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

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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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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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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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We all tend, to a different degree, to lose our focus once in a while. However, when this becomes a habit, we should contact a doctor, as it can occur due to serious underlying conditions, such as depression. The good news is that there have been identified some steps that can help one improve the ability to concentrate.

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Focus on concentration - Harvard Health

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How to improve concentration: 12 science based tips and more
  1. Train your brain. Playing certain types of games can help you get better at concentrating (sudoku, chess etc)
  2. Get your game on. Brain games may not be the only type of game that can help improve concentration
  3. Improve sleep
  4. Make time for exercise
  5. Spend time in nature
  6. Give meditation a try
  7. Take a break
  8. Listen to music.
  9. Try quitting on meat and animal products (evidence based)
  10. Drink caffeine- no problem if you wish to avoid it but studies do show caffeine can benefit your focus span
  11. Try supplemets for the following- b12, omega 3, folate, choline, vit k etc
  12. concentration workout such as doodling

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How to Improve Concentration: 12 Science-Backed Tips, and More

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The critical window of childhood

There is an assumption that in the first years of life the vast majority of the brain’s development occurs, and after this period, the trajectory of human development is more or less fixed. 
The truth is that experience can change both the brain’s physical structure and its functional organization— neuroplasticity. Also, mindful meditation can produce structural brain changes significant enough to be picked up by MRI scanners.

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How to separate learning myths from reality

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