The 10 Best Tools to Stay Mentally Sharp at Work - Deepstash

During complex tasks, staying sharp can be difficult. When you desperately need to focus, it can be tricky to stop a wandering mind.

However, there are tools we can use to stay alert and powe...

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The 10 Best Tools to Stay Mentally Sharp at Work

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Taking a break from a problem for a time can lead to a breakthrough. But looking at your email or Facebook can make it harder to return to the task. If you need a break, it is best to take ...

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Wean yourself off your phone

A task can be perceived as effortful when we are really calculating opportunity costs. For attention-demanding tasks, the brain needs to focus on one thing and ignore the rest. Yet, it prefers lowe...

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Shift to the "meta" task

At times, you may get stuck. To get out of it, switch to a "meta" task, meaning shift to a more abstract layer of a problem such as figuring out why you're stuck.

For example, if you are ...

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Apply the Yerkes-Dodson Law

The Yerkes-Dodson Law is a U-shaped connection between general arousal and execution. Research found that when an individual is too alert or too relaxed, performance suffers. Simpl...

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Set specific, achievable, short-term goals

In his research, Edwin Locke found that specific challenging goals created better performance. However, some limitations apply.

  • For complex tasks, a goal-oriente...

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An interruption-free environment

It is challenging to stay focused when you are constantly interrupted. Your boss sending regular emails, a deskmate talking, a three-year-old continually interrupting.

The key to improving fo...

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Find your quitting triggers

Difficult work can make you want to quit after a few minutes.

However, the urge to give up is seldom constant. The desire to quit arrives at predictable moments. If you can i...

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Master the Power Nap

Taking a twenty-minute nap can refresh your mental performance.

The key is to avoid getting into the deeper stages of sleep that cause grogginess.

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Your working memory corresponds closest to a mental bandwidth. It's the things that you're thinking about now. However, working memory is in contrast to long-term memory,

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When it comes to our focus, we may try a task, realise our mind is wandering and correcting ourselves. Except this makes it even harder to focus.

One solution is mindfulness meditatio...

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