Staying Focused

Filed Under: Focus at Work

Q:

"My job requires me to attend lots of boring lectures and conferences. Knitting keeps me focused, but my employer won’t let me knit. What else might help?"

A:

Have you explained to your boss how a "mindless activity," like knitting, helps you sit quietly and focus on the speaker?

If he still says no to knitting, find another activity that is a bit more discreet—fiddling with linked paperclips, playing with a loop of yarn, or taking notes and doodling on the page could do the trick. Experiment to find the "fidget" that works best for you.

Sarah Wright is a nationally known expert in ADHD. She is also a life coach in San Diego County, California, and the coauthor of Fidget to Focus (iUniverse), with Roland Rotz, Ph.D. Learn more about their book at fidgettofocus.com.

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