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Strengthen Your Higher-Level Thinking

Young person sits on a mattress inside a travel van, working on a laptop beside a beautiful field of flowers.

How can you take steps to escape distractions?

Even in a world of overstimulation, you can single-task and create other habits to support your ability to focus.

SCIENCE SAYS:

Distractions are enticing because the brain releases dopamine, a "feel-good" hormone, but when you reduce stimulations in your environment you can expand your attention span and brain performance.

WAYS TO BEGIN:

  • Focus on one priority task at a time. Multitasking increases stress and reduces quality of performance.
  • Declutter your workspace. Simplifying your environment and limiting devices can help focus on priorities.
  • Take brain breaks. Taking a 5-minute brain break five times each day helps clear your mind and enhance focus.
  • Strategize better productivity. What motivates you to focus? Every person responds to sensory stimuli differently. Cultivate a sensory environment to meet your needs, one that helps you limit distractions and encourage single-tasking.

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