The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing ability to focus.

That’s good to know. But if you’re a chronic multitasker who finds it hard to focus, is there any hope of getting your attention span back?

While neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University in Montreal and author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession won’t speak definitively for everyone, he says there are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective.

Step One: Get More Sleep

Step Two: Write Down What Is Distracting You

Step Three: Turn Off Digital Distractions

Step Four: Commit To What You’re Doing

Step Five: Practice

Step Six: Integrate “Distraction” Breaks

“It’s stopping work completely to read an aviation book or make myself a cup of coffee or check out something on Politico — something completely different that actually allows me to reset for a second so when I am working, I’m working at my full efficacy rather than this deep-down distracted sense,” he says.

Originally published at on January 10, 2017.

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