique falls into Resources Management bucket of the Personal Performance Engineering Practices
My take is that when you close your eyes your release very important resource – your imagination. That way external visual world distracts you less and helps unleashing the full power of your imagination.
I use this technique when I am trying to get a grip on complex problem. Even when with the customer I ask for the permission to close my eyes and listen that way. I listen and visualize what I hear. Weird a bit but works great for me and for the customer too. I spend less customers’ time saving them form asking redundant questions.
Lately I attended a talk where the presenter mentioned Rambam, one of the greatest doctors and philosophers of Middle Ages. The presenter said that people called Rambam “sleeping doctor” as he was listening to his patients with his eyes shut. It helped him to concentrate.
I found interesting rundown on The Ultimate Mystery: What Do Our Brains Do While Sleeping? that discusses what goes on in our brain when our eye shut:
“We think what’s happening during sleep is that you open the aperture of memory and are able to see this bigger picture,”
Note that there are situations that you better keep your eye wide open, like the case of driving :).
Want to focus and solve a complex problem? Close your eyes, ignite your imagination, focus and see a bigger picture, see the solution.
What is your practice? Please, share.