What Can I Do To Improve My Attention?

  • Whenever possible, reconstruct your environment (e.g., shut doors and windows, turn off computers and machines) to minimize distraction due to background noise.
  • Break down large jobs into smaller tasks, and likewise, schedule frequent, short (e.g., 30-minute) work sessions rather than one long (e.g., 3-hour) work session. For example, for every 30 minutes of work, take a 3-4 minute break.
  • To increase motivation, follow a less desirable task with a more desirable task, making the completion of the first necessary to perform the second.
  • Use direct eye contact when listening to someone.