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THE DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN ENHANCE FOCUS AND ATTENTION

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Technology has allowed us to find ways to prevent boredom from setting in. Video Games, social media, streaming services, and of course smartphone use. However, the constant need to see something interesting has forced us to adopt habits that are detrimental to focus, attention, and overall productivity. This need for excitement and positivity also caused us to procrastinate from tasks that are mundane yet important. How do you stop procrastinating? How do you boost productivity and improve focus?

by Andy J. Skye    November 01, 2019

To help with this, we compiled the 8 different ways you can improve focus and attention.

1. ASSESS HOW FOCUSED YOU ARE

The first and foremost activity you should do is to measure just how much focus and attention you really have. After all, you can’t fix a problem if you don’t know the magnitude of that problem in the first case.

If you’re able to find it easy to stay alert, capable of simplifying tasks in your head, and manage to take short breaks to relieve stress and pressure, then you already have a good grasp of focus and have good productivity. You can only improve upon what you’re already in control of.

In contrast, if you daydream regularly, have a tendency to open new browser tabs when at work, or you sometimes find yourself staying a little too long inside the office pantry, then you probably need to work a lot more on building a good foundation of focus and productivity.

2. RID YOURSELF OF DISTRACTIONS

As we mentioned, the world has allowed us to conveniently rid ourselves of boredom by putting entertainment at our fingertips. However, this convenience can be detrimental to focus, productivity, and attention span if left unchecked.

A 2017 study investigated the effects of smartphone use to a person’s self-reported productivity. The data gathered from 262 participants let researchers conclude that there is a link between overt checking of smartphones and low levels of productivity and focus.

You can’t control the onset of boredom, but you do have the ability to remove possible distractions. 

For most people, smartphones cause them to lose focus and become unproductive. The notifications, the likes, comments, and shares, and it gets worse when you don’t hear anything because then you have to double check anyway. If that’s the case, then the best thing you can do is to put the phone away out of reach. If you can do your job without internet, or you can save webpages and text before you start working, then by all means turn your router off.

Sometimes food can be an effective way to distract yourself and force procrastination. This is often a problem for those who work from home, as they literally have easy access to free food. If you find yourself checking the fridge every now and then, causing you to unnecessarily pause whatever task you’re doing, it could be smarter to just work somewhere else.

3. STOP MULTITASKING

Multitasking is a skill that many employers look for, but the reality is it’s a bad trait. Studies have shown that the productivity of someone who focuses on one task at a time is about the same or better than someone who multitasks. More than that, multitasking has also been cited to reduce gray matter as well as lower IQ.

Other researchers note that people who engage in multitasking are also those who have high levels of impulsivity, sensation seeking, and less capable of blocking out distractions than to focus on a singular task. In short: people multitask not because they choose to, but because they can’t focus their attention on one thing.

4. MEDITATE AND BE MINDFUL

Meditation and mindfulness means to focus on the little things you normally do such as breathing, the number of times you tap your feet or fingers, and of course paying attention to anytime you start to lose focus. Being aware of the small things can help you mentally will yourself back into a state of deep focus and unwavering attention, and overall prevent you from daydreaming, staring into space, or your mind just wandering off.

A popular way to practice mindfulness instantly is to take several deep breaths and focusing on each one for a few minutes.

5. TAKE A BREATHER

If you find yourself constantly looking for something to distract you, perhaps it’s a sign that you should take a break. More often than not, the primary reason for losing focus and attention is stress buildup. This is particularly prevalent in people working in corporate.

Stress is brought about by an increase of the cortisol hormone, and studies have shown that taking a short, but well deserved break helps reduce cortisol levels which lowers stress. When you’re no longer stressed, you’re capable of continuing whatever it was you paused, whether it be studying for a hard exam or just doing your taxes.

6. HAVE A CHECKLIST ON HAND AT ALL TIMES

People like to have bucket lists for life goals and it’s always rewarding to check them off. You can also apply the same principle on your daily tasks.

Make it a habit to start your work day by first writing the tasks you need to do and arranging them in the order that is most efficient. Then, start working your way down that list, ticking off activities you’ve already accomplished along the way.

