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Simplify to Sharpen Your Mind

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How can you create a distraction-free environment?

In a world dominated by constant stimulation, escape from distractions may seem impossible, but taking steps to control sources of overstimulation can help restore your ability to focus.


The brain rewards you with dopamine, a "feel-good" hormone, just for seeking out distraction. But reducing the stimulations in your environment will expand the brain's attention span. Blocking out other stimuli, and focusing on a single task, helps generate true insights.


  • Maintain a workspace free of clutter and devices.
  • Think strategically about how environment motivates you.
  • Give yourself regular brain breaks, clearing your mind of intentional thought.
  • Explore how different senses cause distractions and look for solutions (try earbuds to minimize distracting sounds or change the way you light your workspace.)

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