What are the best tips for improving focus?


To enhance focus, recommends several science-based protocols and practices on the :

  1. Mental Warm-up: Just like physical warm-up, engage in a gradual process to reach a state of focus by ramping up neurochemicals like epinephrine, adrenaline, acetylcholine, and dopamine 1.

  2. Covert Focus: Practice covert focus by maintaining your gaze on one point while directing your attention to another, which can be more challenging and helps with concentration 2.

  3. Visual Focus Exercise: Focus on one location for set periods of time (starting with 30 seconds), extending gradually, to drill into the neural circuits that create focus 3.

    Improving Focus

    Andrew explains that mental work, focus, and concentration require a warm-up just like physical exercise. He emphasizes that focus is dynamic and gradually drops into any state, and that it is an ability that can be improved through neuroplasticity. Andrew also provides tips for improving focus, including optimizing sleep and using auditory sound-based tools.

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  4. 13-Minute Breathing-Based Meditation: Consistently refocusing your attention during meditation on your breathe and a point behind your forehead can significantly improve focus 4.

  5. Deliberate Defocus: Take breaks for menial tasks or to decompress after intense focus bouts, which helps to restore the brain's ability to focus again 5.

  6. Supplements and Nutrition: Incorporate supplements that modulate neural circuits for focus, such as Alpha-GPC, phenylethylamine, L-tyrosine, creatine, and omega-3s 6.

  7. Sound-Based Tools: Use sound tools like 40 Hz binaural beats, white noise, pink noise, or brown noise to aid focus and concentration 1.

  8. Optimize Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for overall mental function, therefore improving sleep quality can significantly enhance focus 6.

Choose a few tools and experiment with different combinations to identify what works best for improving your focus and concentration. Remember to also incorporate periods of defocus to allow your brain to rest and maintain its ability to focus when needed 6.