Regain Your Focus

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Multitasking may speed you through your to-do list, but it also makes you more likely to make mistakes and miss important cues, and less likely to retain information. Here are three ways to focus:

  • Think good thoughts. Positive emotions improve the brain’s executive function and encourage creative and strategic thinking. Improve your emotional balance by actively thinking about things that make you happy.
  • Ban distractions. Be aware of what steals your attention. When disrupted, make a conscious choice to return to the task at hand.
  • Leave things behind. When you turn to a new task, part of your brain is still thinking about the last one. Before starting something new, go for a walk, climb stairs, or do some deep breathing to clear your head.

Adapted from “Train Your Brain to Focus” by Paul Hammerness, MD, and Margaret Moore.

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