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2. Be Reasonable and Practical
Improving your attention is a great goal to have, but you must be reasonable and practical when setting out. You will have poor attention at times. You will not be able to remember every piece of information people give you. You will not suddenly be able to memorize the 50 states and their capitals in under three minutes. Setting your bar too high is unrealistic, but if you feel that your attention is less than average, set a goal that is obtainable. Without a goal, you will not know if you are actually making progress or not, which defeats the purpose of improving yourself.