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13 Ways To Focus And Beat Distractions At Work

If you struggle to focus at work, it may be down to a lack of interest in the particular task, or that you’re not sold on it, or it may be down to the fact that you’re surrounded by what appears to be an endless stream of distractions. Here are 13 ways to focus and beat distractions at work written by Laura Schwecherl for Heathland Time and Greatest.com.  Some of these tips you’ll have seen before, such as planning ahead, eating breakfast, meditation etc, but there are quite a few additional, and somewhat original points that are well worth considering.
Ways To Focus And Beat Distractions At Work
  • Pinpoint the problem. What causes you to lose focus? Is it fatigue, hunger or a Twitter addition? Figuring out the issue is the first step toward trying to fix it.
  • Plan ahead. Envision what the workday will look like before it happens. Write down what things need to get done or what you want to accomplish. Setting goals can help people stay on track.
  • Eat a good breakfast. A bowl of oatmeal may do more than jump start metabolism. Studies have found that eating breakfast can improve attention and concentration, too. Here’s what the experts say you should eat in the morning.
  • Meditate. Scientists have discovered that meditation may enhance certain brain functions linked to attention. It can’t hurt to try shutting everything off to get more done in the long run.
  • Work offline. One survey found nearly 60% of disruptions at work come from email, social networks and cell phones. So for tasks that don’t involve the Internet, try using old-fashioned paper and pen — perfect for brainstorming! Put your phone on silent and check email only occasionally (try once every hour). Limit time on social media too. You can “like” your friend’s picture of his dog later.
  • Do smaller tasks. Some psychologists suggest that our brain works way too hard to process incredible amounts of information. So working on one large project can be overwhelming — like trying to plan a whole event at work in one afternoon. Split up projects into individual tasks so they’re easier to accomplish.

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Pinpointing the problem was an interesting point of these 13 ways to focus and beat distractions at work I thought. There’s enough information out there which talks about how to improve your ability to focus, but pinpointing the exact problem is often disregarded. Is it that you have too many windows open (of the operating system variety, not in your office or home), or that you’re easily taken off track by social media, or is it that you’re simply bored and looking for other things to do? Breaking your workload into smaller tasks is certainly great advice. The complete project can appear daunting so breaking it all down as a much easier way to maintain focus.

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5 Ways To Beat Stress At Work

Feeling stressed? Ever feel your near burnout? I’m sure most of us have been there and it’s a horrible feeling. Stress can seriously hinder your ability to focus. Here are 5 ways to beat  stress at work written for Forbes.com by Sara McCord of which I have excerpted the first (and my favourite) point. It’s so easy to sit at your desk for hours on end without realising where the time is going, and to get stressed that you’re not achieving much. Too much time in front of the computer is counter-productive as your brain actually needs a change of scene.

1. Take a Lunch Break (Or Better Yet, a Walk)

Ways To Beat Stress At Work When you’re exhausted, it can be tempting to just stay at your desk through lunch or spend that extra 10 minutes you have browsing Facebook. But save being glued to your computer screen for the times when it’s unavoidable—and make yourself get a change of scenery. I promise, it’ll be much more refreshing, and it will probably even make you more productive when you get back to your seat.

Better yet, if you have some degree of flexibility in your hours, take advantage of it. Can you work from home one day a week, or from a coffee shop? At my last job, I found a lunchtime yoga class and negotiated coming in a half hour earlier two days each week to attend it. It helped me get physically out of the office, not to mention stay sane—and my zen attitude totally benefited the office.

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The reason this is my favourite of the 5 ways to beat stress at work is also down to people have ‘light bulb’ moments when they’re away from the task in hand. If you’re trying and trying and trying to focus on a task but struggling to find a solution, the best solution to that is to take a break. The answer often just springs to mind when you’re not putting all your energy into finding that answer. It’s the subconscious working in the background, as you may have understood from previous posts.

Leaving the office at lunch I think is so important as well. I’d often see people bring packed lunches and sit in the work canteens or even at their desks. How can your brain refresh in such an environment? Your brain needs oxygen just like the rest of your organs to going for a brisk stroll at lunch in the fresh air is an excellent way to recharge.

