Sexton has another helpful refocusing tip that mirrors Bild's daily wrap-up. Every day before bedtime, she recommends a "brain dump." "You write everything down that's in your head and put it on paper," she says. "Usually when we have all these thoughts that are making us feel overwhelmed, once we get it down on paper, we can organize it in a manner where it doesn't seem so overwhelming and we can sleep better."
And sleep, Sexton adds, is crucial for focusing. If you can't get the full seven or eight hours, at least make sure what you get is quality sleep, she says.
Learn to say no. "People will ask us to do things, and we want to be helpful. But if we're aware of our calendar and what's on our plate, it's much easier to say no. Or, 'No, I can't do it right now,'" Sexton says. Of course, sometimes it's impossible not to add something to your to-do list, if it's your boss doing the asking, or your spouse or a sick relative. But if we're overwhelmed, it's imperative that people say, "No, not now," if they're able.
"We're such a helping society, and we don't want people to dislike us, and we want to help everybody," Sexton says. "But we're not helping ourselves when we put everybody else in front of ourselves."