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)