How to improve your attention span

How to improve your attention span

I’m sorry, what were you saying? Information overload is a drag on our attention span. A stressful year doesn’t help. Brains dealing with a lot of stress go into fight-or-flight mode and don’t perform so well when it comes to executive functioning.

We all know the distractions that fracture our attention span — social media, multitasking, the relentless ding of email notifications. Finding small ways to remove those distractions has incremental positive effects on your attention span.

Some of the best proactive ways to improve attention span are the basics, of course:

  1. More sleep
  2. Less stress
  3. Deeper breathing
  4. More breaks

Over the last year of working with busy leaders through my role as Managing Partner, I’ve become more convinced than ever that “down time” is the key to success.

Even if it’s just a quick morning walk, or a stretch outside in the sunshine and fresh air at lunch, it’s those breaks that reinvigorate our attention span and stamina to do better work.


By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific
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