Many people of all ages have trouble staying still when necessary. Children will shift in their seats in a classroom, get increasingly agitated, and become disruptive. Those who have ADHD or autism find it even more difficult.
Workers and professionals cannot concentrate during training, meetings, or even while on the telephone. This adds to stress levels and can cause problems in the workplace. It can also affect opportunities for advancement.
At any given moment most people can get distracted, allow their minds to wander, or have trouble concentrating. It happens to everyone occasionally. That situation is manageable because it is not constant.
There are people who cannot focus, stay still, or remain on task for any length of time. Those who cannot concentrate on a daily basis may require some type of intervention. In some cases, that may mean a medication, a life coach to help develop coping strategies or a job that is not demanding.
One way to concentrate is to add repetitious stimulation to the activity. It is why some people pace while on the telephone or focus on breathing while riding the subway. Typically stimulation means keeping hands busy. There is always one person at the conference room table who clicks a pen or taps fingers on the table.
Quieter ways may be more appropriate. Manipulating a paper clip or elastic band on your lap can help significantly. Fidget spinners have increased in popularity among professionals and commuters because they are discrete and quiet. They are also cost-effective.
A central disc is held between the thumb and index finger. Two to six arms spin around the center when the user starts the movement. This keeps both hands busy without disturbing other people. There is great debate over whether these spinners help people concentrate, or distract them further. Give it a try to determine if it suits the purpose.
It is wise to have children try spinners at home. Some schools have banned them from the classroom. Find out what local rules are before allowing the child to bring the spinner to class. If the spinner does work for the child, it can still be useful while traveling in the car, attending social functions, or in a movie theater.