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Focus On Defining What Success Means To You

This article caught my eye as a friend recently said to me: “When will you ultimately be happy with what you’ve achieved? What level of success are you after?” And it got me thinking. I think it’s important to focus on defining what success means to you, as much as it’s important to define our goals, which without, we are coasting in our lives directionless. This is an excerpt written by Ali Luke for DumbLittleMan.com. She explores the importance of defining what success means to you and how to do this.

Focus On Defining What Success Means To YouUnless you’re clear on exactly what a “good salary” means to you, it’s going to be hard for you to be satisfied. And the same goes for other areas, like your health and your family life. Sure, you can’t put a figure on those – but you can write down a detailed description of what success will look like in those areas.

Don’t Just Follow the Crowd
Society and the media tend to portray a shallow, one-dimensional idea of success. It looks something like this: a fast car, a big house, expensive vacations, fancy food and pricy wine, a beautiful partner, flawless skin…

Is that really what your own version of success looks like? Personally, I’ve got no interest in fast cars, and one of my favorite vacation activities is to go walking in the countryside with my husband – hardly expensive. You might feel the same: perhaps you’d much rather be healthy and strong than have flawless skin, or you’re really a beer-and-chips kinda guy/gal, and you don’t even like pricy wine.

Don’t let peer pressure or the media warp your vision of success. Decide what you want from life, and go after that. Stay true to your values and your dreams.

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Are you ready to focus on defining what success means to you? I really appreciate the point about not following the crowd. In addition to what Ali Luke talks about in terms of what society expects from us, if we all follow the crowd, and society to speak, we may end up all living very similar and unsatisfactory lives. It may be that working for a large organisation, climbing the corporate career ladder works for many, but for others it doesn’t. Some people dream about running their own business but instead end up working for someone else. Other people could never imagine working for themselves. We’re all different. What works for you? When will you reach your level of success? What does success mean to you?

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A Mentor Will Help You Focus And Reach Your Goals

Over the last couple of years whilst trying and testing various different ideas, more and more, I come across the advice that a mentor will help you focus and reach your goals. When you work for a large organisation, this is often included in training programs. However, when you work for yourself this is not so easily achieved – or at least, the idea of a mentor does not always seem obvious.  Here, the most powerful woman in Wall Street, Karen Peetz, talks about her success and how she would not have reached her level of success unless she set goals and had a mentor.

Mentor For Goal Setting And FocusSpeaking from a noisy airport lounge in Rome, Peetz reiterates a final tip: “Setting goals is definitely the single biggest factor to whatever success I’ve had.

“I was pretty hard on myself, still am, to say, what should I be able to accomplish personally and professionally this year, what’s realistic, but also, if I haven’t done it, if I haven’t got that next promotion or whatever, what am I going to do about it?”

When it comes to work/life balance, she says perfect balance is a myth and it’s more about ebb and flow. She advises sitting down with your family so that everyone can share their goals and become aware of how to help each other succeed.

To peals of laughter at the ceremony, Peetz said visitors were best to avoid her household over Christmas unless they were ready to share the households goals.

“Call us a little performance-orientated,” she joked, “but every new year we each set personal, family and career goals and then we also rate each other on how we did last year.” She says it’s about focusing on the possibilities and not on the barriers, adding being clear with your family and yourself is key.

“Let go of any guilt or ambivalence. Just get clear with your spouse and your family. Say ‘This is what I want to do, I’m going to incorporate everybody’s needs, I’m not going to do this selfishly’ – but not being held back by your own ambivalence, I think that’s a very important thing for women to do as early as possible so they don’t waste time in different stages where the competition is gaining on them.”

She encourages all women in positions of power to share their skills through mentoring. In her own company there are 50 mentoring and networking chapters for women around the globe, including one in Dublin, spearheaded by WXN (Women’s Executive Network) member and managing director of BNY Fund Services Ireland, Ann Fogarty.

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Whether you’re man or woman, work for yourself or for someone else, it seems clear that a mentor will help you focus and reach your goals. I can relate to the idea of sharing goals with family – and friends.  Sharing them with others also puts the extra pressure on  to make them happen.

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How Meditation Can Help You Focus

If you ever needed proof about how meditation can help you focus, then this article is just that. Not only does meditation help you focus, but recent research has shown that in just under a month of meditation you can improve the wiring of your brain.  Here, Claire Bates for the Daily Mail has explains the results of Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) on two groups of university students.

