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Increase Focus Naturally With These 10 Tips

Health.com     First Posted: 04/17/11 12:25 PM ET   Updated: 06/17/11 06:12 AM ET

You're late to work (again), behind on a project, or can't remember the action points from the last meeting. If you're one of the roughly 10 million U.S. adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be a constant challenge to stay on task.

Anthony Rostain, M.D., professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, says you can get distracted by external stimuli like noise or internal stimuli like daydreaming; these different distractions require different coping strategies, he explains.

Here's how to pinpoint your weaknesses and 10 strategies for getting the job done:

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If you want to raise an important point in a conference call, but don't want to butt in, you may not absorb what the others are saying while you wait to bring it up.

Better to jot down a keyword to remind yourself what you want to say, says Linda Richmand, a Westchester County, NY, certified professional coach with a specialty in adult ADHD and ADD. "Now you're ready to fully attend."

She recommends keeping a "random-thought pad" on hand, whether you are at your computer or folding laundry. Enter important reminders and any brilliant ideas that pop into your head so that you are less distracted by them as you work on the present task.
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