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04/23/2014 08:30 am ET Updated Apr 23, 2014

5 Simple Tricks To Get Your Focus On Track

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The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

We all have those days where we just. can't. focus. You try to devote your attention to one task, only to be completely whisked away by another. We know that multitasking comes at a high price -- but instead of fighting our focus problems with fervor, maybe some little hacks can help when our attention span gets misaligned. Check out the five simple tricks below, and use one the next time you need to get your productivity back on track. You'll be thankful you did!

  • 1 Think yellow.
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    Studies have shown that a quick glance at the color yellow can not only sharpen your concentration, it can also increase your happiness.
  • 2 Tap or twist.
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    Not all fidgeting is bad -- in fact, it may help you during more complex projects. Some neurologists theorize that there are cognitive benefits to our extraneous movements. Fidgeting may allow the brain to process deep thoughts and create better mental functioning.
  • 3 Doodle.
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    That mindless doodling may not be so mindless after all. According to research published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, idly drawing during those important meetings or classes may actually help you pay better attention to what's going on. In the study, doodlers were able to retain more information than non-doodlers.
  • 4 Take a break (or a snooze).
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    Those brief breaks, whether you're watching a cute animal video or grabbing a few minutes of shuteye, can do wonders for your focus. If you're elbows-deep in tasks and looking to tackle your to-do list, you might want to step away from it for a little while.
  • 5 Sit in silence.
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    In our tech-crazed culture, it can be difficult to grab a few moments of total quiet -- but by powering down your surroundings, you could be doing your focus a favor. Total silence is also something creative types swear by -- just the trick you need when you're trying to be innovative at work.

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--Posted by Lindsay Holmes

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