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Plant Foods Help You Focus

Our brains need feeding well just like the rest of our vital organs.  Fear not, I’m not suggesting that you start eating squirrels.  Here, Paula Schott,  explains, in a short but sweet manner, how plant foods are good for our brains in a short but sweet manner. If plant foods are healthy for your brains, then we (I) can deduce that plant foods help you focus.

Most of the research is leaning toward vitamins and minerals in plant foods that providing protective antioxidant. Plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains contribute significantly to the overall dietary intake of antioxidants.

Some foods that are high in antioxidants are: berries, dried beans, pecans, Granny Smith apples, Russet potatoes and prunes. There are many other foods with antioxidants, but this is good place to start.

So next time you’re struggling to concentrate, try to resist the sweets and chocolate (I know, I’ve been there). Reach for the nuts or apples and remind yourself that plant foods help you focus.

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How To Improve Your Memory And Focus

Studying for exams is never fun and can be very stressful. Here are a few useful tips written by By Dr Wendel Abel on how to improve your memory and focus. One of the tips, weirdly enough, is not to cram, as this is not good for your memory.

Focus. Reduce distractions such as watching television. Taking notes does help and doing past exam questions helps you to focus and reinforce what you have already studied. For students doing exams in May and June, this is a good time to start reviewing past questions. At work and at home, focus on where you place objects. Try to place the office files in one location and, at home, place keys in one location.

I wish 10 years ago I read these tips on how to improve your memory and focus. Cramming was what got me through university so these types of tips would have helped rather a lot. Or would they.. Had I known that coconut oil was good for your memory, perhaps I’d have requested that in the local instead large quantities of beer?

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Ways To Focus When Working From Home

Working from home comes with its benefits but also its flaws, as with everything. Here, Amy Levin-Epstein, lists 8 ways to focus when working from home and I have exerpted 3 of my favourite.

Keep track of time

“I am a slave to my to do list. I make a commitment to myself, based on the amount of time that I have available before a meeting or a break, of how many items I will cross off my to do list. I then stay at my desk until that many items are crossed off. For big tasks, I set a timer for 20 minutes at a time and work like crazy for that 20 minutes before taking a short break.” — Laura Barta, founder of Whole Wide World Toys

Keep your personal life out

“For a long time, I had friends and family that assumed since I worked from home that I could simply do whatever I wanted when I wanted. Eventually I got so irritated at my boyfriend stopping by that I had to lay down a rule: if the door was shut and it was quiet inside, it meant I was basically at any kind of office and couldn’t be bothered. Part of focus has so much to do with letting others know what the boundaries are.” — Desireee Baughman, blogger with Consumer Media Network and writer for InsuranceQuotes.org

Take breaks

“Don’t feel guilty about leaving the house. I try to leave the house for at least two hours each day. Some days that means going to the gym. Other days it means taking my computer to Starbucks, going for a walk, or just going to the grocery store. Make weekend plans. When I went to the office everyday, my favorite way to spend my weekends was relaxing at home. Now that I work at home, I find that it’s helpful to spend more time out of the house. When Monday comes around, I feel much more refreshed, focused and ready to take on the week.” — Kevin Spence, founder of Career Thoughts

I used to find the hardest part about working from home, to be self-motivation and focusing on the right tasks in order to be efficient. Since I started to set myself deadlines, this has eased off. Of these 8 ways to focus when working from home I particularly regard using a timer as superb advice, as is keeping your personal life out. It’s all too easy to answer phone calls and emails and texts but where does that get you? Off the ball, that’s where it gets you, and you end up wasting insane amounts of time.

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How To Focus Your Mind In An Era of ‘Hyper Distraction’

We’re surrounded by distractions and it’s getting increasingly difficult focus, whether the distraction is social media, or texts, phone calls, emails etc.  Margaret Moore, co-author of ‘Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain To Get More Done In Less Time’, explains just how to focus your mind in an era of ‘hyper distraction‘.

The answer is ‘not about the to-do list and apps. It’s about using your mind and your brain in the most productive way.’

Not only is there rarely a chance to have a break from the arsenal of bombardments in our ‘hyper distracted’ lives, but we are not allowing our minds to cope and be creative.

Ms Moore says in turn our health takes a hit – which makes us even less focused.

‘Manage the frenzy’, Ms Moore says, so that our negative habits do not ‘impair our ability to do things or to be creative.’

Many turn to lists for help, but Ms Moore says they are too long.

‘We think about the 32 things we’re not doing when we’re doing the one thing we need to focus on’.

Instead, she told the news site that we need to aim to ‘decide what’s important and stick to that for the day.

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If you believe you’re good at multitasking and are not wondering how to focus your mind in an era of ‘hyper distraction’ then consider the point that not only is multitasking detrimental to getting work done well and reaching goals but it is not good for your mind. The part I found particularly interesting was with regard to how multitasking actually makes you less creative.  When you apply one hundred percent to one task with no distractions, and you complete it to a high standard, you feel more energised. Turn off all distractions and concentrate for 30 mins – see if you can do it!

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Organise Yourself To Focus

As a student it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much work you have on your plate and it’s often the case that all your deadlines come at once. It’s therefore of utmost importance that you organise yourself to focus on one subject at a time. This involves to-do lists and prioritising your assignments and breaking them down into manageable chunks

As a college student, organizing your time, schedule and social life can be a real challenge. This is a time in your life when you must ultimately learn how to grow up and prepare for the real world.

