In this video I share some of my best strategies for Designing for Your Brain. Designing for Your Brain is about applying what we know about how brains work to design our everyday experiences, goals, and intentions in a way that optimizes our overall ability to shape our attention, memory, and focus. Instead of trying to control our attention we learn to influence and work with it to help us play to WIN!
Recorded Appearance from ADHD EXPO 2013
3 BONUS Strategies for Designing for Your Brain
- Use the 1, 3, 5 rule to create focal points that your brain can easily absorb. – For example, try putting 1, 3 or 5 things on your To Do List for a given day. Anything else you do is BONUS!
- Reframe your questions to make them easier for your brain to answer them. For example, instead of asking
“What do I need to do next?” which creates an overwhelming avalanche of possibilities, ask:
“What can wait?”
Keep taking options OFF your plate till you land on something that really needs to be done and you also feel READY to get it done.
- Reframing a task. Instead of asking:
“How will I finish this task?” if that’s getting you stuck, try asking:“How could I start this task and just do what I can in 5 minutes to make progress?”Sometimes, refocusing your brain on how to keep restarting instead of on finishing just feels simpler to your brain. And, you will be playing to your brain’s natural love of starting things! Ultimately, if you keep restarting, finishing has a way of taking care of itself!On the other hand, our brains ALSO love closure. It depends on our mood and on how difficult the idea of finishing feels in the moment. So, when your brain is craving closure, try asking”What tasks do I already have in progress that would be fairly easy to finish up right now? Just like our computers, sometimes what our brains need to counteract feelings of overwhelm is to “close open windows.” When you start acting wonky, just like your computer, it’s usually a sign you need to close some open tabs and reboot before you open any more.
Be kind to your brain and it will cooperate with you too!