The executive functions are a set of brain processes that have to do with self management of one’s resources in order to achieve a goal.
It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.
There are 7 basic executive functions:
- Paying attention.
- Organizing, planning, and prioritizing.
- Starting tasks and staying focused on them to completion.
- Understanding different points of view.
- Regulating emotions.
- Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you’re doing)