The Insider: Get focused (Part 1)

May 16, 2014 8:45 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

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Best-selling author Dr. Ned Hallowell, an alumnus of the Tulane University School of Medicine (class of 1978), has built a career as a world-renowned expert on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He found that even those without a diagnosis of the disorder may exhibit many of the symptoms because of the fast pace of today’s technology-driven society.

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Hallowell has begun writing his next book on how to achieve focus in life and the workplace. He offers the following three-word tips.

Do the impossible. People focus most intently when they take on a challenge or when they are working in an area where they are skilled but stretched. Often, what seemed impossible becomes possible.

Trust your way. We all have our routines and individualized process for producing our best work. Trust yours. When you don’t know your process, allow your subconscious to enter. It will guide you to unexpected solutions. Don’t work against your grain, but with it.

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 and stretch. Just 60 seconds of these activities can do the trick.

T.I.O. Turn it off. Turn off your electronic devices during periods of your day when you want uninterrupted time to focus.

Ask for help. It isn't a sign of weakness to ask for help when you hit a snag. Just the opposite. It is a sign of strength, and can get you out of a confused place and back on track.

Check back Friday (May 23) for part 2 of Hallowell’s advice in The Insider.

Hallowell’s tips originally appeared in his monthly newsletter.

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