How to focus on studies without getting distracted?
Does this relate to you?
You have an exam coming up in a few days, so you realized it’s time to focus and hit the books.
You sit down at your study area and start going through your notes. Ten minutes later, your phone beeps. It’s a text message from your cousin, Neha. She’s asking about the Dashain vacation family trip that you’re going on after your exam.
After exchanging five text messages with Neha, you look at the time. Twenty minutes have gone by!
You put your phone on silent mode and get back to your preparation. Fifteen minutes later, you get a sudden eagerness to check your Instagram.
You made your mind to spend only a few minutes on Instagram, but you end up browsing through stories, commenting on a few posts, and watching two videos on IGTV.
You decide to post your status: “Life dilemma: Study for the exam or check Instagram. Instagram wins.” All of this takes you another 25 minutes. I’m sure these things happen to you. It happened to me as well when I was a student, and most of my students experience the same too often.
Don’t worry; there is hope. I am mentioning a few techniques you can use to defeat distractions.
Here are six tips for you:
- Switch off your phone or put on silent mode and place it at the other corner of your room.
If you are a smartphone user, you must know how distracting it is. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Emails, Youtube, Whatsapp, and yes, the whole internet thing is at your fingertips.
Even an ordinary cellular phone can be extremely distracting!
In this case, I strongly recommend putting your phone in silent mode and place it to another corner of the room before you start your study.
If possible, switch it off.
With this, you won’t be distracted by phone calls, text messages, or the ocean of the internet. You can always check your phone every 40-45 minutes when you take a small break and entertain important calls or texts.
2. Switch off your Internet access.
You might intend to use your laptop/tab for study, but you can easily find yourself on social media or YouTube instead. (You got it what I mean)
When you are using your device to study, the WWW is just a click away. Don’t trust yourself to hold that temptation. Turn off your device access to the internet before you begin with your study.
You can download all the necessary online resources before you turn it off.
The internet is a medium that has the power to both entertain and educates.
3. When you get distracted, take a deep breath
Distraction comes in waves in the form of desire to watch TV, check WhatsApp or text messages, checking Facebook status, or maybe you feel like cleaning your room when it’s time to be productive, right?
But these intense urges last only for a short period so you can resist those initial waves and carry on with your studies.
Here’s how to defeat the urge when it hits you: Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in for two seconds, then breathe out for two seconds. If it still persists, repeat until it goes off.
Using this simple method, you’ll spend four to eight seconds, breathing deeply, after which you’ll get back to work. If you don’t use this method, you’ll probably end up getting distracted for 15 minutes, or even longer.
4. Ask people to provide you privacy.
I’m confident that something like this had happened to you before while you were reading:
- Your friend entered your room with a guitar
- Your mum came by to ask you about your preparation
- Your cousin asked you for advice
- Your sister asked you for help with her homework
The list goes on.
I understand relationships are significant and strongly believe in relationships.
But when you’re focusing on study, I am damn sure you get interrupted, so I strongly recommend you to go to people who are likely to disturb you and say something like this. “I have my exam coming up in a few days, so I need to concentrate. Would you please give me privacy when I enter my study room and not interrupt unless it’s something really urgent?”
In this case, your family and friends will respect your privacy and your commitment to academic excellence.
5. Do not skip eight hours of sleep every night.
As a student, I understand you have so much homework to do, so many projects to work on, so many commitments with friends and family, so many activities to participate.
Compared to all of these activities, sleep seems to be ignored. But sleep is vital if you want academic success. It’s a scientifically proven fact that sleep affects your memory, focus, and functioning of your brain.
If you’re not sleeping enough, you’re not going to achieve academic success in your life.
You will easily get distracted when you are sleep-deprived.
Here is some advice to help you get to bed earlier
- Set a nightly alarm to alert yourself to go to bed.
- Go to bed every day at the same time.
- Don’t drink caffeine after 5 pm.
- Read a book before bed. This will help you wind down
6. Use a tool like Todoist to help you prioritize your tasks.
Todoist is a web or App-based tool that allows you to manage projects and prioritize tasks conveniently.
I started using the Todoist mobile app a year ago, and I’ve found it to be propitious in keeping my life planned.
Students usually get distracted when they think about all the other tasks they need to complete. This prohibits them from focusing on the task at hand.
By using a tool like Todoist, you’ll be able to stay on top of all of your assignments, projects, and other duties. With a well-organized approach toward task management, you’ll make the utmost of every study session.
In our increasingly connected world of high-speed internet, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and Smart Artificial intelligence, assistant devices distractions are throughout.
You’ll need to make a conscious and committed effort to stay on task. I hope these tips will help you in your quest to win over distraction.