How Mindfulness Increased My Attention Span

By Jimmy Warden

Paying attention is a lost art.

Without it, we cannot have valuable relationships or complete meaningful work. Some studies have recorded human attention spans as low as 8.25 seconds. Other experiments recorded attention spans as high as 15 minutes.

What is an antidote to this?


I’ve practiced mindfulness for over 300 hours in the past four years, and I can attest that it has increased my attention span.

Over the years, I’ve gone from meditating for 5 minutes to 10 minutes to 20 minutes to 40 minutes to an all-day silent retreat.

I’ve utilized practices like:

• Focused attention
• Visualization
• 5-points of awareness

Those practices train the brain to sustain attention for fixed periods of time and refocus its attention on the object (or objects) of focus.

My mindfulness habits have translated to the real world because now I can:

• Focus on one task at a time
• Focus on one task for at least one hour
• Refocus my attention when it wanders

If you’re someone trying to increase their attention span, you should try these practices. I’d recommend starting with focused attention because that practice is most relevant to the need for increased attention.

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