Concentration and Attention Tips for Adult ADD/ADHD

DopamineDopamine dosers to your rescue!

Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters play a key role in concentration and focusing. One of these neurotransmitters is dopamine – the major chemical that regulates focus, motor movements and feelings of pleasure.

You can use some clever tricks to capitalize on and “control” the dopamine system in your body.  Here are three quick ways to get your brain to “dose you with dopamine” and increase your ability to pay attention and concentrate!

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Wake Up Your Brain and Get More Attentive – Use the Gross and Sexy Factor!

iStock_000005396412_Double Balloon Head_2Maybe you’re reading this because the title “caught your eye!”  Actually it wasn’t your eye that got caught – it was your Reticular Activating System (or RAS for short).

Humans have a sort of “Beat Cop” in their brains – the RAS – a bundle of nerves in the brain stem that controls what you pay attention to.

Learning how to take charge of your RAS will give you tremendous benefits in your ability to focus, pay attention and get more accomplished.  You’ll be able to concentrate, keep going when tasks are difficult, and you’ll feel better about how much you get done!  You’ll be more “present” during conversations and more aware of your surroundings.

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Identify Your Focusing Strengths

Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish but weak “focusing” skills are standing in your way?

FocusingEven if you have difficulty with focus, you do have focusing strengths!  You can discover these strengths and use them to make big changes in your life.

Part one of this article describes the mental skills that make up “focusing.”  If you haven’t read part one, you can read it here.

“Focusing” is actually a combination of five related skills: attention, concentration, persistence, comprehension and memory.

You have a big goal for your life and you want to focus and make it happen! Maybe you want to start a business, go back to school or get control of your clutter. Unfortunately, challenges with “focusing” are getting in the way of accomplishing this goal.

First, you need to identify, specifically, what must be true about your focusing skills in order for you to accomplish the goal.  For example, do you need to improve your concentration and persistence?  Or maybe you need to improve your comprehension or memory skills. Write down which of the five focusing skills you will need to work on in order for your goal to become your reality.

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Workplace Productivity: Tips for Concentrating and Getting More Done

women at work smallerIf poor concentration, inconsistent follow through and a feeling of being overwhelmed get in your way, you’ll want to improve your workplace productivity. Making changes that guarantee you complete your top priority tasks produces increased income and more free time for yourself and your family.

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

  • You easily get sidetracked, jumping from task to task or thought to thought.
  • When you think about a big project it feels overwhelming and you can’t figure out how to get started, so you just put it off.
  • You schedule more things in a day than you can get done and consistently underestimate how long it will take to accomplish things – which means you’re always running behind.
  • You spend time looking for things that seem to be misplaced only to find them right in front of you.
  • Despite feeling constantly “busy” you never seem to be “productive.”
  • You feel more clear-headed, alert and focused when you drink coffee or soda, or smoke cigarettes.

Tips to managing overwhelm at work

If you are dealing with these signs of workplace overload, you’ll want to put the following workplace productivity tips into action.

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