Like many people I know, I have attention/focus issues*, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To combat this, I do two things. First, I make a list of what I want to get accomplished, and then I break my work up into 25-minute chunks. This 25-minute method is called the “Pomodoro Technique” and it is very helpful. When I start working on something, I start the timer, and when 25 minutes are up, I stop, take a break, walk around, get some coffee, whatever. And then I work for another 25 minutes, and so on. What’s nice about this is that it gives the brain and body a chance to reset, which makes it less likely that I will feel burned out.
I read recently that attention/focus issues (or ADD) are a sign that the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) area of the brain is underperforming. Here are a few things that are helpful to boost PFC function:
- Get at least seven hours of sleep
- Eat smaller meals more often to maintain a healthy blood sugar level — I’ll grab a snack or meal after every four to five Pomordoros
- Get regular exercise
- Write down your goals
- Practice meditation. I’ll blog more about this in a subsequent post, but I literally visualize energy increasing in my PFC, especially in the right side of my brain.