Distractions and Memory Lapses . . . More Tell Tale Signs

Here are two tell tale signs of  the spiraling effect that that are as frustrating as they are disruptive.  They happen to virtually everyone and can make you feel like you are losing your ground and even losing your mind!

Disadvantaged by Distractions: Even under the best circumstances, most people experience periods where they find it difficult to stay focused or able to concentrate on a specific task. Instead, their attention is divided and disadvantaged by distractions. Distractions are everywhere and can be external, such as a television in the background, or internal, such as emotional spinning over a particular issue. Under stress, lack of focus is worse because the ability to filter out distractions is further compromised by the fact that the effects of stress are distractors themselves. Anxiety, headaches, fatigue, frustration and any kind of personal overload is likely to contribute to a kind of temporary stress induced A.D.D. When attention ricochets, focus isn’t the only thing that’s compromised. Productivity is challenged and to make matters worse, it becomes more and more difficult to properly process, retain and recall information.

Absent Minded Memory Lapses: Attention and memory are closely connected and they are both huge quality of life issues. It’s frustrating to see productivity decrease and it’s downright scary when you can’t seem to remember a thing or when you find yourself questioning the things you do remember. This can cause even greater stress because of the doubt and confusion that absent minded memory lapses create. If you are not focusing then you are basically skimming, which is a way of going about daily routines in auto pilot. The less focus, the less likely that information will be registered or retained. It can wreak havoc when you struggle to recall details of a morning meeting or a conversation that you had with someone only a day earlier. Have you ever forgotten something you just reminded yourself to do? If you have ever thought you were losing your mind because you couldn’t remember something, then stress and distractions, not diminishing brain capacity, are the likely culprit.  Attention = Retention. Focused attenttion = even better retention.  The less stressed and distracted you are, the more focused you will be.  Relax. Set. Go. Remember.

3 Responses to “Distractions and Memory Lapses . . . More Tell Tale Signs”

  1. This is right on!! When is the book launch? I need it now!

  2. I like the book CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD by Edward Hallowell (http://amzn.to/uln0n) — helpful in keeping me organized when I’m prone to multitasking.

  3. Some good information here… I’d like to write more but I have to go turn of the TV, put my guitar away and turn off my Sirius radio. :)

    Nice job… Keep up the good work.

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