Some examples of difficulties with attention and concentration:
- Trouble paying attention in busy places.
- Getting distracted easily.
- Trouble returning to task when interrupted.
- Not being able to do more than one thing at a time.
- Trouble staying on task for long periods of time.
- Not being able to stick with a job until it is done.
- Avoid distractions. Find a quiet place to work. Turn off the radio or TV. Ask those around you not to interrupt you while you work.
- Begin with tasks that are short and relatively easy. Gradually increase the level of time and difficulty as you get better.
- Pick a time to work when you are most alert, mornings are often best. Try to get a good night’s sleep. If you find yourself fatigued after lunch, you may need a short nap to recharge.
- Get organized before you begin a project. Making a list of everything you need, and the steps you’ll need to take. Follow a checklist and cross things off as you do them.
- Ask for some help. Choose your helper carefully – someone who will be supportive and keep you on task.
- Do one task at a time. Carry a notepad with you to jot things down. That way you won’t have to stop in the middle of a task, you can just make a note and come back to it when you’re finished.
- Don’t push yourself too hard. Take short breaks (10 minutes). Now is not the time to “push through it”. If you’re having trouble focusing, it’s a sign your brain needs a rest.
- Don’t rush yourself. Go slow and steady, and ask yourself often “How am I doing?”
Links for More Tips – click on titles to go to these sites:
Tips for Managing Thinking Problems
Brainline Attention and Concentration
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