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Everything's more exciting with BRAAAAAAAAAM.

I've found that Hans Zimmer's musical scores for the Christopher Nolan Batman films as well as (god help me) the Zack Snyder Superman films are absolutely perfect as music for me to work to -- a combination of urgent/propulsive and melodic that lets me focus and build a rhythm. What else might work for me along these lines?
posted by eugenen on Oct 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Up tempo/techno/trance music suggestions for concentration

I am looking for suggestions for techno/trance/electronic music to help me concentrate. I thought I'd just look for "focus" music on Spotify and Youtube, but I find mostly classical piano music, and that doesn't help me focus at all. I need music without any lyrics (also no yelling, spoken words, etc), and a somewhat fast beat. [more inside]
posted by blub on Sep 10, 2016 - 22 answers

I'm drifting......how do I regain direction?

I've just turned 52 and I feel like I am currently drifting along in life with no clear goals and a lack of focus and direction. How can I get a plan and regain direction? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Jul 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Tuning out distractions while reading

I find it almost impossible to read when someone is watching TV in the same room or having a conversation at the next table. These are situations where I don't have control over my environment (I can't make people stop talking or turn off the TV). I'd like to be better at "walling off" the distractions mentally so that they don't disrupt my reading so much. Is this a skill I can develop? Are there techniques I can use to improve my ability to focus in these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by Gerald Bostock on Jun 23, 2016 - 24 answers

When should I take bupropion to avoid brain fog between 8 a.m. and noon?

I take bupropion 300 daily, first thing in the morning. It works well for its purpose but as others have said, it does seem to create brain fog. Trouble is, I'm writing a book, trying to concentrate on it usually between 8 a.m. and noon. [more inside]
posted by Skipjack on Jun 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Apparently I don't understand percent concentrations... a little help?

In my workplace there is a reference to a "12% NH4OH" reagent that is prepared by diluting 20 mL of NH4OH to 50mL with H2O. It's obvious to me that this isn't a v/v concentration but I cant see how the formula makes it either a 12% w/w or a 12% w/v concentration. Assuming that we're starting with reagent grade (29% assay) NH4OH, which is it... and how does it work out to 12%? [more inside]
posted by whatisish on May 17, 2016 - 9 answers

In need of a "settle down to work" ritual

I suck at transitions, especially transitioning into working. I am in need of suggestions for a ritual I can perform when I sit down at my desk in the morning, after lunch, after I come back from a break, to cue my brain that it's time for work now. It is important that this ritual is not connected to any rabbit holes. Desk-working-mefites: what are your tricks to flip the switch into 'work mode'? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 2, 2016 - 24 answers

A Guide to Focused-Attention/Concentrative/Concentration Meditation?

I am looking for a guide to focused-attention, aka concentrative, aka concentration, meditation. This guide should be practical with no mumbo-jumbo, and this guide should be effective and efficient. I don't trust any random person on the internet, I want someone who is a researcher and has fine-tuned their system over the years (like Jon Kabat-Zin except for FA meditation). [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Dec 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Office Hours at Home

My partner often comes up to me and starts talking no matter what I'm doing - reading a book, writing, working on a drawing. He doesn't wait until I make eye contact or acknowledge him - he just starts talking. This means that when I'm concentrating on something I'm frequently interrupted. Is there a way for me to remain physically present and available for occasional conversation while signalling that I am busy and don't wish to be constantly interrupted? [more inside]
posted by sleepy psychonaut on Dec 26, 2015 - 30 answers

Make it so I can't read your answers to this question, please

What are the current best browser extensions for Chrome and Safari for leech blocking / stopping online time wasting? In particular, I want an extension that sets time per hour rather than time per day that can be wasted. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 30, 2015 - 6 answers

So many books, so little time.

Looking for a strategy to decide what book to read next! I have a huge TBR pile. And I am uncharacteristically having a devil of a time deciding what to read next. What can I do to prioritize the pile? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Oct 9, 2015 - 18 answers

How can I clear my head and focus on what I am doing?