How Meditation Can Help You Focus

How Meditation Can Help You FocusStudents undergoing IBMT also reported improvements in mood, experiencing reduced levels of anger, depression, anxiety and fatigue. They also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Study leader Professor Michael Posner, from the University of Oregon, who carried out the original US research, said: ‘This study gives us a much more detailed picture of what it is that is actually changing.

‘We did confirm the exact locations of the white-matter changes that we had found previously. And now we show that both myelination and axon density are improving.

‘The order of changes we found may be similar to changes found during brain development in early childhood, allowing a new way to reveal how such changes might influence emotional and cognitive development.’

The findings are reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In their conclusions, the scientists wrote: ‘This dynamic pattern of white matter change involving the anterior cingulate cortex, a part of the brain network related to self-regulation, could provide a means for intervention to improve or prevent mental disorders.’

Neuroscientist Dr Elena Antonova, from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, said: ‘The findings of this study are potentially good news for all of us. If as little as 11 hours of mindfulness training makes the brain wiring more prolific and better insulated, then simply by being mindful, which is accessible to anyone at any time, we might enjoy a lifetime of mental clarity and emotional stability.’

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If this is how meditation can help you focus, then no wonder more and more people are taking to it.  If at work you are someone who is faced with a never ending flow of emails, phone calls and interruptions, as I was, then it’s easy to lose focus in what you’re actually trying to achieve.  You can spend the whole time staying on top of admin essentially and reach the end of the day wondering what on earth you’ve accomplished. This can lead to all sorts of levels of stress. I used to refer to it as doggy paddling, struggling to keep your head above water. Maybe with some meditation in the daily routine, this would help to get your focus back and reduce stress and anxiety.  If you’ve never tried meditation before, then I recommend 10 Minutes To Bliss by Dr Harlan Kilstein.

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5 Ways To Focus By Organizing Your Home Office

You may have heard that an organized desk means an organized mind, or the state of your home is a reflection of how well your brain is organized. Here, Katherine Gray explains 5 ways to focus by organizing your home office for Tecca.com.  My attention was brought to the point about how your subconscious mind is thinking about incomplete tasks if you have clutter surrounding you in your work place. This must be detrimental to your ability to focus and productivity.

5 Ways To Focus By Organizing Your Home Office

Clear Desk For Better ProductivityDeclutter for maximum concentration.
Clutter is the bane of a productive office. Even if you tell yourself that you can ignore it, being surrounded by piles of paper and other clutter reminds your brain that you have dozens of other things to do, and part of your subconscious mind is thinking about those other incomplete tasks rather than the processes at hand.

The best way to deal with clutter is to make sure that everything has a home and that it lives there. Office supplies should have somewhere to be put away. Mail and other papers should have a specific filing system for before and after they’re dealt with. Knickknacks and other bits and bobs should generally not be kept on the desk.

Manage intentional distractions.
Distractions aren’t entirely a bad thing, despite everything we just said about clutter. The trick is to manage them so that you use them intentionally. Research has shown that taking short breaks actually increases productivity, and sometimes that distraction is just what your brain needs to make intuitive leaps and solve problems.

Musical instruments, art supplies, and physical, console, or computer-based games — whatever your distraction of choice, keep it accessible but not easily so. You want to be able to access the brain-boosting power of distraction without, well, letting it distract you!

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I was not at all surprised to see that removing distractions was included in these 5 ways to focus by organizing your home office. As I was reading this article, I received a text, which I then replied to. I then realized that I’d not taken in all that I’d read as I was involved in the content of the text, so I had to reread the article, to understand it again.  It’s so easy to get distracted, whether it’s our phones, emails, social media, or someone simply asking if you’d like a cup of tea (for the English readers among you). It would be interesting to find out just how much time we waste by allowing ourselves to get distracted.

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Ways To Focus On Your Strengths

Ways To Focus On Your StrengthsThis really caught my eye as I remembered the days when I worked for a large organisation. Here, Diana Clement explains why it’s necessary to learn ways to focus on your strengths after making an interesting point about how organisations often focus on developing areas of weakness of their employees, rather than their strengths.  Her words make a lot of sense as she points out a number of negative effects that focusing on weaknesses will have on employees:

  1. Negative, not positive, interactions with colleagues
  2. Treat customers poorly
  3. Tell your friends what a miserable company you work for
  4. Achieve less on a daily basis
  5. Have fewer positive and creative moments.
  6. Many people may be staring their strengths in the face, but until they can see them are held back in their careers or simply sit at their desks disengaged.
She then reveals a few interesting statistics about how a management consultancy service uses a book called Strengths Finder 2.0 to work through performance appraisals of the organisation’s employees.