The most important thing to remember is to have your priorities in order. This means knowing what you need to do, when you need to do it, and how important the task is in relation to other tasks.

Making a to-do list every day with tasks listed in the order of their urgency is an easy way to sort out your priorities.

If used properly, to do lists and planners help reduce stress by eliminating procrastination. If you wait until the last minute to complete a task, it can increase your stress levels and overwhelm you.

Multi-tasking can be harmful to your brain and is also a very ineffective way of getting things done as I once found; you get frustrated when doing several tasks, spread yourself too thinly and never do as good a job when multitasking. So organise yourself to focus on one subject at a time. And remember that a clear desk means a clear mind!

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Constant Distractions Can Be Detrimental

You may think that this title is in stark contrast with the previous post.  However, whilst I totally agree that you can have great ideas when you’re away from your desk after reaching a stalemate with your brain, for the most part, constant distractions can be detrimental to your progress. It’s all to do with how your brain works, and multitasking can actually be harmful to your brain. Paul Hammerness, co-author of “Organise Your Mind, Organise Your Life”, also a psychiatrist and assistant professor at Harvard University, emphasises the point that people need self-awareness and need to remove distractions, such as the internet or phone, and concentrate 100% of their mind on the task in hand for a pre-determined period of time.

“People think of multi-tasking as equally dividing up their attention across tasks with equal potency. Rather it is scattering attention and weakening it.’’…..“You need to be present in the moment,’’ he says, and make conscious decisions about how you will apply your time and focus.

So give yourself 40 minutes to an hour on one dask and take a break. Stop attempting to multitask and do your best not to get distracted with emails, texts, phone calls and social media as these constant distractions can be detrimental to your reaching your goals.

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Being Distracted Can Be A Good Thing

Do you ever have the best ideas when you’re away from your computer? Do you ever have that light bulb moment when you’re in the shower or going for a run? Distractions, for the most part, can be detrimental to progress, but being distracted can be a good thing according to Mark Fenske, co-author of “The Winner’s Brain”.

Mark Fenske, coauthor of “The Winner’s Brain” and an associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Guelph in Canada, puts it this way: “It’s paradoxical. You need to be able to focus to shut off distractions, but sometimes you can focus too hard.

I often find that when I’m sat at my desk for too long, my brain gets to a stalemate and I freeze up. I’ll get up and go to make a cup of green tea and a snack, and then I’ll suddenly have a brain wave. Cleary being distracted can be a good thing at times. I guess the same theory can be related to when you’re trying so hard to remember something, and it just won’t come to you, until you start to think of something else, and then you’ll suddenly remember it.

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How To Stay Focused: A useful tool

I’ve been working for myself and online for about 1.5 years now, and until the last few months, do not think I managed to work efficiently for more than a few hours a day.  The first thing I’d do is check my emails, then facebook, respond to pointless messages, update my status in a pointless fashion, browse new pictures, then browse pictures that I’d already seen before,  and before I knew it, it would be lunch time. I’d then go for a run or do some other form of exercise, then shower, eat lunch and sit back down about 4pm, by which time I’d have more personal emails to respond to. I’d reply to them, check facebook, then realise the time, panic, and then get a few hours work done before making dinner.  I’d then say to myself, I work much better at night anyway and I’ll be able to stay focused, but by the time I’d eaten, a great film would be on TV which I’d obviously seen before.  No work would get done, and procrastination would prevail.  You get the idea. Does this sound familiar at all do you?

I have just come across a very useful tool called Stay Focused which can be easily added to your Chrome browser.  It allows you to manage your time on various sites, such as facebook where you can set the maximum time you’ll allow yourself.  The default setting is 10 minutes.  If you try to increase it, you’ll be asked a jokey message assuring yourself that you actually want to do that. If you do want to extend your time having set it, then you’ll have to go through a laborious process, with the aim of actually putting you off the idea.  If you’re struggling to stay focused, without a boss, and are challenging to manage your time effectively, then I’d highly recommend this free tool: Stay Focused

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Foods To Help You Focus

If you’re struggling to stay focused during revision or an assignment, it may be that your brain is lacking its favourite foods. Interestingly, your brain uses twenty per cent of your energy, so with that in mind (on a side note), never skip breakfast. Here, Roxanne Ringer, of The Miscellany News, talks about some of the best brain foods to help you focus.

What’s the best way to combat stress and exhaustion while treating your body right? Give your brain food. Though it’s only two per cent of your body’s mass, your brain typically uses 20 per cent of your energy. And if you’re thinking more than normal,

As tempting as it is to tuck into unhealthy snacks like sweets and chocolates whilst studying, as I would normally do when I was a student, give your brain a variety of foods to help you focus, like avocados, nuts, coffee beans, green vegetables, peppermint tea, flaxseeds and low fat yogurt. With a side portion of Salmon. Ok, maybe not all at once but you get the idea.

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Focus Will Improve Your Memory

If you’re one who struggles to remember events of your recent past, it could be down to the fact that you are lacking focus. Here, memory champion Ron White, explains how focus will improve your memory and your mind.

One of the greatest lessons I learned when training for the USA Memory Championship was the impact of focus on your memory and brain. To hone my focus, my US Navy SEAL coach (yes, I actually had a Navy SEAL coach me) had me train in situations that would normally distract me.

Remove distractions, and break your time down into smaller chunks, of say 45 minutes, for each task. Not only will you become more productive but your newly established focus will improve your memory and brain in the long run.

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