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Many of us are challenged by the pace of work or life in general - by the incessant interruptions from emails, calls, texts, tweets, Whatsapps, Instagrams - and so our efficiency and our ability to concentrate becomes affected.

The practice of meditation, where we are developing our awareness of what the mind gets up to, helps us in turn to develop our ability to focus. Ultimately, if we can focus on the breath as an anchor point, and keep returning to it when the mind wanders off into thinking and planning, we can focus on completing our tax returns or preparing an overdue presentation. In time, we become less willing to be distracted by the things that can ultimately wait.