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Managing Executive Functioning at Work

Executive functioning is a set of cognitive skills that help us manage our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. These skills include:

  • Attention: The ability to focus and concentrate on tasks.

  • Working memory: The ability to hold information in mind temporarily.

  • Inhibition: The ability to control our impulses and resist distractions.

  • Planning: The ability to set goals and make plans to achieve them.

  • Organization: The ability to manage our time and resources effectively.

  • Problem-solving: The ability to identify and solve problems.

  • Decision-making: The ability to make decisions and stick to them.




Executive functioning skills are essential for success at work. They help us to:

  • Stay organized and manage our time effectively.

  • Set goals and make plans to achieve them.

  • Prioritize tasks and make decisions.

  • Control our emotions and impulses.

  • Work independently and as part of a team.

  • Solve problems and overcome challenges.



If you're struggling with executive functioning at work, there are a few things you can do to improve your skills. These include:

  • Get organized. Create a system for tracking your tasks and deadlines. Use tools such as to-do lists, calendars, and reminders to stay on top of your work.

  • Set goals. Having goals gives you something to work towards and helps you stay motivated. Break down your goals into smaller, more manageable steps to make them easier to achieve.

  • Prioritize tasks. Not all tasks are created equal. Some tasks are more important than others, and some are more urgent. Learn to prioritize your tasks so that you're working on the most important things first.

  • Control your emotions. It's important to be able to control your emotions at work. This means not letting your emotions get the best of you and not allowing them to interfere with your work.

  • Work independently and as part of a team. Being able to work independently and as part of a team is essential for success at work. Learn to work well with others and to be a team player.

  • Solve problems and overcome challenges. Problems and challenges are a part of life. It's important to be able to identify and solve problems and to overcome challenges. This means being able to think critically and creatively.




Improving your executive functioning skills takes time and effort, but it's worth it. By developing these skills, you can improve your productivity, your performance at work, and your overall quality of life.


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