Train Your Brain to Focus – Paul Hammerness, MD, and Margaret Moore – Harvard Business Review

Multitasking may speed you through your to-do list, but it also makes you more likely to make mistakes and less likely to retain information. Here are three ways to focus:

  • Think good thoughts. Positive emotions improve the brain’s executive function and encourage creative and strategic thinking. Improve your emotional balance by actively thinking about things that make you happy.
  • Ban distractions. Be aware of what steals your attention. When disrupted, make a conscious choice to return to the task at hand.
  • Leave things behind. When you turn to a new task, part of your brain is still thinking about the last one. Before starting something new, go for a walk, climb stairs, or do some deep breathing to clear your head

Read more: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/01/train_your_brain_to_focus.html?cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-management_tip-_-tip041612&referral=00203&utm_source=newsletter_management_tip&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tip041612

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