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Monday, April 16th, 2018

Stuck in a Rut at Work?

How many times  have you found yourself sitting in a meeting, yawning, pinching yourself or grinding your teeth? How many days have you gone to the coffee machine multiple times, begging the caffeine to create some energy and get you out of this rut at work? Most people wake up, maybe grab some breakfast or at least a shot of caffeine, go to work, and assume they can stay consistently focused without taking any steps specifically designed to replenish and maintain their energy at work throughout the day.

If you’re having difficultly staying focused and feeling stuck at work, you can follow the 6 tips below, adapted from Dr. Hallowell’s book Driven to Distraction at Work, which was recommended in “8 books to Read When You’re Stuck in a Rut at Work

The Sensational Six*

Prep works relies on “the sensational six.” Do the things recommended below and your brain will give you much more time in flexible focus if you prepare it every day by following each of these practices so you’ll spend less time in a “rut” and be more productive.

  1. Sleep – one of the greatest favors you can do for  your brain and your entire body is to get enough sleep. Sleep is tonic. Reset your priorities to make time for sleep.  Set a regular bedtime and get-up time. Do make sure you have comfortable bedding. Reserve your bed for sleep; not work – don’t bring your screens into the bedroom.
  2. Nutrition – when you don’t eat right, your brain can’t function well. Eat a breakfast with protein. Eat a balanced lunch. Use a fruit snack and a burst of exercise to combat the blahs. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables to feed your brain the micronutrients it needs. Watch the amount of coffee you drink.
  3. Exercise is beyond doubt one of the best tonics available for your brain. You can start by walking every day with a friend; schedule time each week to play a game of some sort; i.e., golf, squash or tennis; or join a gym.
  4. Mediation can lower stress levels and blood pressure, increase energy and cognitive function, and make you calmer and happier.  You can start by sitting in a comfortable chair, both feet on the floor and both hands comfortably placed on your lap. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. In, out. Watch your thoughts float by like leaves on a river. Try not to evaluate your thoughts, but rather let them pass by without a comment or a care. You can meditate for just a 5 minutes or more. Try to meditate daily and it will help you focus better.
  5. Mental Stimulation – When you stretch your brain by trying new tasks or doing everyday tasks in a way you’ve never done them before, you are doing something that will not only enhance your ability to maintain focus, but also help stave off the ravages of aging, include dementia.
  6. Connection – The human connection is the most powerful force in the world for growth, health, fulfillment, and joy. I call connection “the other vitamin C” or “vitamin connect.” You can get tips on ways to connect here.

*Adapted from Driven to Distraction at Work


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

ADHD and Focus at Work

Dr. Hallowell explains in this VIDEO how to reclaim your focus at work with ADHD.

  • He discusses the “salience network” and the default mode network (DMN), which he calls the “Demon of ADHD.”
  • He clarifies how these distractors take you away from the task at hand leading to distraction, negativity and rumination that so often accompany ADHD.
  • He shares his strategies on shutting down these distractors so you can manage your ADHD and focus in the workplace.

3 Tips to Help You Focus:

1. Close your eyes. When you ae losing focus or feeling confused, the simple act of sitting back in your chair and closing your eyes can, oddly enough, allow you to see clearly. It can restore focus and provide a new direction.

2. Take a break. When you start to glaze over or feel frantic, stop what you are doing. Stand up, walk around, get a glass of water, stretch. Just sixty seconds can do the trick.

3. Do what works. Don’t worry about convention or what’s supposed to work. Some people focus better with music playing or in a noisy room. Some people focus better when walking or even running. Some people focus best in early morning, others late at night. There is no right way, only the best way for you. Experiment and discover what works for you.

Want more tips on how to focus in the work place? Read Dr. Hallowell’s book, Driven to Distraction at Work . Learn about ADT (Attention Deficit Trait), its traits, how it effects your focus and productivity, and what are the six most common distractions at work and how to overcome them.



Thursday, March 8th, 2018

How to Focus and Be More Productive

Are you unproductive at work, overwhelmed by the latest app, technology and getting “it” all done – on time?  Want to learn about the underlying issues of mental distraction at play and how to focus and be more productive?  Check out my conversation with Deborah Penta, Top Growth TV on Driven to Distraction at Work.   We discuss the underlying reasons why people really lose their ability to focus at work—where many of today’s adults feel distracted and unproductive.

Learn how to achieve focus 3 words at a time HERE.

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Huffington Post Article with Dr. Hallowell: Brain Health at Work

Busy does not always equal productive.

It’s time for forward-thinking companies, leaders and aspiring leaders to act with more intention, and consider their employees experience with regard to productivity. It’s time to create workplaces that minimize distraction, and nurture attention management and the mental performance of knowledge workers. Your company might already have wellness and engagement programs. It’s time for brain-optimizing initiatives to join them.

Read more in the Huffington Post.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

How to Finish What You Start

DrivenWorkslide_jacketAre you an idea hopper? Great at generating ideas, but not so great at bringing them to life? What to do about it?

Dr. Hallowell offers advice on how to put your ideas into action in his Distraction Podcast #17. He also offers the following:

10 Tips for Idea Hoppers from his book, Driven to Distraction at Work, so you finish what you start:

  1. Review the basic plan: energy, emotion, engagement, structure, control. Consider what you need more of. For most people, who idea hop,the problem lies in element four: structure.
  2. Write down your ideas. Then peruse the list to see where your brain lights up most brightly. If you can’t decide, pick no more than 3 items.
  3. Next, set up a structure – a game plan – to help you first decide and then implement.
  4. While doing this, write down the various people who might be able to help you follow through. This kind of problem responds best to a team effort.
  5. Consider hiring a coach.
  6. Reflect, with someone who knows you well and likes you, on what emotional obstacles or hot buttons might be getting in your way.
  7. Stay in the game. Use your power. Don’t pull back out of a fear of winning, of hurting the opposition. Many people so fear their own power that they pull back rather than use it in full force.
  8. Don’t fall into the trap of selling yourself short. Most people possess more power than they use or give themselves credit for.  Feeling inadequate is often just a feeling, not a fact. Side with the part of you that feels you can succeed. Gradually, that part of you will grow.
  9. The old saying is correct: Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re right. 
  10. Celebrate your gift: you have many ideas. Just team up with the right people – usually people who do not have many ideas but are good at implementing others’ – to see your ideas turn into realities.
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