Tips to help you stay focused

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Staying focused and on task can be difficult during these long summer months. But while maintaining your focus may feel like a challenge, Dr. Sanford Silverman of the Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders in Scottsdale has a few tips to help people stay on track.

Dr. Silverman suggests taking a few minutes, preferably in the morning, to organize what you want to accomplish that day.

Along those same lines, Dr. Silverman said creating a “to-do” list for the day will also make it easier to stay on top of your daily plans.

Taking care of your mind and body is also an important part of maintaining your focus.

“It’s very important if we stretch, take a little walk, get outside for a few minutes if it’s not too hot, we’re getting a little blood flow and oxygen to the brain,” Dr. Silverman explained.

Sleep and exercise are also key components to having a productive and focused day. Dr. Silverman said eight hours of sleep should be the goal, noting that a lack of sleep can affect our short term memory and motor skills.

Lastly, Dr. Silverman encourages people not to be too reliant on technology. While setting alerts on your phone can help you stay organized, relying on technology can also make you constantly drawn to more stimulation.

For more information on Dr. Silverman’s work at the Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders visit