Brain Byte: Improve Attention and Focus

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Attention to detail is not always easy, but there are tools to help us.

We all get distracted at times, especially when we have many activities in the hopper at one time.  Some events we are responsible for and some we are obligated to participate in, but they all require some amount of attention.  The busy times in our lives can impact the quality of our attention and focus.  Other factors that impact our focus can include our physical state: hormonal imbalances, too much or too little sleep, and stress.

The good news is that in spite of environmental or physical variables, we have the power to have improve our attention and focus.  But, we must take action!

Smart Strategies to Improve Attention and Focus

Make Notes – Writing forces you to pay attention; helps move information from short-term to long-term memory; and you have a record if you need it later.

Control Distractions – Take charge of controllable distractions around you.  Turn off the TV/Radio, manage the temperature so that you are not too cold or too warm, if you are hungry then eat.

Quiet Time – If it is too noisy or too busy where you are attempting to concentrate, then move!  Find a library nearby that you can count on for your focus time.  Perhaps you have a spot in your yard that you can designate as your focus space. You may consider purchasing noise-reducing headphones for your workstation.

Voice record your notes – you may use your smartphone to record notes when you are in a hurry.  If you don’t have a smartphone there are mini-recorders available at low-cost, some made specifically for your key chain.  You may especially consider voice recording important information such as advice from your doctor or imperative projects.  When you are under stress there is greater chance you will forget information left to your memory alone.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 13:00:36

    As you know, I take medications that really mess with my memory and concentration, so to make sure I could concentrate without distractions, I saved this post to read later. It makes me feel good I had some things going already. And it paid off, too. I took notes on your strategies & recorded them onto my iPhone to make sure I had them with me as a future reminder. Feels good to know I’m fighting this memory/concentration thing head on. =)


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