Advice on how to concentrate when depression and anxiety are a mental distraction. [more inside]
posted by skwint on May 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Getting Back Into Reading

I love to read and have been a quick reader in the past. However, since I've dealt with so much anxiety/depression/PTSD the past few years, my ability to finish a book has suffered greatly. I frequently pick up books and abandon them even if I like them. Now that I'm feeling better and able to function more, I want to finish some of the books that have been on my list for ages. Does anybody have suggestions for rebuilding a reading habit? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 3, 2015 - 17 answers

My family are not cats and resent being herded

My job (project manager) involves keeping track of lots of niggly details, checking up on everything and everyone regularly, delegating tasks, and planning ALL THE THINGS. Unfortunately, this tends to spill over to my personal life, where my family (SO, parents, inlaws) don't like being treated as human resources and would appreciate a more relaxed and carefree me. But lately I've been having problems with separation of work and home life, as relaxation at home comes with slipups at work, and increased productivity at work comes with more tasks done at home but also with arguments and fuming SOs. Help? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Resetting Yourself

What do others do to reset themselves and to bring focus and attention on the goals and objectives that they have in their lives? I do meditate, but I feel like I am all over the place and not very centered or focused on much of anything. I just feel very scattered and am not finding anything that really brings me back to a place where I know why I am doing what I am doing. Any suggestions from anyone?
posted by nidora on Nov 4, 2014 - 23 answers

c25k for concentration and meditation

How to build concentration and learn to meditate [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Music to not concentrate to

I need music to fill up the background while I write. I'm currently working on a novel and I'm looking for recommendations of artists, albums, or online radio I could have going in my headphones to help me focus on the work. [more inside]
posted by billybunny on Jul 13, 2014 - 37 answers

Sudden anxiety attack, can't focus

For no apparent reason, I am suddenly super stressed out and completely unable to concentrate on anything... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 5, 2014 - 11 answers

There's never a good time

I moved and can no longer use the strategies that have helped me get through writing, for ages. I have a lot to do just now but am not in the headspace to change. This is about the regular tabacky. What's as good as nicotine for writing, and similar in use factors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Delaying instant gratification

How do ignore cravings or ideas that seem urgent and focus on the task at hand? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on May 25, 2014 - 10 answers


How do you deal with increasing anxiety and distraction at work caused by someone behind you who can see your monitor and generally watch you work all day? I am not goofing off, but I do use my computer heavily and variously and feel as though they are often watching me. They have never commented on what's on my screen, but other people stopping by their desk have. It has me to where I concentrate my windows so my body blocks line of sight, and I am endlessly distracted by it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 17 answers

Focusing on work

It is very difficult for me to focus when I have any problems at all. Sitting around alone in silence doesn't work for me! What might? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Everything is loud and I hate it.

I live in Palo Alto and find it impossible to concentrate and get anything done in public, my office being the only exception I've found. My apartment has single-pane windows and faces a busy street. I can hear traffic, car stereos, and even loud sidewalk conversations really, really well. The cafes where I can actually get a seat are also super-loud. I am picking up 77-80 dB on my phone mic at La Boulange right now, even when no music is playing. It is unbearable. Where can I find respite (defined as being able to concentrate, read, and work on a laptop) within 30 minutes of downtown PA via some combination of bike, bus, and Caltrain? (Do not suggest headphones or earplugs.)
posted by Nomyte on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

How to snap out of it/ concetrate on work?

What are practical tips for keeping my mind on tasks at hand rather than other things? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Dec 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Resources for learning to learn more effectively?

I'm looking for resources for evidence-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

How do you block gmail through etc/hosts?

Most "distracting" sites I can block by an entry in my etc/hosts file (Mac OSX 10.8.2). e.g.: plus.google.com But this method doesn't seem to be able to block gmail. [more inside]
posted by tomargue on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

what music to put in background when working/incrs. concentration/studyg

what music to put in background when working / to increase concentration / while studying I get bored a lot when working and get also distracted easily by outside noises. I'm looking for non-distracting music to put in the background. I'm familiar with iMusic. And there's some classical. Any further suggestions?
posted by earthwalker7 on Apr 25, 2013 - 28 answers

How to focus when my asthma inhaler makes me jittery and distracted?

