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Ways To Focus With ADHD

If you’re a sufferer of ADHD, or if someone close to you suffers from ADHD then these ways to focus with ADHD are a worthwhile read. Focusing on one task at a time, without getting distracted is difficult enough at the best of times, but when you have ADHD, the distraction factor is intensified. It’s easy to get mentally involved in the next task without completing the one in hand and by the end of the day, you wonder what you’ve achieved. Here is a simple technique written for Psychology Today by Mark Bertin which may just help not only those who suffer from ADHD, but also those who simply struggle to focus.

Learning to STOP

Ways To Focus By Saying StopTo create this pause, practice the acronym ‘STOP’ with each transition. Before getting up from the table, leaving your desk, or shifting your activity at any time during the day:

  • Stop what you’re doing.
  • Take a few breaths.
  • Observe what’s going on for you, internally and externally.
  • Pick what would be best to do next.

Having paused and checked in, what would it take to finish what you started? With children, you might even review the three steps before beginning a task. Take out the milk and a glass. Pour and drink the milk. And then . . .  step three, put milk in the fridge and the glass in the dishwasher. Check the assignment pad, finish the homework. And then  . . . put it in the backpack. Create reminders to STOP over and over again through the day. Eventually this pause in transitioning becomes a habit, consistently getting you and your child from point A to point C—a complete and well-considered conclusion.

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These ways to focus with ADHD are helpful to me, and I don’t think I have ADHD. I’ve certainly not been diagnosed with it anyway. Occasionally I get to the end of the day and wonder what on earth I’ve achieved but I think that’s fairly commonplace. What I have found really helpful, is planning the following day, the day before, setting myself allocated time slots for each task (with a timer) and removing all distractions (social media, phone, emails). Exercise is also an absolute godsend when it comes to focusing and also alleviating stress.


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