Gallup, which provides a management consultancy service in New Zealand, found that only 1 per cent of employees surveyed whose manager primarily focused on their strengths were disengaged.

Not surprisingly, the organisation’s consulting focuses on what executives and employees do well.

It provides staff with a copy of its book, Strengths Finder 2.0, and takes them through an assessment of their strengths.

The book gives an introduction to the concept of strengths psychology and then has a unique access code which enables the reader to complete a 30-minute questionnaire.

The results highlight each person’s five top strengths out of 34 and provide ideas for action on each relevant theme.

Participants are then asked:

1. How does this information help you better understand your unique talents?

2. How can you use this understanding to add value to your role?

3. How can you apply this knowledge to add value to your team, workgroup, department, or division?

4. How will this understanding help you add value to your organisation?

5. What will you do differently tomorrow as a result of this report?

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These ways to focus on your strengths are actually in tune with what creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson, has to say in the previous video.   He mentions how the majority of people in this world end up drifting through life not working in a job that’s in line with their strengths.  I’m sure everyone would be much happier if they truly focused on their strengths rather than developing their areas of weakness which would in turn, lead to increased creativity.

 

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Prolonged Stress Is Damaging To Your Brain – And Your Health

In today’s competitive and fast-paced world, stress is becoming increasingly and worryingly common.  It is no wonder that people struggle with focus, let alone the health impacts that come with it. Short bouts of stress can be life saving, as stress was originally designed to get us out of trouble. Short bouts of stress can help us achieve things that were otherwise seemingly impossible but prolonged stress is harmful to your your brain – and your health.  Here’s what happens when stress is a life-saving tool:

How Stress Can Be Damaging To Your Health“When we are in a situation we perceive dangerous, our body responds in a manner that gives us more energy, focus, keeps us alert and tunes us into an emergency response mode — stress response,” Wamaitha explains.

When in danger, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure increases and you breathe faster, pumping maximum oxygen and energy-rich blood to your muscles. Your liver releases more sugar into your blood, ready for action.

Once your brain decides there’s danger, it sends immediate nerve signals down your spinal cord to your adrenal glands telling them to release the adrenaline hormone. This increases the amount of sugar in your blood, accelerates your heart rate, and raises your blood pressure.

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Unfortunately, as you may expect, this is not good for prolonged periods of time as you’ll see from this excerpt:

This is because it raises cortisol levels — another stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland gradually throughout the day.

But excess cortisol affects your immune system and decrease the number of brain cells, thus impairing your memory.  It can also affect your blood pressure and the fats in your blood making you more prone to a heart attack or stroke.

Cortisol has been shown to damage and kill cells in the hippocampus — the brain area responsible for your episodic memory. Chronic stress triggers premature brain ageing.

In order to manage stress, it is recommended that you undertake regular exercise (shock – exercise is a key requirement for your vital organs to function correctly), eat a well balanced diet and to sleep well;

Handling stress in a manner that is useful results from making a subtle everyday choices.

“Healthy habits can help you avoid or reverse effects of chronic stress. These include regular exercises, eating a well-balanced diet, and observing a healthy sleep regime,” says Wamaitha.

This means falling asleep without difficulties and maintaining that state until it’s time to wake up without going through periods of sleeplessness.

Since change, be it swapping jobs, moving house, marriage or separation can trigger chronic stress, health experts advise that one makes one adjustment at a time.

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It is obviously a concern how prolonged stress is damaging to your brain – and your health, but thankfully there are ways to manage it.  Like with everything else, exercise is highly recommended along with a balanced diet and plenty of sleep.  If you read the full article you’ll see how stress can trigger anxiety disorder. I have a friend who suffered from anxiety for a number of years.  Doctors put him on medication. Doctors are far too quick in my opinion to prescribe drugs that can only be harmful in the longer term.  It doesn’t treat the cause, just the symptoms.  Anyway, my friend was intelligent enough to realise this and decided to come off the medication, after doing a considerable amount of research.  He was able to cure it within a matter of months with regular exercise, a healthy diet and some natural supplements.

