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Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked: Here's How to Stay Sharp

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Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked: Here's How to Stay Sharp
Gazzaley and Rosen say some activities may boost cognition and attention by stimulating the brain's ability to strengthen and reorganize existing neural connections, a process called neuroplasticity. Activities that may boost cognition include physical exercise, meditation and spending time in nature. Recent research also finds that some cognitive exercises may also help.

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Attention = Focusing + Ignoring

Attention = Focusing + Ignoring

Paying attention involves two separate distinct brain functions: 

  1. “enhancement” - our ability to focus on things that matter) 
  2. “suppression” - our ability to ignore the things that don’t. 

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Suppressing distraction gets harder with age

Suppressing distraction gets harder with age

Our ability to filter out distractions, not our concentration, diminishes with age. 

As we grow older we get more and more distracted. 

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Less visual clutter to eliminate distractions

Less visual clutter to eliminate distractions

When your eyes are closed, your brain isn’t working as hard to filter out visual information. So: 

  • Use one screen, one browser window, and one computer program at a time.
  • Keep your physical and virtual desktop tidy.

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Activities that boost focus

Activities that boost focus

To increase our ability to concentrate try :

  • Exercise
  • Meditation 
  • Spending time in nature may help boost cognitive control
  • Coggnitive exercises & immersive action video games 

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Taking good breaks

This is important for your daily productivity. Good breaks can leave us feeling refreshed and energized. It can reduce mental fatigue, boost brain function and keep us on-task for extended periods....

The brain and goal management

The prefrontal cortex of the brain is mainly responsible for goal management. It orchestrates attention, working memory and other cognitive resources to help us get what we want.

For a challenging task, briefly taking our minds off the goal can renew and strengthen motivation. Doing activities that rely on different brain regions is best to restore focus.

Going Natural

Exposure to nature restores the mind. One study showed better working memory scores for people after a walk in a natural environment, but not in an urban setting.

If you are unable to go into nature, find plants, fresh air or a fish tank. Sit down, take a deep breath, and notice the details of nature. Research shows that even looking at some pictures of nature can work.

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Practice Slow Work

When we react to every little thing that comes up at work, we lose focus and attention.

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Stress is unavoidable, but we can create systems to decrease its influence over our capacity to work. These systems vary from person to person but they often include meditation, aerobic exercise (i.e. running, cycling, walking), surrounding yourself in nature, and eating healthfully.

When you know an upcoming project will generate stress, anticipate scheduling periods into your work plan to participate in the stress management activities that work for you.

Seek To Explain

Memorization doesn’t necessarily mean learning. The test for whether you understand a subject or not is the capacity you have to explain your subject or argument. 

Get your focus back

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Train your focus

In order to train your focus, check out the below useful tips:

  • keep track of the moments when you tend to lose your attention so you can plan activities for those very moments that require less focus
  • practice meditation so you can guide your mind back to the initial activity
  • control the distractions around you, in order to be able to better concentrate
  • work for shorter periods of time, while making sure you stay focus throughout those periods

Improve your focus

Staying focused is one of the key factors to having success in all the possible fields. Have a look at the below tips on how to improve your focus:

  • use your brain in activities that lead to learning a new skill, while showing progress and encouragement
  • check with your doctor as soon as you have any doubts on whether the medications you take can affect your focus
  • keep track of your intake of sugar and coffee, as both can seriously decrease your power of focus
  • stay social, as it brings you both more happiness and an increase in focus