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Tuning out distractions while reading

I find it almost impossible to read when someone is watching TV in the same room or having a conversation at the next table. These are situations where I don't have control over my environment (I can't make people stop talking or turn off the TV). I'd like to be better at "walling off" the distractions mentally so that they don't disrupt my reading so much. Is this a skill I can develop? Are there techniques I can use to improve my ability to focus in these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by Gerald Bostock on Jun 23, 2016 - 24 answers

Office Hours at Home

My partner often comes up to me and starts talking no matter what I'm doing - reading a book, writing, working on a drawing. He doesn't wait until I make eye contact or acknowledge him - he just starts talking. This means that when I'm concentrating on something I'm frequently interrupted. Is there a way for me to remain physically present and available for occasional conversation while signalling that I am busy and don't wish to be constantly interrupted? [more inside]
posted by sleepy psychonaut on Dec 26, 2015 - 30 answers

Getting Back Into Reading

I love to read and have been a quick reader in the past. However, since I've dealt with so much anxiety/depression/PTSD the past few years, my ability to finish a book has suffered greatly. I frequently pick up books and abandon them even if I like them. Now that I'm feeling better and able to function more, I want to finish some of the books that have been on my list for ages. Does anybody have suggestions for rebuilding a reading habit? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 3, 2015 - 17 answers

Resources for learning to learn more effectively?

I'm looking for resources for evidence-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Help with focus when reading dull, dry, and lengthy scientific papers or texts please. Yet another attention deficit question.

How do I maintain my focus and make sure my comprehension is maximized when reading (required) heavy or something I don't find terribly interesting? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 18, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise?

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Dec 6, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I improve my ability to read?

How do I improve my ability to read? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Jul 6, 2010 - 16 answers

How long is the average attention span?

What is considered a reasonable amount of time to be able to concentrate on one task? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Feb 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Unstuff my brain

How to reset my brain after long reading sessions. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 2, 2006 - 37 answers

Reading attention span.

I used to be able to read for hours. Now I'm lucky if I can read for ten minutes before checking my e-mail. What to do? [more inside]
posted by trey on Mar 11, 2005 - 29 answers

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