Focus is a particularly hard thing to find in the days of digital distractions galore, but training one’s brain to attain ninja-like concentration is the key to boosting productivity, even if it’s only for a short period of time every day.
One of the problems, according to co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, David Rock, is that we get a certain thrill from multitasking that may not otherwise be good for our minds:
“Your brain’s reward circuit lights up when you multitask,” Rock says, meaning that you get an emotional high when you’re doing a lot at once.
Nadia Goodman at Entrepreneur offers three suggestions for finding the concentration sweet spot for at least twenty minutes a day, though, which can make far more of a difference (and be far more of a challenge) than you ever imagined.
1. Do creative work first. Typically, we do mindless work first and build up to the toughest tasks. That drains your energy and lowers your focus. “An hour into doing your work, you’ve got a lot less capacity than (at the beginning),” Rock says. “Every decision we make tires the brain.”
In order to focus effectively, reverse the order. Check off the tasks that require creativity or concentration first thing in the morning, and then move on to easier work, like deleting emails or scheduling meetings, later in the day.
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