Having a physical list of things to do, instead of having a mental version, can help you keep track of what you have to do first, what you’re currently doing, and what you’re going to do next.

A list can also help keep you motivated, especially when you notice that you’re checking boxes at a faster rate than you thought.

This advice can also work better if you also setup a timer for each task you do. Physically seeing a countdown timer can help force your brain to have laser focus and unbridled attention, and it would feel rewarding to see if you can finish your assignments before the clock runs out.

7. SIMPLIFY COMPLICATED TASKS

The best way to put the pieces of a scrambled puzzle is to focus on one side or corner at a time and work your way towards the middle. This is the same concept with simplifying complicated tasks. You start on parts that can be easily done, then you end it with a big finish that ties it all up.

You can use this as a sort of lifehack when it comes to the reward system the brain has. Simply put, the brain relies on volume of accomplished tasks than intensity. Chopping a big task into smaller, compartmentalized slices can help you feel good about finishing multiple tasks in a short amount of time. This goes right back to tip #6 on check lists.

8. GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE (BUT THERE'S BETTER WAY)

A good cup of coffee can do more than wake you up. As it turns out, the caffeine surge can cause your brain to have better focus. A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Neuroscience have led the researchers to conclude that caffeine consumption is directly correlated with benefits to focus and attention as well as alertness.

We do have to warn about the crash, or when the caffeine surge stops and forces your brain to go back to where it started. This makes you feel tired so suddenly. But don’t be sad, there’s a way how to avoid coffee crash.

Supplementing with Nootropics

You can always improve your focus and productivity through the routines we mentioned, but if you really want to boost your brain power to another level, you have to consider taking nootropics. 

Nootropics are basically ingredients (either synthetic or natural) used to promote enhanced brain functions. Memory, cognition, focus, and attention are examples of brain functions nootropics were meant to build on.

Taking nootropics could also help bring you back to your State of Flow, or the space where the mental or physical tasks you have meet the level of skill you currently possess. Nootropics can either make a boring task more enjoyable or a difficult task more manageable. Regardless of the tasks you’re taking nootropics for, they are sure to help you complete them faster and with a better mindset.

Here are some nootropic ingredients you want in a nootropic supplement:

  1. Citicoline. Citicoline is among the most sought after nootropic in the industry. It’s capable of powerful brain-boosting properties, fast-acting, and stimulant-free. It supercharges brain circulation, energizes and regenerates brain cells, and activates neurotransmitters.
  2. Phosphatidylserine. This nootropic is popular in helping with age-related memory problems. It’s primarily taken for memory, but some studies show its benefits for those with dementia.
  3. Bacopa Monnieri. Bacopa is a traditional Ayurvedic herb that helps promote knowledge retention and reduce the stress associated with studying – making it ideal for students.
  4. Alpha GPC. This is a popular form of choline that’s often taken as an alternative to Citicoline for maximizing brain health as well as brain cell regeneration.
  5. Huperzine A. Also known as Chinese Club Moss, this ingredient has been shown to work wonders regarding brain chemicals, mental energy, and brain cell regeneration. It’s best selling point is the fact that it can work even in tiny doses.
  6. Sulbutiamine. This is essentially a synthetic version of thiamine meant to efficiently cross the blood-brain barrier. Thiamine is critical for memory, brainpower, and even mood.
  7. Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is more of an adaptogen (and extract that helps improve mood and reduce stress) than a true nootropic, but it does promote a healthy and determined mindset which is important for mental productivity and focus.
 

At AZOTH, before the first formula was released, we had spent 3 years dedicated to finding the perfect combination by teaming up with some of the world’s best manufacturers, scientists, and nootropic experts. As the founder, Prady Tewarie says “I was sick of being deceived by all the “big players” that claimed their underdosed placebos or undisclosed blends of scary chemicals as nootropics. 183 tries later – AZOTH was born.

And we are still dedicated to research, quality and value. Now the AZOTH 2.0 TOTAL NOOTROPIC is the leading nootropic supplement in the world. And it’s no accident, because:

  • We don’t hide our 9 all-natural ingredients
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Most Importantly – we created the winning combination of: Focus, Memory, Confidence, Motivation, Anti-Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Mood and Energy.

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