Living and working online, our attention is constantly getting barraged by every banner ad, tweet and Facebook update out there.  It’s like a never-ended stream of information, stealing our precious time and diverting our focus everywhere else but where it needs to go…

Today, I’d like to share a few brain hacks that I found here, no matter what the situation is…

Brain Hack #1: Shrink Your Mental Deadlines

If you think something is going to take you an hour, give yourself 40 minutes instead. By shrinking your mental deadlines, you’ll be able to work much faster and with greater focus.

The remaining 20 minutes that you saved?  At first, just relax during that time.  Eventually, after your unshakeable focus becomes a habit, you’ll be able to get other smaller tasks done in that time.

Brain Hack #2: Create a ”Stop Doing” List

A “Stop Doing” list is as important as a “To Do” list. We use a To Do list to help us gets things done, but how many counter-productive habits, rituals and routines are we allowing in our lives to continue robbing us of the results and lifestyle we truly desire?

By creating a ”Stop Doing” list, and committing to it, we can systematically purge out negative habits and replace them with more productive ones….  Think, checking email.  Visiting Facebook.  Logging into Twitter.  Those should be at the top of the list.

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Brain Hack #3: Review Your Productivity at the End of the Day

Try this: A powerful productivity strategy is to create an evening planning ritual where you select a few priority tasks to accomplish the next day. Every night before going to bed, take the time to write down the top 3-5 highest priority items that you resolve to complete the following day. These should be tasks that directly move you or your business closer to your goals, and that create a measurable result. Avoid busywork!

Brain Hack #4: Avoid Multitasking

Don’t multitask. Multitasking is something we all do these days. The problem though is that our brains just aren’t cut out for it. When you multitask, you’re actually interfering with your brain’s ability to perform at it’s full-capacity.

Do one thing at a time, minimize context shifts, maximize brain power!

Brain Hack #5: Use ”Brainwave Entrainment” Audios

Brainwave entrainment is a 100+ year old science that uses special tones and sounds to influence a person’s brainwave patterns, which have been proven scientifically to help change one’s state of mind.

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Brainwave entrainment can be used to tap into the frequencies associated with heightened focus and increased productivity, and brings your brain waves into harmony with one another. The result is more clarity, more creativity, enhanced focus, and increased personal output.

You simply put on your headphones and play a special MP3 audio based on what kind of mindset you want to entrain. You can even do this while you’re working, writing, reading, doing chores, etc.

Now, it’s your turn…  What have you done in the past to improve your focus?

To read the full Brain Hacks article, please visit Collective Evolution here.