The Science of Focus: 3 Key Neurotransmitters You Can Take Advantage of to Boost Productivity
Focus can vary greatly from day to day.
- 🔥 Some days — you’re on fire
- 😫 Other days — you’re constantly behind
- 😱 Willpower & planning are not the only solutions
- 🧠 Brain chemicals affect your ability to focus
3 key neurotransmitters you can take advantage of:
Increases focus on information and drown out distractions.
Think of it like a volume button for the important stuff and a mute button for the noise. Increasing Acetylcholine levels can improve your ability to focus on the task. Go from thought everywhere to laser beam focus.
Maintaining healthy Acetylcholine levels:
- Get good sleep
- Avoid caffeine before bed
- Practice mindfulness, meditation or yoga
- Eat foods rich in choline (eggs, fish & spinach)
Helps you steer your focus in the right direction based on past knowledge and experiences.
It’s like a guide for attention, leading us towards what’s important and away from what’s not. By boosting Dopamine levels, you can create positive triggers & habits. If something feels good you’ll be drawn towards it.
Dopamine can work for or against you.
Dopamine is also associated with reward-seeking behaviour, which can lead to distractions such as social media use. Create positive Dopamine loops and avoid returning to quick negative hits.
Form helpful Dopamine habits:
- Set time limits on tasks
- Reward yourself for completing tasks
- Spend time with friends and loved ones
- Add positive emotional anchors to tasks and outcomes
Helps keep you alert and ready to take action.
It’s like a spark that ignites your attention and fuels action. Increase Norepinephrine to encourage action. Action will feel more automatic and less like a heavy lift.
Encourage good Norepinephrine:
- Get enough sleep
- Find new challenges
- Take short breaks & get outdoors
- Consume caffeine from coffee, tea or chocolate