 

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11 Ways To Focus On Career Progression

Fighting your way up the proverbial career ladder is competitive at the best of times, let alone in this somewhat unfavourable (for some) economic climate. Here are 11 ways to focus on career progression, written by job search and social media consultant, career coach, author, speaker and resume writer, Miriam Salpeter.  She is also the owner of Keppie Careers and wrote this article for US Money News.  Some of these suggestions you’ll have seen before, but there are some original ideas (to me) that you should find useful.

11 Ways To Focus On Career Progression

Ways To Focus On Career Progression1. Understand expectations and exceed them. Always make a point to ask clarifying questions to be sure you understand the task at hand—and then over-deliver. “Know when the work product is expected so that you can properly prioritize your tasks,” says Brockdorf. “If your boss asks you to complete your monthly report by the close of business on the first Friday of the month, send it on Thursday.” When you provide something unexpected, you will leave a positive and lasting impression.

2. Make small miracles happen. “Become known as a trusted resource who can save the project. Pull off the end-of-the-month sale that puts the team above quota. Find the cash in the budget to make payroll,” Brockdorf notes. If you can overachieve, you’ll stand out from the crowd and become the go-to leader when the going gets tough.

3. Demonstrate leadership. Leadership is more than just a title. According to Brockdorf, “Leadership is about taking responsibility. Responsibility for your actions, your in-actions, and most importantly, your faults.” How can you be an effective leader? Organize projects, start initiatives, and suggest improvements. When you take responsibility for your area, it makes a difference to the people within the organization who make decisions about your career path.

4. Network up, down, and across. Become “that guy” who seems connected to everyone in the organization. While you don’t need to know the answer to every question, Brockdorf suggests: “Always know who can answer every question.” Start early—create relationships with people in collaborating departments so when you are in a tight spot or need help, you will have a network of colleagues willing, ready, and able to help you. You’ll want to also maintain a strong network outside your company, though you shouldn’t underestimate how important it is to have strong, in-organization ties.

5. Volunteer for challenging projects. Who doesn’t want to work with the colleague who can get anything done, and who isn’t afraid to step up to the plate when the going gets tough? Stand out from the crowd by being the hero. Brockdorf explains: “If you are willing to accept projects that are not guaranteed to succeed and can turn those opportunities into wins, you will be revered by your peers and superiors.” One thing to keep in mind: Be sure to seek out tasks that play to your strengths, so you’ll have a better chance to hit it out of the park.

6. Work where you’re needed, not where you’re deserved.We all deserve to work with the top performers, the best teams, and the most successful projects. “However, that’s not where you are needed,” according to Brockdorf. “You are more valuable working on struggling products, with the challenging employees who show great promise, and improving the inefficient processes.” Think about where you can make a significant difference and move quickly.

7. Be known for something. Everyone loves someone who isalways reliable. You might be the guy who knows how to sooth an irate customer. You could be the woman who can always close an important deal. Or you could simply be known as the person who can usually fix the jammed copier. (Who wants to let that guy leave?) “Be an expert in something. It demonstrates your value to the office, team, and company. When they think you’re more valuable, you’re no longer a number,” Brockdorf says.

8. Be present. When your co-workers stop by your cube or your staff walks into your office, give them your full attention. Everyone loves a listener. If you pocket your iPhone, ignore incoming email, and always focus your attention on the people with you, it leaves a favorable impression, if only by comparison to the majority of the workforce. “If it is not a good time, politely send them away with a recommended time to return. When you are present with your co-workers and staff, your opinion, guidance, and wisdom will be more valued,” Brockdorf says.

9. Turn boring time into productive time. Maybe you have to transpose numbers into a spreadsheet. Perhaps you need to package and ship the latest direct marketing mailing. Do what you can to turn that tedious chore into a learning opportunity. How? Brockdorf says: “Listen to the latest business bestselling audiobook. Take some mandatory Web-based video training. Listen to an educational podcast. Feed your brain to make the mindless task more productive.”

10. Do error-free work. No one likes to redo anything. It wastes time, money, and energy. Become the person everyone knows will get it right the first time. How can you become that colleague? If you don’t know the proper way to do something, be confident enough to ask. Brockdorf notes: “I would rather have someone ask me a few questions up front than have to correct the errors later.” Mistakes happen, but if you are known to cause work errors, you’ll begin to stand out for all the wrong reasons.

