Are you typically focused throughout the day?

Northrop Grumman / Engthe_curio
May 8 19 Comments

I spend the majority with my brain feeling shut off/in fog. When I’m doing LeetCode or work, I just don’t feel like I’m there with my brain. One of the only times I do really feel focused is when I’m pumped up with adrenaline, but that’s just not sustainable. When someone starts talking paragraphs, I just glaze over and I’ll just try to find a written version to read because it’s too long to listen to. I’ve tried jogging/exercising but it doesn’t “bring me back”. Sometimes I do eventually focus well but it takes me like hours of sitting there really trying to focus on that one thing.

The reason I ask is because when I’m focused, I feel like I learn 100x faster than when I’m in brain fog.

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  • Google coolguy00
    same here. one issue I have is noise. can't stand coworkers loud keyboard. tried noise cancelling headphones, but listening to music is distracting. tried listening to white noise or classical music, I feel like I'm drowning from the inside. tried earplugs, hurts after a while.

    if anyone has a solution, I'm all ears.
    May 87
    • Microsoft @8gt:4()$n
      I hate open office due to this.
      May 8
    • Northrop Grumman / Engthe_curio
      OP
      Hearing people chewing drives me crazy
      May 8
    • Western Digital ddsea18
      Let me guess: you have trouble sleeping. I suggest if you improve that, the rest will follow. Not a doctor, simply basing on my own experience.
      May 8
    • Microsoft MSofti
      www.brain.fm is a great solution for listening to music that actually helps you focus. Give it a try. Not free, but well with the free trial and paying for it too!
      May 8
    • Google coolguy00
      @Northrop me too and people who eat with their mouths open. @Western I sleep 8 hours regularly, in my case, don't think it's that.
      May 8
    • Google coolguy00
      I think it's called misophonia.
      May 8
    • New wrqR15
      The solution is demanding work from home days. It is extremely difficult for me to concentrate (ADHD). There are days for meetings and workshops in the office or client sites, and days where I actually do work and at home.

      When I work, I do so extremely efficiently, as I know that I have 5 hours tops per day of productive focused work. Anything beyond that is “looking busy”
      May 8
  • New QTdN03
    There is medication designed especially for this.
    May 82
    • Google coolguy00
      it's called coffee.
      May 8
    • New bzRF81
      You mean the greatest anxiety medication ever - one that causes anxiety at request?! Probably would be homeless without it!
      May 8
  • Intel babubhatt
    Squirrel!
    May 80
  • Airbnb murat
    i have sleep apnea, focusing is hard
    May 82
    • Twitch xarth
      Same, the struggle is real. Getting surgery to treat it soon
      May 8
    • Airbnb murat
      good luck to you! I’m also waiting on surgery
      May 8
  • OFI Global ZZZ999
    if you feel like you’re in a fog a lot of the time it might be a diet thing, you should run tests with your doctor and see if there’s something you should stop eating
    May 81
    • Microsoft MSofti
      I've heard for some people gluten and other diets high in carbs/grains can have the effect.
      May 8
  • Autodesk sodjdjekrm
    This poll seems like a system to identify people who thinks they cant concentrate 😀 hope the companies are not watching
    May 80
  • Gluten makes me hard to concentrate
    May 80

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