In our last blog, we talked about how to wake your brain up in the morning and get it ready for the day. Hopefully you’ve tried some of those tips and found them helpful, but even once your brain is awake and ready to go, it can encounter obstacles throughout the day. Those mid-morning doldrums in class or when you’re at your desk can put a damper on your productivity, and getting going again after lunch can seem like an insurmountable challenge. At LearningRx, our brain training programs are designed to help you improve your cognitive skills and achieve better focus, no matter what you’re doing. However, we know you can’t be engaged in brain training at all times, and the tips below may be able to help you keep your brain active during the day.
Turn Off the Notifications
In our fast-paced world of social media notifications, text messages, and other distractions, it can be easy to lose focus when your phone makes that familiar “ping” sound. You might be focused on studying for a test or in the middle of a project at work, and your phone reminds you that your friends are still out there tweeting or taking pictures of what they’re having for lunch. Even the slightest noise can ruin your concentration, and it can be hard to get your brain back on track. Silencing your phone can help you stay in the zone (and some companies don’t allow employees to use their phones at their desks, which isn’t the worst thing in the world.)
Take a Break and Go Outside
If you’re in the zone, you most likely don’t want to take a break, but if you’re having trouble concentrating or focusing on the task at hand, a break can be the best thing for your brain. You can’t force yourself to think harder, and sitting all day not only affects your physical health – it can take its toll on your mental state as well. Go outside, breathe fresh air, and stretch your muscles – your brain will thank you.
Turn on the Music
We spoke about this in our blog about waking up your brain, and while noises can be distracting, music can actually help your brainpower in the middle of a difficult afternoon. Build an instrumental playlist that can be on in the background, or if you have to wear headphones, can provide inspiration for the story you’re writing or assignment you need to finish before the end of the day. Songs with lyrics can distract you, so perhaps avoid those for the most part. If you’re doing a repetitive task, such as entering numbers in a spreadsheet you’ve used thousands of times, music can be very beneficial.
There can be many ways to keep your brain active throughout the day, such as working out over your lunch period, going for a walk around the office, or the options listed above. Try one or a combination of these ideas to see what works for you.
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