11. Keep candy at your desk, preferably chocolate. This one may not have a direct impact on your performance review, but it will help you build good rapport. You will become the most popular person in the office, and Brockdorf says, “Expect a crowd around 3 p.m.”

I found these ways to focus on career progression an insightful read.  Not so sure about the last point but every other piece of advice was gainful.  I’m not sure about you, but if I have candy or chocolate at my desk, it doesn’t last 5 minutes, let alone be sufficient to share around the office.  In the words of Dawn French for Terry’s Chocolate Orange: “It’s not Terry’s, it’s mine.”  And on a more serious note, chocolate is just about he worst thing to snack on as it gives you a sugar rush/high, and what goes up, must come down.  Your brain isn’t a fan of chocolate.

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7 Ways To Focus At Work

When working an average of eight hours a day, it’s all too easy to lose focus with the important tasks of the day.  Here, clinical psychologist and founder of Memory Arts LLC, Cynthia Green, explains 7 ways to focus at work which you can put to practice in the next 5 minutes.   If you think you’ve read them all before, then think again.  Some of them are rather original – if you doodle, aka a doodler, you may be pleased to know that this can apparently help you to focus!

7 Ways To Focus At Work

Doodle To Focus

Doodling Can Help You To Focus!

1. Rearrange You Desk. Clear some clutter from your life. Folks who are organized remember better. Why? Because they have mastered one of the secret to better memory — getting organized. Spend 5 minutes organizing your desk by getting rid of what is non-essential. Keep out papers that require immediate attention and file away what you can. Look over how your desk is organized and see if you can think of a better way to put it all together.

2. Doodle. Do you doodle? Many of us (including folks such as Bill Gates, former President Clinton and others) do. But did you know that doodling is good for your brain health? Recent research suggests that doodling helps us maintain focus and remember more effectively. A recent study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology found that subjects assigned a doodling task performed 29 percent better than their non-doodling counterparts on a surprise memory test covering the material they were learning simultaneously. Doodling improves attention, making it more likely that you will acquire things that you later want to recall. So when you are in a meeting or on a conference call, go ahead and doodle.

3. Keep Up Your Social Network. Studies have shown that folks who are more social have an associated reduced risk for memory loss. In one recent study, Harvard researchers found that people with lower levels of social interaction were more likely to show memory problems after 6 years that desk and connect with your family and friends for 5 minutes. It’s good for your soul and good for your brain.

4. Play Online. Research has shown that we can better maintain intellectual skills critical to our work performance by giving them a good “workout.” One of the best ways to keep these skills sharp is to play games against the clock. Timed activities force us to focus, think fast and be nimble in our approach. So take 5 minutes during lunch or as your schedule permits to get your brain in the game.

5. Jump Some Jacks. Here’s a tip that’s pretty basic, but packed with brain boosting power. Aerobic exercise is one of the best things we can do for our brain, as it revs up our daily performance and reduces our long-term dementia risk. Jumping jacks area simple calisthenic exercise you can do in a small space that will quickly get your blood pumping. So go ahead! Stand up at your desk and try out some jumping jacks for 5 minutes.

6. Wear Your Watch Upside Down. Give your brain a little stretch each time you check your watch by wearing your watch upside down. The subtle change doesn’t take much effort, but will force your brain to think out of its comfort zone. These kinds of “neurobic” activities are simple and fun and are a terrific way to challenge your brain’s flexibility and routine.

7. Learn How to Remember a Name. Here’s a smart tip we can all really use: Spend 5 minutes learning some simple memory strategies to boost your memory for names. For example, try repeating information as you hear it. This easy technique will force you to focus on what you are learning and give the chance to rehearse it, increasing the odds that you’ll remember it. Or use my Connections Technique and make a connection between what you are learning and something that you are already know. Meeting Florence? Connect her name to a famous Florence, such as Florence Nightingale, or the city of Florence, Italy.

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Of these 7 ways to focus at work, the suggestions that jumped out to me, aside from doodling, were the tips to organise your desk and jump some jacks.  In England, I think these are referred to as star jumps.  It should be made compulsory that every 40 minutes on the office floor, everyone stands at their desks and does 5 minutes of star jumps to get oxygen flowing around the brain.  I wonder what would happen with productivity?

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