Nurturing social relationships and organising events will allow you to train your Executive Function and challenge your planning and strategy skills. Without our normal routine, we need to proactively find opportunities to engage virtually with others. Planning or participating in a small, manageable online event, as simple as planning a virtual quiz night or watching a film a with others will enable you to boost your executive function. This will help you to plan, organise, direct and complete tasks in all areas of your life, both personal and professional.
If we leave the planning of events such as these down to other people, or even to electronic devices, over time our ability to plan and organise will decrease, having knock on effects on our cognition more generally. So, take back some control.
As well as planning these events, the social interaction (even when only virtual) that you’ll experience at these events will benefit your executive function, as stimulating conversations and debate are also good for your cognitive health.
Being in isolation indoors is a good time to think about reaching out to those you haven’t had time to speak with in a while. Try writing texts, emails and making phone and video calls to catch up with others. Agreeing regular check-in times with others is a good way to stay connected with those around you during this period.
Also, don’t forget to make longer-term plans and setting goals, even if you are uncertain about the future at the moment. Trying to reorganise your life and your objectives stimulates your creativity and your mental flexibility, two key components of Executive Function.
Watch the video to learn more about how executive function impacts your life
Tips to improve executive function by nurturing social relationships and planning ahead
Start a weekly online entertainment club – start holding a monthly get together for friends, family or colleagues. This will involve:
- Checking schedules and finding some free time
- Communicating the time of the event with others
- Choosing the entertainment, making sure it will suit everyone’s tastes
- Setting up the discussion for the event.
Start making plans for the future – not matter if about developing your career, nurturing a free-time activity, learning new things or realising a project. This will involve:
- Make a list of goals you care about
- Try to put them on a priority list along a realistic timeline
- Check what are the blockers to reach your goals
- Think about creative solutions to overcome the blockers
- Start drawing a plan!
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