1. Put your phone on silent mode and place it at the other end of the room.
- If you own a smartphone, you know how distracting it can be. Facebook, Twitter, email, text messaging and yes, the entire Internet, are at your fingertips.
- Even a non-smartphone can be extremely distracting!
- As such, recommend that—at the start of your study session—you should put your phone on silent mode and place it far away from you. Preferably, you should place it at the other end of the room.
- This way, you won’t be interrupted by phone calls or text messages while you’re studying. You can always check your phone every 30 or 45 minutes when you take a break.
- If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit that few of the text messages and phone calls you receive require an immediate response, so it’s reasonable to get back to the other person when you’re taking a break.
2. Turn off your Internet access.
- You might intend to use your computer for work, but you can easily find yourself on Facebook or YouTube instead.
- When you’re using your computer, the World Wide Web is literally just a click away. Don’t trust yourself to resist that temptation. Turn off your Internet access before you begin your study session.
- If you need to access certain online resources, then download all of the necessary information at the start of your session before you turn off your Internet access.
- The Internet is a tool that has the power to both entertain and educate. By turning off your Internet access when it’s time to focus, you’re harnessing the power of the Internet effectively.
3. Avoid multi-tasking
Multi-tasking is one of the biggest distracters for youngsters. So if a person is multitasking on three tasks (math assignment, chatting, and internet surfing), Getting information from all the three sources – and memory – even though maybe at this moment working on the assignment. This failure to filter out information from the other two sources slows students down.
That’s the problem.
Human minds have evolved to pay attention to one task at a time. When you’re multitasking, you’re essentially switching (your attention) back and forth between those tasks, which is nothing but a huge distraction.
4. Take a deep breath when you’re about to get distracted.
Distractions come in waves. The urge to watch TV, clean your room (I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like clearing my room when it’s time to be productive, right?), and check your phone attacks you suddenly—and it can often be overwhelming.
But these intense urges only last for a short while. If you’re able to resist that initial wave, you’ll be able to carry on studying instead of succumbing to temptation.
Here’s how to fight off the urge when it hits you: Close your eyes. Breathe in for two seconds, then breathe out for two seconds. If the urge still persists, repeat until it goes away.
Using this simple technique, you’ll spend four to eight seconds breathing deeply, after which you’ll get back to work. If you don’t use this technique, you’ll probably end up getting distracted for 15 minutes, or even longer.
5.Get eight hours of sleep every night.
As a student, it seems almost impossible to get enough sleep. There’s always so much homework to do, so many projects to work on, so many activities to participate in, so many friends to hang out with, and so many parties to go to.
Compared to all of these things, sleep seems so unimportant!
But sleep is vital if you want to perform well academically. It’s an established scientific fact that sleep affects your memory, concentration and brain function. If you’re not sleeping enough, you’re not setting yourself up for success in your student life.
When you’re sleep-deprived, you’ll also be easily distracted.
Here are some ways to help you get to bed earlier:
- Have a nightly bedtime routine
- Wind down at the end of the day by reading a book
- Don’t drink caffeine after 3pm
- Go to bed at the same time every day
- Set a nightly alarm to tell you it’s time to go to bed (this has been exceptionally helpful for me!)
6.Control worries and unwanted thoughts
So many things become so automated in our lives that we don’t even realize when they creep in, when they leave, and what consequences they heap on us. One such is unwanted thoughts: worries (‘what if I don’t score 90 percent’), unpleasant experiences (‘why did he say this to me’), and plain random thoughts or daydreaming (‘what about Goa for my next holiday’).
Such unwanted thoughts can creep in anytime, often in the middle of a productive session, pulling your attention away from the task at hand. This is nothing but a distraction.
Now, this may sound overly simplistic, but solutions to big problems typically are simple. The challenge lies in showing the discipline to train your mind to follow the process so that in due course you tackle unwanted thoughts in auto-pilot mode. Don’t you focus more when you’re learning something new? And then in due course, the steps become automated. Think driving.
Draw five vertical columns, and name them:
– what I want TO BE
– what I want TO DO;
– what I want TO HAVE;
– what I want TO CHANGE;
– what I want TO IMPROVE:
As you think through the goals and objectives you want to achieve in the four columns, consider the following dimensions of your life:
– academic pursuit (your top priority);
– career aspirations;
– mental development;
– physical health;
– financial wealth;
– family relationships;
– social networking;
– recreational ventures;
– spiritual development;
Again, take your time. You are planning your future.