After 8-9 months of escalating breathing problems, I saw a pulmonologist this week and was diagnosed with mild persistent asthma. He gave me a Dulera inhaler, to be used 2x daily. It's a mix of a corticosteroid and a long-acting bronchodilator (formoterol fumarate). It's definitely helping my breathing! But the bronchodilator is giving me serious jitters -- usually starting a few hours after I use the inhaler. When this feeling comes on, my hands shake, my body feels weird, and I have a hard time focusing on mental tasks. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Mar 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Getting 70% Isopropyl Alcohol down to exactly 50% based on a 32oz bottle

For one of the steps to a science project, I need to take a 32oz bottle of drugstore 70% isopropyl alcohol and reduces down to 50% by adding distilled water. Can anyone tell me how many ounces of water I would need to add to the 32oz bottle of isopropyl to make it 50% alcohol? The mathematical formula would be helpful if it's easy enough to calculate in the future. Thank you.
posted by orehek on Feb 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Non-drug strategies for improving concentration when depressed?

Due to depression, I'm having a lot of trouble concentrating at work. Are there non-drug strategies that I can try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2012 - 22 answers

Do I need to be medicated or am I just a lazyass?

Should I maybe get evaluated for ADD or ADHD? [more inside]
posted by hegemone on Oct 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Help with focus when reading dull, dry, and lengthy scientific papers or texts please. Yet another attention deficit question.

How do I maintain my focus and make sure my comprehension is maximized when reading (required) heavy or something I don't find terribly interesting? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 18, 2012 - 26 answers

I want to read novels like they're visual novels! Without making them visual or anything.

The Internet having destroyed my abilities of concentration, I'm looking for anything, preferably a web app, that can help me read large texts, like novels on a sentence-by-sentence basis. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on May 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Introduce me to meditation properly

I'm curious about meditating, but I don't really know where to begin. Further, I hear there are different types of meditation out there. Is there a difference between the effect of each type? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Mar 5, 2012 - 26 answers

I can't pay attention if paying attention makes me sleep!

Does this happen to anyone else: Long periods of concentration result in a creeping headache that eventually prevents me from functioning until I can take a nap. If so, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Feb 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Computer! Make me a better person!

What apps do you use to help you stay focused on work? I'm looking for Mac and web apps. I don't have clinically diagnosable ADHD, but I'm curious about what's out there and can certainly use the help sometimes.
posted by ignignokt on Feb 9, 2012 - 18 answers

I need a manual override for my brain.

ADHD sufferers and busy types in general: how do you handle the mental transitioning between different projects, or areas of your life? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I relearn how to focus? How do I relearn how to learn?

How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 28, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise?

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Dec 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Can you help me diagnose this odd health issue?

Can you help me diagnose this weird medical medical problem? I occasionally feel temporarily faint, dizzy, unable to concentrate. [more inside]
posted by denverco on Nov 25, 2011 - 28 answers

Body to Tired for Brain to Work

I started a very tiring full-time job for the Christmas season 2 weeks ago, and need hacks to help me concentrate on the college courses I'm taking during nights and weekends. [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Nov 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Discernment for the People-Oriented Free Spirits

Are there any ENFPs (Myers-Briggs Type) medical doctors out there with advice on how to get through all of the mundane, logical coursework that prerequisites and medical school classes entail? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Aug 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Help Me Focus?

Any recommndations for an herbal/OTC concentration aid that does NOT increase blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Jul 8, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I focus without music?

How do I concentrate without music playing? I usually listen to music when I work, but lately I can't do that. Are there any other ways to stay focused? My job requires me to be online, so staying offline isn't an option.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 23, 2011 - 11 answers

An alternative to snacking

Is there an alternative to snacking that one can do while they focus on something else? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Apr 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Which ADHD med won't cause anxiety?

What's a focus-enhancing ADHD medication that won't cause anxiety or make me feel "out of it" the way caffeine does? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Apr 19, 2011 - 21 answers

What famous author suggested writing in public to get ideas and/or improve concentration?

What famous author said that he liked writing in public places for ideas and/or training concentration? [more inside]
posted by vincentv on Mar 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I be on meds?

Caffeine helps me to be optimistic, positive, and productive at work. Unfortunately, it's also fantastically addictive, and disrupts basically every important bodily process that I have. Should I talk to a psychiatrist about trying some kind of prescription stimulant? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Sep 14, 2010 - 46 answers

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me.

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 25, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I improve my ability to read?

How do I improve my ability to read? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Jul 6, 2010 - 16 answers

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