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Scatterbrain, ScreenBrain and What’s Wrong With my Mind?

neuroscience, programming, human mind, human brain, businessScatterbrain is becoming a sign of the times, and not a good sign at that.

While some proudly thump their chests over their supernatural powers to multi-task, normal humans find themselves more scattered than ever. We even have an official diagnosis. A.D.D.

Lack of focus is all around us;  from jumping between work tasks to the interrupts driven by social media, from our distraction with our mobile devices to the simple act of channel flipping. We’re caught up in a  frenzy of nano-length attention spans.

In the process, we’re losing one of our most powerful human weapons, the power of focus.

ScreenBrain Meets ScatterBrain

Have you noticed that even as we lose our power to focus on a conversation, we’re simultaneously becoming more focused on our screens? Look around a restaurant, airport or mall. You’ll find most humans buried in their mobile screens. You may believe we’re attracted to the information those screens deliver. In reality, it’s the screens themselves that are addictive.

The refresh rates on screens create a hypnotic state in viewers. Within 30 seconds, the refresh triggers your unconscious mind into an alpha state – which is in effect a hypnotic trance. Once you’re in that state, the screen itself and the information it delivers is designed to keep you in that hypnotic and highly suggestible state.  From advertising to video delivery, the news to political speeches, programmers and writers use the power of hypnotic techniques, technology and neural linguistics to program your mind.

No wonder we focus on those screens. But is that a healthy point of focus?  I don’t think so.  Which is why I began to set timers to limit my time on a screen (unless Im writing or creating.)  I also cut way back on the television and spend more time reading the old fashioned way.  It took almost five months, but the addiction to the screens is finally behind me.

What’s Wrong with My Mind?

But it’s not just the screens. It’s also life and programming in our modern world.

A few months ago I realized that I’d lost my power of focus. I was caught in a cycle of skipping between productive work, social media platforms, email, shuffling my desk and searching on the web. While I spent hours and hours in front of my computer screen, I was getting less and less actually accomplished by the end of the day.

To make matters worse, I was having trouble focusing on my day, moment to moment. The clincher came when I was sitting at my computer screen once again streaming social media conversations. A timer went off in the kitchen and I bounced up to check it. There was nothing on the stove, in the oven or on the counter tops. What the heck was that alarm doing? I couldn’t remember. I went back to my computer (quickly)  and about 5 minutes later my unconscious mind gave me the answer. I’d put some lettuce in the freezer to crisp it before I made a salad. I’d set the timer for 2 minutes. I was in such a hurry to get back to my screen and the other world of social that I couldn’t even remember what I was doing  2  minutes ago in my own life.  WHOA.

That was enough for me. This wasn’t some form of mental pause. This was much more.  I wanted my mind back!

So I began to research the scatterbrain syndrome.  I had to find an answer.  To get there,  I combined a number of simple techniques from some of my favorite mind magic (aka neuroscience) to regain my mental focus.

After a bit of time (and perseverance) it worked. I got my mind back! Whew. what a relief!

Want to know what I did?

Check back tomorrow to learn my  simple steps and some powerful mind tools to Get Your Focus On!

 

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Rebel Brown guides organizations and individuals to harness the power of their minds to step into their ultimate potential. A masterful agent of change, for over 25 years Rebel Brown has inspired, coached and empowered individuals and businesses to unstoppable performance and results. As a recognized market strategist and turnaround expert, Rebel guided over 200 global organizations to step beyond their status quo perspectives to create profitable market advantage. She also worked with US and European venture firms to successfully fund and launch their portfolios. She also ran a consulting practice in Paris for three years, working with European clients. Fascinated by the power of our human minds to limit ourselves and our business results, she began her study of neural science. Her core question was simple. What could we do if we had no limits? Today, she brings the power of neuroscience to business (NeuroBusiness), fueling limitless thinking that drives powerful bottom line growth for her executive and corporate clients. Rebel’s work has been featured in media including First Business TV, Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Business Insider and Business Week. She is a Vistage International speaker and workshop leader as well as NSA speaker. She’s also been named one of the Top 100 Women in Computing. Rebel is also the founder and director of the Unstoppable U Foundation, a non-profit program committed to guiding kids to know that they are born to be Unstoppable!